Normally I would have better pictures of the game but I was kind of waffling about whether I wanted to go to the game last night. By the time I decided that I wanted to go to the game, I didn’t have enough time to get a pass to be in my normal spot. But I did decide to get tickets to go to the game and I tried to get what I thought would be the best spot for pictures. However, there was this foul rail that sort of blocked my view (unless I stood and I didn’t want to do that to the people behind me). At any rate, I managed to get some pictures.
I was honestly hoping that Eastern would be able to beat the Spartans but as shot after shot clanged off the rim, I saw that wasn’t happening. I still think Eastern would be fine but it would have been nice if they could have made a statement last night.
Eagle Totem has extensive coverage to get you ready for tonight’s big game. I joined Eugene Evans with College Sports Overload to talk about the EMU/MSU game, and Carter has an in depth preview as well. It will take EMU’s best effort, on offense and defense, to pull the upset.
Tonight EMU will take another short drive to face another B1G opponent: the Michigan State Spartans.
- EMU at Michigan State
- Wednesday, December 17, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Breslin Center, East Lansing, Michigan
- Television: Big Ten Network
- Online: BTN2Go.com
- Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Michigan State broadcast on Spartan Sports Network affiliates (online)
- Live stats: MSUSpartans.com
It’s time for another edition of the EMU Basketball Report. Anything interesting happen this week?
Now that we have had a few days to absorb the impact of EMU’s 45-42 victory over Michigan, I think we can put this win in perspective. For starters, those of us who said this year’s team is loaded with promise and is capable of outperforming last year’s team should enjoy a smug moment of quiet satisfaction. I know I did. In the larger picture of the season and its goals, I think Al is right, there is much work left to be done, and make no mistake about it, after a loss to Jersey Tech, Michigan was stunned.
But think about the win in comparison to NJIT. Jersey shot lights out from three, and simply outscored Michigan, 72-70. It was expected that Michigan, shocked by their loss, would come back with renewed focus against EMU. I’m sure that was John Beilein’s intent. Maybe he had Michigan fired up and focused at practice. EMU still managed to keep Michigan off balance, this time in a completely different type of game. Jersey Tech outscored Michigan, but EMU completely stifled them on defense. We did it our way.
Monday night, the Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team did what I – and be honest, most Eagle fans – did not expect at all. It beat Michigan at Crisler Center.
Despite the win, I’m not quite ready to say this team is the real deal. It’s still too early for that.
Yes, Rob Murphy’s team is 8-1, but most of those wins have come against teams like Longwood and St. Francis (Illinois) that nobody has ever heard of unless they went there. The win against Youngstown State was solid in a tournament – the EMU Showcase – where the athletic department essentially bought itself a nice set of trophies that nobody will think about in a month – if they haven’t stopped already. Read more…
After Michigan lost to NJIT over the weekend, I didn’t think that Eastern would have a chance. I thought that the Wolverines would come into this game loaded for bear. As the game progressed, I was thinking more and more that Eastern had a chance to knock off the giant at the other end of Washtenaw County. Especially as I watched the Eagles win the battle of the boards. I seriously think that if more of Eastern’s threes had sunk, the game would get out of hand. At any rate, here are some pictures.
This has to be one of the bigger wins I’ve seen Eastern make since I’ve been photographing for this blog. It was pretty cool.
We’ll have plenty more to say about this game over the next few days, but this is one that I know we’ll all be savoring for a very long time to come. It’s rare enough that EMU gets a win over a major program, but to do it against our closest Division I neighbors is especially sweet!
EMU played a spectacular defensive game tonight, holding the Michigan Wolverines to 32.6% shooting, and just 19% of their three-point shots, far, far below their averages. Price shot well from the field and Talley’s aggressive play produced 7 of his 9 points at the free-throw line — offensively those two were EMU’s key players. Rebounding was also key, as the Eagles outrebounded the Wolverines 36 to 27, and limited Michigan to just two offensive rebounds.
Not to get ahead of ourselves or anything but…
Next Wednesday. East Lansing. You paying attention, Sparty?
— Eagle Totem (@eagletotemblog) December 10, 2014
For tonight, and for a good while to come, let’s enjoy this one; congratulations to the Eagles on a fantastic game!
Tonight EMU will make the short trip down Washtenaw Avenue to face our closest neighbors in Division I, the Michigan Wolverines.
- EMU at Michigan
- Tuesday, December 9, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Television: ESPNU
- Online: WatchESPN
- Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Michigan broadcast on 950 WWJ-AM (online) and 102.9 WWWW-FM (online)
- Satellite radio: Sirius: 92; XM: 195
- Live state: MGoBlue.com
Fun fact: Dayton’s is bigger. UD Arena seats more people than the Crisler Center.
Regular readers of Eagle Totem know that I am prone to the occasional rant, and it is true that I can get a little salty with my analysis at times. But I always try to remember that we are talking about a game, large men crashing into each other at high speeds while playing with an oblong ball. My main interest has always been the overall image and success of Eastern Michigan University.