Michigan decided to replay the Savannah State game on Wednesday night, falling behind by 17 by the half, then 20 early in the second half before climbing all the way back, forcing overtime, and pulling it out in the extra frame. Abysmal from the floor at 38%, including 25% in the first half...lackluster D that gave up 39 points to an Indiana team that scored 42 points TOTAL in their only other Big Ten game. Oh, and Indiana just lost at home to Lipscomb. Lipscomb. Lipscomb has a huge conference matchup on January 22nd against Kennesaw State. That's Lipscomb.
But hey, who am I to judge? We got ran out of Crisler in the first half against Savannah State, and Savannah State would sell their soul to get into Lipscomb's conference. Anyway...
A win. A big win. A gritty, come from behind, against all odds win. And the first in Bloomington since January of 1995, when I (and many of the fellow UMTailgaters) were freshmen at Michigan. It was before Ed Martin. It was Jimmy and Ray's senior year, and the first year of Fab Five II...and the win ended a 56 game home winning streak for Bobby Knight's Hoosiers, their longest in school history. It was historic, so much so that I saved The Michigan Daily from the next day. The headline read "Michigan Halts General's March in Bloomington" and I would share it with you from an internet archive...but there was no internet.
Had I known it would take 13 years to repeat the feat, I would have framed it.