As the .01% that gets ESPN U, I was able to watch the full game in the comfort of my apartment. I couldn't help but be very encouraged, despite the loss, about the youth of this team and the future under Beilein.
-Douglass and Novack seem confident on the floor w/ the ball in their hands.
-They will return pretty much their whole rotation except Merritt and Shepherd.
-Beilein seems to be getting the most out of role players (Lee, Merritt, etc.)
-Love to see Manny coming on much stronger than last year.
-Can't wait to see UM playing in big games at Ford Field.
-Can Gibson dunk? Should have dunked it when he got blocked.
-Michigan seems to leave their feet very quickly on defense to block shots. Is this part of their aggressive 1-3-1 that is the price of creating turnovers?
Solid game. I am looking forward to the future. Too bad they couldn't put it all together. Hang w/ Duke and perform as expected for the rest of the season and we will hopefully slip into the Big Dance. Go Blue!