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Thought I would get this started.
I will be watching from my phone at our family get together. Go MF Blue!
Last B1G team standing - feels good, man.
I really hope my family is gone by game time.
We are having brunch and I don't like watching the games in big groups.
Either way, I hope our length and shooters have as big as an effect as possible today. THJ and Stauskas should have some good looks today.
I really hope Stauskas gets going. He's had a lot of good open looks lately, just needs to start draining them.
I will he enjoying Easter with over 50 other relatives. My dad, me, an uncle, and my daughter are the only Michigan fans that I know of.
Sparty fans that I know will be cheering for Florida will be, all 3 of my sisters, a BIL, 3 of their kids, an uncle, his son, 3 other cousins and 2 of their children.
Others either don't care or I don't know who they will be cheering for.
Should be fun, but I am like you and don't like watching games in that type if setting.
My two cents.
For most of the season (and most of Beilein's time at UM), we've had no post presence and mediocre to poor rebounding. Late this season, the injury to Morgan accelerated McGary's development and he has exploded on the NCAA stage. It took VCU by surprise, which is understandable. And although KU had the benefit of seeing McGary's performance against VCU, KU (especially Withey) saw that as a fluke game and continued to underestimate McGary. McGary substantially ourscored and outrebounded Withey as a result.
UF is in a very tough position. If McGary continues to play at this level and they play him one on one, he will eat them alive inside. But if they decide to double him by helping off whoever is guarding Hardaway and Stauskas, it could leave just enough extra room for one of them to have a career shooting game from outside.
With McGary playing at this level, we are an entirely different team. We are, for the first time in nearly two decades, a complete team with potential NBA talent at all five starting positions. Opponents have to be concerned with Burke, McGary and our outside shooters all at the same time. If they cheat off one to devote more resources to another, that one could be their undoing. If McGary continues to play at this level, we can beat anyone. But that's a big IF. He's still a freshman. And the pressure increases with each game. There is very little margin for error at this level.
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I'm pretty worried about Murphy. Robinson will have to be covering a 6'10 PF who can shoot the three, that is scary. Hopefully he is up to the challenge.
Glenn must also use his speed on the offensive end to get some easy baskets. I don't see Young or Murphy being able to stay in front of him if he chooses to drive.
Also Hardaway and Stauskas both have severe length advantages on the guys checking them. They should be able to shoot over the top, and late rotations will be even less effective.
I'm really nervous but also confident. We played in the toughest conference in America. The player of the year is wearing Maize and Blue! The only thing that scares me is if the players are still as high as we are from the Kansas come back. They should be confident though. Beating Kansas wasn't a David vs. Goliath win. We have been in the top ten all year. We are a good team that is peaking at the right time. Lets kick some gator ass!
It should be a good game.
The thing that worries me is what happened to OSU. They were dead cold shooting against WSU (especially in the first half) while WSU drained seven straight 3 pointers. 3 point shooting is streaky and if UF is hitting and we aren't it's game over. Of course, the opposite could happen too. We have multiple very good shooters (just as good as UF). Neither team can afford to go cold from outside while the other lights it up.
In the tourney, you cannot afford a bad half. Yeah, we had a bad half against Kansas (actually, a bad 35 minutes) and won, but that is the exception, not the rule.
I hope we get out to a good start.
I look for THJ or Stauskas to have a big game today.
Florida is going to put full court press on Burke. Florida has two capable bigs also. As long as Mitch does what he has been doing & stays out of foul trouble that goes a long ways. Key is TH Jr & Stauskas hitting the outside shot & GR3 taking the rock to the hole.
It will be a very competitive game.
I'm watching the game at the girls parents....Should be interesting. I'm pumped, Go Blue!
Who else is already drinking?
Just fired up a tasty bloody mary. Go Blue!!!
Latest line ...
Somebody convince me why we will win today.. Nerves are kicking in
Florida has a subpar resume this season. Look at their losses. Look at the margin of victory in their wins. Look at the teams they have played, most notably in the latter half of the season.
If we lose today it's because we deserved to lose. If we come out and play the way we have been this tournament we shouldn't have much of a problem imo.
But, at the end of the day, it's March.
We're Michigan, fergodsakes!
UF's defense is #2 on kenpom. Is that even close to legit, or is their D overrated? I haven't watched UF at all this year, except when Arky beat them down.
It's impossible to know. They've played an easy schedule, which almost certainly has inflated their stats. But it doesn't mean they aren't a very good team. FWIW one off games often don't go to the better team. They go to the team that plays better that day. UF and UM are close enough that it doesn't matter which is better. It only matters which one plays better today. Cross your fingers or say a prayer or put on your lucky socks and hope it's us!
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