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Which team in the conference gives Michigan the most problems? Who would you least want to face?
They have great perimeter D, and Craft really contains Burke which hinders our offense a whole bunch. Plus, they can kind of abuse us down low.
This post was edited by TAMUWolverine 13 months ago
Yup. Same for me too. Long and athletic on the wings, and Craft is maybe the only player in the country who can truly contain Burke.
I would rather play Indiana then either OSU or MSU.
Here is my thoughts as an OSU fan.
Craft, Scott, Thompson, and Smith Jr are probably the best quartet of perimeter defenders in the country, so they are able to disrupt teams that produce mainly from guards, like Michigan with Burke, Robinson III, Hardaway. Offensively, never discount Thomas to carry the team.
Indiana is just an overall balanced team with some shooters, Zeller in the post, and Oladipo making plays but they're still beatable. I'll know more how Michigan will match up with them in like 5 hours from now after the game. Definitely a top 8 team in the country, but to a team like Michigan, there are worse matchups out there in my opinion.
MSU's bigs cause problems, but they don't score in bulk. The team goes as Harris (and more so) Appling go. Contain Appling and they can struggle. Still dangerous, but beatable.
Wisconsin is scary. If they're hot, they are the most dangerous team to beat in the country. Tall shooters that can spread out the floor and knock down shots. Plus they slow the game down and force you to play their style. It hampers teams like Michigan and OSU who like to score in transition.
Don't sleep on Iowa either, I wouldn't want to play them in the first round of the B1G tourney.
This post was edited by JStan12 13 months ago
MSU is the worst matchup for us, IMO.
- Nix/Payne are a tough combination for our rotation, either forcing GRIII to cover Payne in a defensive mismatch, or forcing us to use two bigs at the same time which doesn't seem to be an effective lineup.
- Gary Harris / Branden Dawson also give us matchup problems because putting Stauskus on either one can give them a big mismatch since they both can be top scorers. Hulls for Indiana is much smaller than Nik, so if he sticks with him, he can at least try to disrupt the outside shooting with his length.
- MSU as a whole plays with much more effort against us than they do other teams. It should be that way in a rivalry game, but you really see them wanting to beat us and are willing to push further to do it. (Though OSU does the same because you see Craft checking Burke at halfcourt compared to other teams where he sags back to the 3pt line to conserve energy or provide help on passes).
Ohio State is a close #2, with Indiana #3 for me.
All of those teams are beatable. The difference is IU loses games because they beat themselves. When they play up to their potential, they are the best team in the B10 and probably the best team in the country. They have as much or more talent than anyone, they have tremendous depth and they are a veteran team with juniors and seniors throughout their full rotation. They are not a team you want to run into in a single elimination format when you must win to move on because you have to hope they have an off day.
This post was edited by MrWoodson 13 months ago
I'm with Dizzo on this.
Burke owns Appling and to me that makes the difference. Having a Burke on the floor who is able to do his thing changes the entire dynamic of the offense.
TBH Sparty is just a meh team offensively much like OSU is a meh team offensively. They both rely more on rebounding and defense to win. And every few games one of their players goes off from beyond the arc, but generally they aren't strong teams offensively. When Michigan plays well (like today) we are better than MSU or OSU.
Ohio, MSU, IU, WIS and PSU.
With so many excellent teams in the Big Ten and not much separating them in terms of sheer talent, it really does come down to match-ups. Ohio State is actually the only team in the Big Ten to defeat every team in the conference.
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