Thursday, January 26, 2006

Well now that certainly was nice

Pardon my excitment, but hot damn, the Wolverines are back!

Now none of this should be news as most intelligent observers saw it coming months ago. Yep. OK, enough with the back patting.

Michigan took care of business at home against the #11 ranked MSU Spartans last night. Yes, they did. When's the last time you could say that? God, I'm mortified to even try to imagine the last time we defeated a team ranked as highly as MSU is. 1997 upset of #1 Duke? Might be, but I'm not sure. It's safe to say it has been a really long time since Michigan looked like they belonged on the court with a very good opponent and got the win in that game. Screw moral victories. The close losses in Champaign and Bloomington helped prove Michigan was a good team. This win helps prove they are a good team that can get the job done in crunch time.

Critics of Tommy Amaker? You better have more ammo then the fact that he was incapable of having a good season when his team had something like 100 games lost due to injury on the season last year. Also, please come with a little more than a single collapse by a young Seton Hall team. You better recognize that the last 3 healthy Michigan teams Amaker has had have gone 10-6, 8-8, and so far 4-2 in Big Ten play. And he's just now getting a full roster to work with coming off NCAA sanctions.

And to anybody that mentions the 34-10 free throw disparity, please reference the Michigan game in Bloomington this year. I have zero sympathy for a road team that gets homered by the refs in Crisler. None. Nada.

And now it's on to face the team alone at the top of the Big Ten: Wisconsin. The Badgers are a little short handed after losing both Greg Stiemsma and Marcus Landry for the rest of the season. And they also lost to North Dakota State for crying out loud. But rest assured, this will not be a cake walk. The Badgers are a very difficult matchup and I'd hate for Michigan to come out flat after a big victory. Then again, Wisconsin lost by 10 in Columbus and road teams aren't looking so hot thus far in conference play.

Excellent showing by the boys in Maize and Blue!

2 Comments:

Blogger Johnny said...

This feeling of enthusiasm for the basketball team is just so foreign to me. I really don't know how to absorb it.

Anyway, thanks for the link, Rob

Fri Jan 27, 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not bad in the preseason predictions department . . . though you did (in the July post) fall prey to the media hype and call Abram our best player.

I like Lester, but I have to say that the media has seriously overrated him. His game isn't even close to Horton's. Lester's a complimentary player who benefits from all the open looks his teammates get him (hence the high shooting percentage). Horton's the focal point of every opposing defense, and STILL is a money player.

Fri Jan 27, 01:39:00 AM  

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