***Iowa v. Michigan - 2/25/21 - 6:00 PM - ESPN***

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Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale on the call.

I really think we'll get a win here. Similar teams (elite center, good outside shooting), although they are obviously more athletic.

But, Luka will be the difference.
 

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Dick Vitale is an exceptional human being and has been most of his life. There are few people that care more, are more positive or do more for the fight against children's cancer. They can advertise his book as much as they want.
 

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Dick Vitale is an exceptional human being and has been most of his life. There are few people that care more, are more positive or do more for the fight against children's cancer. They can advertise his book as much as they want.
Absolutely.
 

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Mahatma Gandhi was a good guy, doesn’t make him a good color guy
 

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Vitale, like Corso, is well past his prime. But it won’t be the same without them.
 

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I liked Vitale more about 10-15 years ago but he is mostly incoherent now and his inability to focus destroys me
 
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Dick Vitale is an exceptional human being and has been most of his life. There are few people that care more, are more positive or do more for the fight against children's cancer. They can advertise his book as much as they want.
He also has legitimate passion and joy for the sport he’s working. I’ll gladly take that over Bilas’ constant bitching and all of the writers who seem to despise the actual games they’re covering much of the time.
 

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Other than being somewhat annoying on tv, my only gripe with Dickey V is his praise of Pitino and other shady characters. But whatever, he’s fun to have once in awhile because of the energy he brings and just all around joy for life.
 

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Eh, vitale did a lot of talking in support of shitty people like Jim boeheim.
 

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Vitale mentioned during the Wisky game that his days are numbered, or something like that, and he wanted to get back to the games in-person before he died.
 

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Does Michigan double Luka, or let Luka get his like they did last year and focus on trying to shut down the rest of the team?
 

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Their strategy of letting Luka get his worked last year as far as W/L so I’d guess they stick with it.
 

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If you don't enjoy Vitale's shtick then he can be tough to listen to when he calls a game, but there's no doubt that he seems like a legitimately good guy.
I don’t. I really don’t.
 

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Iowa by 10. And Garza makes a crystal clear case why he's the true POY this year against that fuck stick Dickinson
 

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Ive always loved Vitale.

If you dislike someone who is truly happy, enjoys life, and approaches his work with great joy and enthusiasm, the problem is likely you.
 

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I often listen to him wondering how saggy his nuts are.
 

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Vitale being on a game means it's a big game. Otherwise it's full of cliches and hearing about everything else on ESPN other than the game currently on.
 

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I often listen to him wondering how saggy his nuts are.
It has been a couple years, but the last time I saw them they were "these once held an extremely large hydrocele" large. It's possible they have come back to normal.
 

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Vitale's thing works when there's a roaring crowd in the background. It's unbearable without it.
 

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The fact that we’re bitching about the announcer calling the game and not the team is a giant leap for Halomankind.
 

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I just want to hear Gus Johnson say Weezy.
 
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Does Michigan double Luka, or let Luka get his like they did last year and focus on trying to shut down the rest of the team?
It seemed like Teske could never stay out of foul trouble when he was guarding Luka. I'm guessing they'll give Dickinson a little more help.
 

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It seemed like Teske could never stay out of foul trouble when he was guarding Luka. I'm guessing they'll give Dickinson a little more help.
Teske was just a big body that Garza could beat with skill. Dickinsons arms are so long that he recovers defensively out of nowhere. Michigan will sub Davis in when Garza sits but also likely try to get him to use all 5 of his allotted fouls if he’s in when Garza is.

I’m not really worried about Iowa offensively as I think this game will look a lot like the Michigan-Ohio State game. Michigan doesn’t really have a player Iowa can hide bohannon on on defense. Smith and Brooks both drive and kick as good as anyone in the league. Livers as well. Wagner, Smith, Livers, Brooks and Brown are all good shooters and like I said above, Dickinsons arms are so long he grabs a ton of offensive boards. Their only shitty player if you can call him that is Johns.

Iowa just needs to be close to matching their 3s with their own. Assume you’re going to give up 30-39 points from 3 point range. Michigan’s last 2 games have been close but both Ohio State and Wisconsin made idiotic plays in the last 3 minutes that took a 3 or 4 point game to 7 or 8. They also don’t miss free throws.

Im most worried about the 12 minute to 8 minute stretch in the first half. Fran is going to throw the usual rotation out there, Michigan goes on a little run to take a 4 point game to a 10ish point game and the rest of the game is basically played at that spread similar to last years game up there.
 
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