I know, I know. This is the first Sunday Skull Session in half a decade, but today seems like the right occasion for a special edition. After all, I write Skullies for game days, and today sure feels like a game day.
Plus, I didn't get the chance to write Michigan football's pregame obituary this year, so I figured I may as well bury the basketball team with my online words instead, especially since Michigan is a basketball school these days anyway. And I couldn't pass up the chance to use Kyle Young's tattered victory jersey as a battle flag.
I must say, after the past two decades on the football field, it is a little refreshing to head into a rivalry game where the other team and fanbase reasonably expects to win, and it's going to make it all the better when my team stuffs them down a garbage disposal.
I'll admit that Juwan Howard is doing some good stuff up north and that this is the most threatened I've felt by Michigan in any sport in recent memory, but they're about to get buried. And the best part is, I don't even know who's going to be doing the burying because there are about eight guys who would lead the team in scoring and I wouldn't even blink.
Shut down E.J. Liddell on the inside? That's fine – Justin Ahrens and Duane Washington will let it fly outside. Those shots aren't falling either? That's cool, that's what Justice Sueing and Seth Towns are for on the wing. Need to go back inside? Kyle Young and the GOAT Zed Key are waiting. And then there's CJ Walker, who's scored in double figures in four of his last five games off the bench – and also doesn’t miss free throws.
Yeah, Michigan's stacked. Yes, they're a national title contender. Sure, they're probably going to win the Big Ten. But they're running into a Buckeye buzz saw today, and it ain't going to be pretty.
We all know Michigan's a basketball school these days. But after the Buckeyes drag the Wolverines through broken glass for 40 minutes today, I guess it'll make Ohio State The Basketball School.
BEST GAME EVER. Remember that one time No. 1 Ohio State met No. 2 Michigan in football in 2006? Or when No. 2 Ohio State met No. 3 Michigan ten years later? That's what we've got on the hardwood today.
It's quite literally the most contentious regular season Ohio State vs. Michigan basketball game ever.
Was trying to look up when the last time Ohio State and Michigan basketball had matched up with both having a top 5 AP ranking, but it appears that Sunday will be the first time ever— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) February 19, 2021
The good news is, Ohio State seems to fare well as narrow home favorites in Games of the Century, so I'm cool with having faith in that trend.
REVENGE GAME. I'm petty as hell, so I'm certainly not above getting revenge for something that happened before I was born. And folks, Juwan Howard is about to pay.
In 1992, freshman Juwan Howard helped Michigan keep Ohio State out of the Final Four.— Rachel Bachman (@Bachscore) February 19, 2021
Now, Howard is the Wolverines' coach, and the Michigan-Ohio State men's basketball rivalry is hotter than ever. https://t.co/kIqbfN2V7C pic.twitter.com/ikrV1QTN7B
Maybe one day we'll have a chance to return the favor in the tournament (maybe even in a few weeks?), but this will have to do for now.
HANG 100. Ryan Day didn't have the chance to follow through on his threat to hang 100 on Jim Harbaugh this year, but it looks like the football team is now turning to the BasketBucks to do the deed.
Hilariously, the football team probably had a better chance to do it. But with the way Chris Holtmann's squad has been shooting these past two months, I wouldn't rule it out.
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