I didn't see the game but the box score is sure impressive. Another solid game from Sims, double digit assists for Manny, everyone getting in on the scoring, around a point per min for llp, and best of all, only 5 tos. Say goodbye to Amaker ball, this is definately a team in the right direction. I really think they will make some noise in the Big10, which looks strong right now. Nice wins for the gophers and spartoons today. Peace out.
BBallers lookin' good...
They were real hot early on -- Douglass was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers within a minute and a half, and at one point, they had an 18-0 run. Oakland cut the lead to 4, though, and M didn't pull away until the last two minutes of the game. We had a lot of problems hitting easy layups and short shots for some reason. The new guy (is it Lucas-Perry? I can't remember) looked good, hit a few threes.
Rebounding was for the most part pretty bad, and the defense paid for being overaggressive today, for sure (which struck me as odd -- we seem very unaggressive on the boards on both ends of the floor, but the defense is as aggressive as it is?).
Good game overall, though.
Aggressiveness on the boards is no the issue, it is simply an issue of size. It will remain an issue all season, and Coach B knows it. I think that was one reason for bringing Sims off the bench at start of season. He has to manage the minutes and foul situation carefully for a roster with only 2 bigs in the rotation. However, they are so well coached it will cover up thus deficiency in B10 play and get us into the tourney.
Blocking out might help.
You're probably right. It just struck me today how small we are. I mean, Oakland's roster looks like they're bigger than us for the most part, and that's just strange to me.
I watched the game start to finish as well. I wasn't as concerned with the rebounding. I actually thought are rebounding was better than average. We outrebounded them 36-34 and lost the offensive rebounds 15-12. My bigger concern actually was the defense. We played very little zone. I assume that is because of a couple of factors, LLP's first game, Oakland started hot as well, Kangas can be a lights out shooter, etc. For Michigan to win they need to be able to force turnovers, they only forced five against a team averaging nearly 15 per game. The other disturbing trend was how easily we gave up post buckets to their center he had a career night, and that may have been a fluke, or a minor flaw in our armour. I dont know, kind of curious as to what everyone thinks. I think the teams we will struggle with the most this year are teams that can score consistently on the block.
we need a better inside game so we don't have to rely on the 3 ball so much. but on a positive note, it's nice that we've gotten back to the point where we can nitpick our basketball program.
I remember my fiancee asking me last year why I like to go to bball games. I love the fact that we can nitpick our team. anyone think belein is a serious contender for coach of the year?
he's gotta be in the running for it. if we keep it up my guess is that he'd win it.
An inside game would be the balls, but I wonder how important it is as this point? Check out the list of players that can knock down the dirty triple:
Having that many players with the ability to stroke it from downtown neutralizes the deficiency from the big men.
Only until tournament time.
He's our best 3pt shooter at 100%.
OOOO sorry glaring ommission there. Puls will light it up with .23 seconds left!
with anthony wright, noticably absent today, and I don't remember seeing him on the bench.
he wont see very many minutes unless its a pinch.
LLP took his minutes, and that my folks is an upgrade to the nth degree.
No bout a doubt it sir. LLP F'n nailed the bajeebers out of his first 4-threes. w00t! The DIAPER DANDY WAS ON FIRE BA-BY!!!
Seeing him jack up off-balance 40-foot threes on fast breaks.
Bentley I did notice that we played man-to-man the whole game once again as we did against Eastern last weekend. I wonder if Beilein thinks that when push comes to shove in March we need to be able to play man-to-man, so we're essentially practicing it against weaker non-conference opponents? If that was the case though I'm surprised when Oakland cut the lead to four we didn't switch back to the 1-3-1. I can't imagine any situation right now where man-to-man is actually a better strategic move considering the 1-3-1 has been absolutely lights out even against the Duke's and UCLA's of the world. Anybody have any ideas?
Well, I really don't know exactly how the 1-3-1 works, but my guess is that Beilein wants to practice man-to-man against weaker opponents so the option is there. It doesn't hurt to be diverse -- you never know when it might come in handy to switch up the defense, I think.
no point in using it if you don't need it. However, I did get a slight bit nervous when oakland closed to 4, but they quickly pushed it back to 12 and the game was over.