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2013 NCAA Final - Michigan vs. Louisville

At long last, Michigan is in the NCAA finals and set to clash with Louisville (33-5).
 
Louisville is currently on a 15 game win streak, with their five losses this season as follows: Duke (lost by 5), Syracuse (by 2), at Villanova (by 9), at Georgetown (by 2) and at Notre Dame (by 3 in OT).
 
This one should be a blast.  WE ON!
 
 
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  • At long last, Michigan is in the NCAA finals and set to clash with Louisville (33-5).
     
    Louisville is currently on a 15 game win streak, with their five losses this season as follows: Duke (lost by 5), Syracuse (by 2), at Villanova (by 9), at Georgetown (by 2) and at Notre Dame (by 3 in OT).
     
    This one should be a blast.  WE ON!
     
     
  • I fly into Columbus Monday morning for work and then I need to find a place to watch the game. Any ideas?

    Go Blue!!
  • with the butt hurt coming out already about Michigan winning, I'd stay in your hotel room.......LMAO.
     
     
    I've already heard the refs handed the game to us and this is why there shouldn't be a playoff in basketball. 
     
     
    osu fans, when all else fails, get your butt hurt on.

  • I fly into Columbus Monday morning for work and then I need to find a place to watch the game. Any ideas?

    Go Blue!!
    I would say the Dub Pub or Varsity Club Restaurant and Bar (right near the Shoe[:D])
  • Michigan will win on a shot at the buzzer!
  • Offense against Defense. It all comes down to the two best teams at each. Louisville does not play with a lot of size. They just have fast players everywhere to create speed problems. With what Michigan has seen all ready in the tournament (VCU press, come from behind against Kansas, dreaded Syracuse zone) I think we can handle the pressure.
      Russ Smith may be a hand full for us to cover, but then no one on their roster really looks scary enough to worry. They scare teams with their defense and causing turnovers. If you take away the turnovers from them, you take away a lot of their style of winning.
      
  • It's sad that the network has this game starting at 9:23 pm eastern time. I know it's because of the time difference but they should also consider the kids that want to watch it that can't because they have to be in bed for school. 
  • sounds like Tuesday will be a late start for a lot of kids.........LOL
  • WolvyMike wrote:

    sounds like Tuesday will be a late start for a lot of kids.........LOL

    And adults, who are we kidding...haha

    Go Blue!!

  • It's sad that the network has this game starting at 9:23 pm eastern time. I know it's because of the time difference but they should also consider the kids that want to watch it that can't because they have to be in bed for school. 

    Kids are not the target market....adults 18-45 are so that's why the late start.

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids so let them stay up and watch. They'll remember it forever if Michigan can win!

    Go Blue!!
  • wife and i are heading to atlanta monday morning. no tickets, so we are hoping to score some there. any advice as i have never done this before and don't want to sell the farm to see the game. i'm figuring people will be hawking tickets out in front of the georgia dome, wsu and syr people who want to go home. hoping we can buy something. GO BLUE!!!
  • Maize927 wrote:

    I fly into Columbus Monday morning for work and then I need to find a place to watch the game. Any ideas?

    Go Blue!!
    I would say the Dub Pub or Varsity Club Restaurant and Bar (right near the Shoe[:D])

    Not a chance in hell I'm going back to the Varsity Club...I have not been back since I was escorted out in 2000 watching the Michigan/O$U cheering for Michigan. I had beer poured on me, cheese dumped on me, cussed at and pushed out. Unfortunately, I was by myself as my buddies were in the shoe watching so I didn't have much backup. I went quietly and Henson and Co were already rolling so the joke was on them.

    I'm staying at the Renaissance Downtown and the city is usually deader than a doornail on Monday nights even the arena district so I think I'm either going to Hyde Park to eat a steak the size of my head or headed to Pasttimes in Worthington. Decisions, decisions...

    Go Blue!!
  • First time my mom ever let me stay up late to watch a sporting event was the '89 win over Seton Hall. In honor of that win me and my 8 year old son are going to stay up and watch the Wolverines bring it home!!


    GO BLUE!!
  • Maize927 wrote:

    I fly into Columbus Monday morning for work and then I need to find a place to watch the game. Any ideas?

    Go Blue!!
    I would say the Dub Pub or Varsity Club Restaurant and Bar (right near the Shoe[:D])

    Not a chance in hell I'm going back to the Varsity Club...I have not been back since I was escorted out in 2000 watching the Michigan/O$U cheering for Michigan. I had beer poured on me, cheese dumped on me, cussed at and pushed out. Unfortunately, I was by myself as my buddies were in the shoe watching so I didn't have much backup. I went quietly and Henson and Co were already rolling so the joke was on them.

    I'm staying at the Renaissance Downtown and the city is usually deader than a doornail on Monday nights even the arena district so I think I'm either going to Hyde Park to eat a steak the size of my head or headed to Pasttimes in Worthington. Decisions, decisions...

