Watched the 1989 Michigan home game.
1 - IU was super outmanned talent-wise. This is the Michigan team that won the NCAA championship that year and included RIce, Mills, Robinson, and Higgins - all NBA’ers. IU’s top talent was Jay Edwards, who could do incredible things.
2 - IU played ok, not great. Coaching effort was good - patient, controlled, solid strategy - but not necessarily one of RMK’s notable masterminds.
3 - Man, those RMK teams used to play sooo gd tough - top to bottom. They really stayed in the game with raw toughness and determination. From Jadlow, to Jones, Hillman, and even the star Edwards — when they came on the floor they knew to get after it ALL the time. Don’t see that too often these days across an entire team. Guys made mistakes, but lack of game effort on every play, and even sub-play, was never one of them. IU pretty much wrapped up the Big regular season title with this win, and w out seeing the whole season, with this team you know they won purely w effort, not talent.
4. Edwards hits the game winning 3 as time expired - beautiful shot - and Bobby jumps up and down and celebrates in excitement (big dude then) like one of the kids. Nice to see - don't recall him ever showing that much outward excitement any other time after this game/season.