Night number two of our Live Blogging here on M&B. Again, apparently Canseco Fieldhouse has the worst internet server to ever be created. So we did this running diary during the game and edited it early this morning. Thanks for the patience.
Alllllllllright!!!! Back for Round Two! Between now and when we finished last nights game, here’s what happened:
- Rob and Stu were forced to share a bed after I won odds/evens throw-down to win the single.
- We saw LeBron make a case for defensive player of the year with his block on Jason Richardson.
- UConn/Syracuse played the game that never ended.
- Talked to Gus Johnson over beers.
- Drunk Iowa BTN intern spit all over Stu while trying to start a conversation with us and WOLV-TV
- I attended a job fair that didn’t take resumes
OK! Good times. Now on to the game…
Crowd has filled in nicely to the Fieldhouse. The fans are 80-20 in favor of
“Queme los barcos”: The UM team comes out of the locker room wearing shirts with this phrase on the back. It means “Burn the ships” and was the message Cortes told his troops before storming the
(By the end of the game, I was calling for the team to burn the shirts along with the ship they traveled in).
GAMETIME: Like the show 24, events occur in real time,
17:54 Douglass puts it on the floor and gets called for a 5 second. At least he put it on the floor as opposed to the picking up of his dribble. Of all the players on this team, Douglass has the biggest identity crisis. Scores 20 against UConn, and then disappears down the stretch in the B10 schedule. He plays great defense, and then we don’t hear from him for three straight games. I give up trying to figure this kid out.
16:33 Zack Novak hits the deck and is bleeding. The official tells Beilein “He’s bleeding again.” I swear Novak loses more blood a week than any other player in any sport I’ve ever seen. They really should set up some sort of charity deal with the Red Cross where U of M will donate 100 dollars for every time Novak loses blood on the court. This would be the biggest charitable donation in U of M history. Guaranteed.
15:14 McCamey for three. 7-4 Illini. Anthony Wright into the game for the Wolverines. He attempts his first three and it’s way off. Over/Under Anthony Wright taking 2.5 shots on the next three possessions…or until he feels better about himself.
11:40 Douglass for three!!!!
This is a good time to mention that
10:00 Coach Beilein just called the Illini “not a good rebounding team.” Irony?
9:10 Novak takes a charge underneath the hoop. I’ve seen this call go either way 6 times today in the previous two games played here today. The rule change that needs to happen most is the charge under the hoop. If this happened, Manny Harris would set the record for foul shots in a month.
7:33 Mike Davis has ten points. Anthony Wright back into the game as Merrit knocks down a three. Wright puts a bigger body on
5:28 Zack Gibson with his second reverse in as many possessions. Good thing
4:22 Heat-check 3 by Gibson. Way long. CJ Lee just said “Don’t leave McCamey! Leave
3:49 Timeout on the floor.
I need to mention quickly that Larry Fitzgerald Sr. is here covering the tournament for his
Good to see Larry Sr. holding his journalistic integrity to the highest degree.
…However, it hasn’t stopped him from wearing a Cardinal’s No.11 jersey this whole weekend. Each day. At least it was easy to tell who he was.
2:36 Wright. Shepherd. Lee. Sims. Harris. Lineup combo 102098756 for Coach Beilein this year.
1:19 Meachem on Harris. I’m thinking mismatch.
23.5 Manny with an incredibly awkward looking three point. He shot that as if he was walking a tightrope with one foot in front of the next. Something is not right with this team…
Stu has nothing to add. Terrible shooting half. This team almost looks like they won the first game vs.
Here is our Halftime exchange with Rob:
Rob: We are playing well!
Stu: Is that sarcasm?
Rob: No, it wasn’t
Stu: They are shooting 9-30!
Rob: Relax. It will work out.
10 minute pause….
Rob: Alright. Well, these stats are worse than I thought.
19:22 Tisdale hits the Illgauskas-patented 16 footer off the high screen and roll. Sims answers with a deuce of his own. 27-26 Illini
14:13 Douglass has a two-on-one with Harris cutting to the hoop. Here is my thought process:
“GO! Nice steal! He's got Manny on the wing. Take it- wait…
What’s he doing? He’s slowing… He’s not going to sho- NO! #@$%!!!!!!!!!!!
5 seconds later...
Coach Beilein: "Five more steps for the wide open lay-up!"
See? Me and Coach see eye-to-eye on plenty of stuff.
12:26 Meachem with a dagger three. Manny with the runner that goes too long. Crowd is roaring behind us. It looks as if Illini was the only team to buy second session tickets.
Bill Martin just used his phone to cancel his hotel reservation for tonight.
10:27 Sims with a steal and the forced foul at the other end. Splits the pair. Just notced Jeffrey Jordan has a “Jumpman” tattoo on his entire right shoulder. Jeff, your dad is Michael Jordan. Everyone knows this! This might be the worst tattoo decision I’ve seen in a long time.
9:20 Sims walks after getting good low post presence.
4:12 Sims for 3 from 19 feet… even though Rob had the call and said it was a 30 footer! Like Belushi giving his speech in Animal House, Rob was in the moment and we are letting it slide. Momentum is starting to swing slightly at this point.
3:29 Sims on the lay-up. Down by 7. UI controls. Here we go.
UM Band plays “Living on a Prayer.” Cliché and not necessary.
1:06 Someone just yelled out “What are you doing Hightower?” That’d be great except… Eddie did the first game at noon. Valentine (the ref from this game) probably gets this a lot, but looks nothing like Ed, except for the fact that they are both black. For future reference, Hightower has hair… Valentine has very little of it left.
0.00 Terrible finish. 60-50
Best Moment of the Weekend: We have a tie! Getting to meet Gus Johnson over beers at the BTN media party, or getting to say “hello” to Erin Andrews. Media Relations director Bruce Madej got a hug from EA, so this trumps anything WCBN achieved this weekend. Although I got to give props to Gus for taking a couple minutes to chat and let us ask some questions.
We’ll be back next week, hopefully with a full broadcast. Hope you enjoyed the blog, and we’ll have a tourney preview (with a special guest) hopefully later this week.