    Go Blue!!
    About the 1st time somebody dumped beer and cheese on me, the ol Kbar is coming out to play! F$%k that! They like red so much, Ill give 'em some red. 
  • This is the FINAL BOSS. this is the #1 overall seed who has yet to show any reason to doubt them. And we gotta go in there and shock the world. #1 offense vs #1 defense.  #1 lowest turnovers allowed vs #2 turnovers caused (#1 was vcu)
    We walk in the underdogs, lets just hope the boys can walk out champions :).
  • I'm already sick of the Pitino talk. I've listened to some sports radio today, and Michigan seems to be an afterthought alread
  • The same crap we have heard every round except for the first. Watch out for VCU. Watch out for Kansas(close call). Watch out for Florida. Watch out for Syracuse. Yawn!
  • Belien will never be counted as one of the better coaches until he brings home a banner. I believe he is a much better coach than Tom Crean. Sure he didn't have quite the same mess, but he wasn't getting the player that Crean could bring in to IU.
      I won't count it as a shock if Michigan wins. This team has more than enough talent to play with any team in the country. They've played against plenty of different styles in the last two weeks, that they should be well prepared for whatever Louisville wants to throw at them.
       Bring the press, we've got the guards to break it. Bring the zone, we've go the shooters to conquer it. Play tight on our shooters, we have a big man who is playing the best ball of anyone out there, who will make you pay. Bring the up tempo game, because that is what we love.
       Michigan wins in a tight contest; 83-78.
  • We can crush Louisville.  We shredded VCU's press and we'll do the same against Louisville.  They score a ton of points off turnovers but we don't turn the ball over.  That's 2 problems for them.  Third is the fact that Burke, Hardaway and Stauskas didn't shoot for sh** against Syracuse and we still beat their "stifling" defense.  No way all 3 will be off again.  The X factor is McGary and the guy is playing possessed.  I was more worried about Kansas than I am Louisville.  They're a very good team from a great conference but it's one game.  I like our chances.
  • We matchup with Louisville very well. Kansas was our biggest matchup problem heading into the tournament.
     
    It doesn't mean we will win tommorow night, but we should be better offensively tomorrow night. I wouldn't be surprised if we went over the 70 pt mark. It'll come down to Louisville's offense. Can they keep up with ours? Will McGary remain a force on the glass?
     
    One key for McGary is to stop trying to dribble after the rebound. He did it a few times against VCU which led to a few turnovers and he tried it a couple against Syracuse. He needs to stop doing that with defenders around him.
     
    I fully expect Burke to bounce back to his usual self though.
  • Sitting on the Tarmac in CBus cuz our gate is being used by another aircraft and they won't go to another one. Welcome to CBus...this place blows dead bears!

    Go Blue!!
  • I live in the Louisville television market here in Southern Indiana, so I've got my fill of Cardinal sports this year and have seen Louisville play several times.
     
    Much of what has been said here is true. The key to Louisville's offense is their defense. They get an insane number of points from turnovers. Those tip-outs that Mitch was doing Saturday night would probably equal fast-break layups for Louisville. They are insanely quick. If you notice, when WS was taking it to the Cards was when they weren't turning the ball over. Louisville didn't get the opportunity to score off their defense. Then in something like five of seven possessions, WS turned the ball over and Louisville rallied back.
     
    I'm like everyone else. I can't see Hardaway, Stauskas and Trey all being abysmal again. The law of averages has to catch back up ... and they will need to in order to beat Louisville.
     
    I see a couple big keys in this game.
     
    1) Limit turnovers. This is a big fat "duh" but it needs to be said. You keep the turnovers down, then you keep U of L from scoring off those and getting into their press. They are like sharks. They smell blood and get into a feeding frenzy.
     
    2) Mitch has GOT to stay out of foul trouble. What little offense we had Saturday night went into the toilet when he went out of the game. As a part B to this key, Louisville's Dieng (pronounced Jang) is a fierce shot-blocker. He's not quick, but he knows what to do around the rim on both ends of the court. Mitch needs to keep his head in the game.
     
    3) Pitino is going to throw every defense under the sun at us. He's not the Boeheim type who lives and dies by one defense. Our guys have to be aware of what's going on. I really wish we had more than a day to prepare for Louisville, because I know John would have our guys really prepared. That said, Louisville also has to prepare for us in just one day, and that's not going to be easy, either.
     
    4) One final thing ... FREE THROWS! Gotta make 'em. If Mitch can hit a jumper from the elbow there's no good reason for him to miss FTs. We don't have to be perfect, but we can't just give points away, especially in a tight game.
  • scottsdale lol im flying out of CBUS to ATL but cant find tickets to the darn game
  • alans26 wrote:

    I live in the Louisville television market here in Southern Indiana, so I've got my fill of Cardinal sports this year and have seen Louisville play several times.

    Much of what has been said here is true. The key to Louisville's offense is their defense. They get an insane number of points from turnovers. Those tip-outs that Mitch was doing Saturday night would probably equal fast-break layups for Louisville. They are insanely quick. If you notice, when WS was taking it to the Cards was when they weren't turning the ball over. Louisville didn't get the opportunity to score off their defense. Then in something like five of seven possessions, WS turned the ball over and Louisville rallied back.

    I'm like everyone else. I can't see Hardaway, Stauskas and Trey all being abysmal again. The law of averages has to catch back up ... and they will need to in order to beat Louisville.

