Extra videos today, as mentioned in the title, with most after the jump.
Tom Izzo discusses the loss in Ann Arbor along with Darius Morris and Kalin Lucas’ exchange on the court after the final horn — around the 2:00 mark. Izzo on the exchange:
“I’ll straighten that (Lucas throwing the ball at Morris) out but at the same time, (Morris) going for a layup with 2 seconds left and talking a lot stuff all game, including at our place, maybe he (Morris) deserved it.” – Tom Izzo
Sorry for the subpar audio quality, turn the volume up and try headphones.
A win won’t make up for every close loss this season, and it probably won’t even cement Michigan’s NCAA tournament chances, but it would certainly make a statement. After a week of buildup, everyone is well aware how important this game has become. Michigan is favored (by 1 point), won the first meeting on the road, and is playing at home. Now it’s finally time to play the game.
|Who: Michigan State (17-12) at Michigan (18-12)|
|Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI|
|When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 5th|
|TV: CBS / Coverage Map / Official Video Stream|
|Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA 1050 AM /Sirius Ch. 122 / XM Ch. 143|
|Opposition Blog: The Only Colors|
|Last Time: Michigan 61, Michigan State 57|
|More: Beilein Video / Player Video / Merritt Q&A / Pick to Click|
“That’s a game that can turn your season around” – Zack Novak after Michigan beat Michigan State in East Lansing.
The differences between this Michigan team and last year’s team are best illuminated by how their seasons turned at the end of January. Michigan hosted Michigan State around that time last year and lost in devastating fashion as DeShawn Sims’ desperation layup rolled off the rim at the buzzer. The loss moved Michigan to 10-10 (3-5) and they would only beat two other teams, Iowa (three times) and Minnesota (twice), over the next two months. That regular season ended with a disheartening loss at Michigan State that looked more like a Spartan victory lap than an actual game. Michigan scored just 14 first half points and the game ended with Michigan State’s seniors kissing the block-S in the middle of the court.
This year, Michigan traveled to East Lansing on the tail end of a six game losing streak and accomplished what felt impossible. The Wolverines won the game then used that momentum to kick off a 7-3 stretch over the next month. Now the Wolverines have a chance to complete the turnaround, clinch a Big Ten Tournament bye, and bolster their NCAA Tournament resume. All that lies in the way is their in-state rival, a team that has been to back-to-back Final Fours and is coached by a man that lives for this rivalry.
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