"coming off the bed"
I think that's a typo.
Apologies for the delay, technical difficulties
Michigan struggled early against Houston Baptists's size and changing defense, but a barrage of three pointers led by DeShawn Sims started a 22-9 point run for Michigan to end the half up 12. The HBU starting big men, 6'11" Damian Lewis and 6'9" Mario Flaherty, used their length and size to slow down the Michigan offensive attack as well as get second chance opportunities for themselves. Flaherty, matched up early on with Zack Novak, had offensive rebounds in the game. Novak fought hard, but did not have the size or strength to defend Flaherty in the post or seal him on the shot.
Early on, Michigan appeared confused with the defense and struggled to get quality shots. Even when they got a good shot, they were not shooting well, having a lot of shots rattle out. HBU regularly switched up their defense at one point using a version of the 1-3-1 that Beilein had never seen before. LLP loosened the lid on the rim with Michigan's first 3pt FG, which started a quick spurt. All within 4 minutes of gameplay, DeShawn Sims hit four 3pt FGs from the exact same spot on the floor. Both Harris and Novak added a three as well to help Michigan run out to a big halftime lead. Just before halftime with only 4 seconds on the clock, Manny stole the inbound pass and made the layup as the buzzer sounded.
The second half saw Michigan play better on defense and play with a good mix of patience and opportunism. The rotation has sort of come together with Stu Douglass coming in for Morris at the 13 minute mark and Vogrich and Gibson coming in to spell LLP and Novak respectively. Wright subs almost exclusively for Harris.
"coming off the bed"
I think that's a typo.
This is awesome, thanks.
And MgoBlog means never having to say you're sorry...
"Stu Douglass is getting used to coming off the bed."
Sounds like someone needs a nap. :)
This was my first basketball game (4th football game in the Big House), but was never able to catch it right to watch a basketball game. Love Crisler Arena...I was a little sad that it wasn't packed (understanding that there was a hockey game that night as well). That said, my wife and I sat 5 rows behind the recruits, which was awesome. Watching Devin Gardner stroll in (with his coach I believe) was amazing...that dude is huge! Here's to a great basketball season!
Most, if not all, of the kids taking their officials were at the basketball game. At halftime they had a spirited discussion of whether a carbonated soft drink ought to be called soda or pop. It was pretty funny.
Fuckin' Cali kids.
It's pop and don't ever let anyone tell you different!
Is it club pop or club soda? soda fountain or pop fountain? And its not only west coasters who know the right terminology, us east coasters do too.
Soda is pretty geographically isolated to the northeast and southwest (and one bizarre spot in the middle of the country); pop and coke cover more area.
I love the lineups we have going. Stu and Gibson work really well together. Stu with 7 assists is awesome as well. Vogrich had a down game, which is probably how the season will go for him (up and down). Thankfully we have more scoring options than I can really ever remember. I'm glad they struggled a little bit. Hopefully it will get them refocused so they can have a good showing against Creighton and Marquette this weekend!
Some student in the Maize Rage was yelling something during Manny's FT that looked like it pissed him off. He took a look back at them after his first miss.
HBU had some decent size in the middle and that gave Michigan trouble.
Zach Gibson had a solid game rebounding the basketball, we'll need a lot more of that.
I think the team was looking ahead to the Old Spice Classic to start the game but once they got going they looked a lot better.
- Manny Harris is one of the best players in the country.
- Matt Vogrich looks like he is 12.
- DeShawn Sims, with his outside shooting, combined with his well timed aggression down low, is an incredible weapon.
- I was impressed with Darius Morris, he appears to be content being a true point guard and is not preoccupied with becoming a scorer.
- Ben Cronin appears incredibly uncomfortable and awkward, he walks with a significant "hip limp" and looks to be out of whack, almost like someone with hip dysplasia and/or scoliosis. Is this just since his surgery, or is this the reason he had surgery in the first place?
So happy to see basketball season underway. We have a very deep team (although interior size will still be an issue) with dangerous shooters and multiple threats (Manny, Darrius) to drive and dish.
If Gibson falters, look for Cronin to get more time (and yes, his gait is very Gheorghe Muresan-like). Morgan is a certain red-shirt...so fingers crossed for solid play from Gibson.