We played nearly perfect today, at least when the game mattered...and we didn't need to. We can win without playing perfect. And that is the real difference between this year and last. Michigan completely dismantled the Hawkeyes, from the 11:30am tip to the basket by Eric Puls, winning 64-49 in front of a hungover student section at Crisler arena. 64-49...and it wasn't nearly that close.
I'm a big fan of winning, and that seems to be what Michigan Basketball plans to do this year. This run is nothing if not improbable, and delightfully unexpected. The bulk of the season is still in front of us, but we seem to be able to manhandle the bottom of the conference, play tough against the middle of the conference, and based on our preconference "upsets," just might steal a couple from the top of the conference. We are dangerously close to NCAA buzzword time...rank, seed, RPI, strength of schedule, signature wins, bad losses, and perhaps even BUBBLE.
By all accounts, playing .500 basketball for the next 8 weeks is all that needs to be done in order to dance, which is all that we have wanted for the better part of 10 years.
Next up...Illinois for the second time in 10 days. This time, it's in Champaign. And maybe it wasn't an elbow, but legion is still a dick. Wednesday, 8:30pm, BTN.