    I see a couple big keys in this game.

    1) Limit turnovers. This is a big fat "duh" but it needs to be said. You keep the turnovers down, then you keep U of L from scoring off those and getting into their press. They are like sharks. They smell blood and get into a feeding frenzy.

    2) Mitch has GOT to stay out of foul trouble. What little offense we had Saturday night went into the toilet when he went out of the game. As a part B to this key, Louisville's Dieng (pronounced Jang) is a fierce shot-blocker. He's not quick, but he knows what to do around the rim on both ends of the court. Mitch needs to keep his head in the game.

    3) Pitino is going to throw every defense under the sun at us. He's not the Boeheim type who lives and dies by one defense. Our guys have to be aware of what's going on. I really wish we had more than a day to prepare for Louisville, because I know John would have our guys really prepared. That said, Louisville also has to prepare for us in just one day, and that's not going to be easy, either.

    4) One final thing ... FREE THROWS! Gotta make 'em. If Mitch can hit a jumper from the elbow there's no good reason for him to miss FTs. We don't have to be perfect, but we can't just give points away, especially in a tight game.

    Spot on with everything with heavy heavy emphasis on the free throws!!! They are making games harder for themselves to be missing as many free throws as they do. Especially for a team that shoots so well from outside. Another big key for me and I have said all tournament long is rebounding. Since Louisville isnt a great shooting team them limiting them to one shot will be huge not too mention any 2nd chance shots we can get. What ever happens tonight we are p[laying with "house money" and I couldnt be more proud of this coaching staff of or this team 
     
    GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!! 
  • TK23Blue wrote:

    We can crush Louisville.  We shredded VCU's press and we'll do the same against Louisville.  They score a ton of points off turnovers but we don't turn the ball over.  That's 2 problems for them.  Third is the fact that Burke, Hardaway and Stauskas didn't shoot for sh** against Syracuse and we still beat their "stifling" defense.  No way all 3 will be off again.  The X factor is McGary and the guy is playing possessed.  I was more worried about Kansas than I am Louisville.  They're a very good team from a great conference but it's one game.  I like our chances.
     
    Totally agree TK.  I think we match up perfectly with teams that rely on their defense to force to's and create a lot of their offense off of forced to's.  Just like what we saw against VCU and Florida.  And I don't see what Louisville brings to the table to make them all that much more of a threat defensively than anything we haven't already seen this season or in the tournament so far?  I was more worried about how we matched up with Kansas because of the inside presence of Withey and they reminded me more of IU who we struggled with and also with how we matched up with Syracuse and their length and athleticism giving us problems with a zone you don't see a lot of and that is very difficult to prepare for...
     
    One thing we have going for us is that Jay Bilas is still a hater.  He's picked against us since the opening round against South Dakota and he's still picking us to lose tonight!  I just can't figure out what it is that makes so many of these so-called experts want to keep not buying what Michigan is selling?  How many dominating defenses does Michigan have to face and beat before the national media buys into them?  I'm actually glad the press keeps slighting Michigan because both Trey and Mitch have stated that they hear all of the negative talk and they've heard it all year and it only fuels them to go out and prove everyone wrong!  Hopefully they can prove everyone wrong for one more game!
     
    Bring it home boys!  GO BLUE!!!
  • I see thing match up a lot like the VCU match up except Louisville has better athletes and a shot blocker in the middle that can get McGary fits. Two evenly matched teams, led by guard play, X factor may be the bench guys. Hopefully Staskaus and Hardaway are on and we need a POY quality performance out of Burke.
     
    Either way I see this game going down to the wire and decided by a possession or two. May come down to FTs.
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    I see thing match up a lot like the VCU match up except Louisville has better athletes and a shot blocker in the middle that can get McGary fits. Two evenly matched teams, led by guard play, X factor may be the bench guys. Hopefully Staskaus and Hardaway are on and we need a POY quality performance out of Burke.

    Either way I see this game going down to the wire and decided by a possession or two. May come down to FTs.
     
     
    FYI, Withey averaged a block and a half more per game this season than Dieng, and McGary chewed him up and spit him out.

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    I see thing match up a lot like the VCU match up except Louisville has better athletes and a shot blocker in the middle that can get McGary fits. Two evenly matched teams, led by guard play, X factor may be the bench guys. Hopefully Staskaus and Hardaway are on and we need a POY quality performance out of Burke.

    Either way I see this game going down to the wire and decided by a possession or two. May come down to FTs.


    FYI, Withey averaged a block and a half more per game this season than Dieng, and McGary chewed him up and spit him out.
    Dieng is a better defender IMO and faced a better level of competition in the BEAST vs the Big 12.
  • All I got to say is:   Go Blue!!!!
  • As a 3rd grader they asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, instead of the usual answers from kids, I wrote I wanted to be a Michigan Wolverine! My mother still has the paper. But as usual life called, and I started traveling for work. This is my last job on the road (unless the word on the street is true, then I'm going to Miami for one last job! :) south beach girls!) but when I go home I plan on attending a U of M school. It's been my only true dream! With that said, lets go blue!! Make us proud boys, one last time!!!!
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