Well, I knew going in that Michigan was going to be put to the test playing on the road against a very good Indiana team. And, unfortunately, I was right. Indiana came out amped up, feeding off of the electric crowd. They got a quick 20-7 lead, after not missing one shot. That’s right, they didn’t miss ONE shot in that run. And every shot they made, the crowd got louder.
The atmosphere was ridiculous, but I had a feeling Michigan was going to stay around. When they played Ohio State on the road, OSU went on a 26-3 run to begin the game. Michigan almost won that only losing 56-53. As I predicted, we begin to establish our offense and force turnovers defensively.
We stayed around the whole game, making big shots and playing tough defense. However, as I predicted, Victor Oladipo and Cozy Zeller exposed our defense multiple times. Now, more than half of our players playing in this top-level game aren’t even 20 years old. Mitch McGary is only 18, and he had to guard the best center in the country, on the road!
But, truth be told, despite an 8-point loss (81-73), we played a fantastic game. Mitch McGary played a very tough game down low, recording 10 points and 7 rebounds. I thought he did a great job on Cody Zeller, even though Zeller had 19 points. McGary was physical, and made Zeller take tough shots.
And, of course, my man Trey Burke. I went nuts when he hit that deep, step-back, fade away three-point shot at the end of the 1st half. I thought Burke played with poise and efficiency, finishing with 25 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. I love watching him play, win or lose. He is dynamic, agile, versatile, quick, physical, poised, and smart. Great player. He made many tough shots and key plays, and was the main factor of Michigan continuing to stay in the game.
Timmy Hardaway Jr. also had a fantastic game, hitting many tough shots as well. He finished with 18 points, and he contributed largely to the Michigan attack. However, Indiana had too many weapons, and they fed off the atmosphere. Well, at least we didn’t get embarrassed, right? Honestly, its actually a good loss. Yep, good loss. We experienced a loud, wild atmosphere, and played a great team.
Now, I have to give credit to Indiana. Cody Zeller is a beast, and almost unstoppable down low, although McGary played a good game defensively. Yogi Ferrell, the freshman, played a great game with 14 points and 5 assists, providing a spark to keep the Indiana offense going. Christian Watford had a great game, recording a double-double.
And, last but not least, Victor Oladipo. Wow. That’s all I can say. He is a great player to watch. He is ferociously tenacious on D, and very exciting on offense. From big slams to netting threes, Oladipo is one of the best players in the country. He gave Michigan a hard time penetrating, and amped up the crowd with his exciting plays.
Even me, who is so biased, I can’t even tell you… Was smiling, and I just couldn’t root against him. You gotta love a player like that. But hey, we get Indiana again at home, so we’ll see who is boss, then. I really wanted Michigan to win though, so I could prove to my friends Mikey and Ryan that Michigan is better than Duke. Oh well, we gotta make it up against that team from Columbus. Go blue!
And, finally, the Super Bowl. Which Harbaugh will join their sister with a big win this weekend? By the way, if you didn’t know, this is a big weekend for the Harbaughs. John and Jim’s sister, Joani, is married to Tom Crean, Indiana’s coach. The Harbaugh brothers’ brother-in-law got a big win against Michigan this weekend, so who do you think will get the BIG win tonight?
Honestly, I don’t like Jim Harbaugh. He went to Michigan, yes, and was even the starting QB when my dad was in Ann Arbor. However, I just don’t like him. First of all, he made disrespectful, unnecessary comments about Michigan a few years ago, when he was interviewed about the vacant coaching job at Michigan. Also, he complains when he is coaching, and I don’t like his negative, annoying demeanor when he is on the sideline. So, I would like to see John Harbaugh and Tom Crean laugh in his face at Thanksgiving.
So, I will be rooting for the Baltimore Ravens. I am only 12, so I don’t really know what happened with Ray Lewis in the past. However, he is a good, inspirational football player, and I think he deserves to get a nice Super Bowl victory to end his career. Now, who do I think will win? I don’t know. It’s a good game. I want to say the Ravens, but the 49ers are on a roll. But, let’s go with John Harbaugh, 31-27.