4 pts in the last 10:00 of game time and win comfortably, you know it was a good game
Michigan 79, Nebraska 50
Shooter [Bryan Fuller/MGoBlog]
After consecutive makes from beyond the arc, everyone in the building save one man within earshot of the press area knew Zak Irvin was putting up another one. "Shoot it!" implored the fan, who must not have caught a Michigan basketball game until today.
Irvin needed no such encouragement, firing away and getting a friendly bounce off the front of the rim for his third triple in as many possessions to give the Wolverines a 28-point lead over Nebraska—with 3:35 still remaining in the first half. Irvin had already scored all 16 of his points by that juncture, hitting four of his seven first-half 3PA (he missed two in the second).
It'd be one thing if Irvin's outburst stood out as particularly unusual; it's another matter entirely when the whole team plays at that level. Glenn Robinson III led the team with 23 points (5/7 2-pt, 3/7 3-pt) while adding five rebounds and two steals. Caris LeVert finished with 16 points (2/3 2-pt, 3/4 3-pt) after opening the game with an alley-oop pass to Robinson followed by consecutive three-pointers. Nik Stauskas only attempted three shots; he still finished with nine points, eight assists, and five rebounds.
Excluding the first four minutes of the game, Michigan peaked at 1.51 points per possession a couple minutes into the second half; they'd finish at an impressive 1.26 despite scoring four points in the final ten minutes. Their eFG% reached as high as 85.7 late in the first half before finishing at a mere 62.5. They led by 41 (41!) at two different points in the second half before slowly phasing out the starters.
On the other end, Michigan stymied Nebraska's offense, limiting them to 0.81 points per trip with a 39.8 eFG%. Until the extended wind-down period, the Wolverines were on pace for their best efficiency margin in conference play in the KenPom era. By halftime, this one was over, and attention could be turned to more important matters, like certain former players in attendance:
L to R: Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner, Will Campbell [Fuller]
It was a laugher, to be sure, and a great way to bounce back from the team's first conference defeat.
Derrick Walton continues to round out his game impressively. His eight points (1/2 2-pt, 2/5 3-pt) and three assists don't leap off the stat sheet, but Michigan didn't need him to do a whole lot tonight. In addition to hitting a couple spot-up shots from beyond the arc, he had a very aggressive fast break finish early in the first half—his improvement running the fast break is apparent and continues to pay dividends.
Glenn Robinson III had as close to a "quiet" 23 points as one is going to get; this is largely because he scored 12 in the second half when the game was no longer competitive. He got his outside shooting game going, hit his favorite free-throw pull-up jumper, and finished with authority on the break for the game's first basket. He also did impressive work defensively, helping hold Nebraska's leading scorer, Terran Petteway, to just five points on 2/10 shooting and matching Petteway's three defensive rebounds with three offensive boards.
Spike Albrecht didn't score, though he still made an impact with four assists, including an alley-oop toss to Jon Horford (7 points, 3/5 FG, 2 REBs) which marked the precise moment this game should no longer have been played. Jordan Morgan played 20 minutes without recording a point, hauling in four rebounds (all defensive) while helping limit the Huskers to a 22.5 OReb%.
Robinson looked great today, which makes it all the more frustrating that he isn't more consistent against good competition. He has so much ability and disappears for long stretches, then will make a play that makes you wonder why he doesn't do that more.
Hope he can just build off of this and play more aggressive in the next gauntlet here, we could use him.
Three cheers for Bryan Fuller for that photo and his other fine work!
the new McGary and Horford!
I might have to use that picture of BWC as my new avatar...
I was personally hoping we'd keep it going. We always seem to lag on many stats (at least according to ESPN) and it might help our recruiting effort if we blew out a game every once in a while.
You are sitting feet from Denard and Devin!
Bad news- you are behind BWC.
Good news - there wasn't much to see anyway.
Looks like the Indiana loss did it's job, and that was to re=focus us. Missed the game tonight. Was able to listen to the first half on my way home from work but I don't get the BTN at home.
Pleasantly surprised by GR3 tonight. Hopefully this wakes him up. We will need every point we can get at Iowa.
How did DG look? Does he still have a cast or crutches?
The 13 year old said that Devin went to catch a pass and hopped a little, favoring the one foot.
Gardner for WR!
Denard was sitting in someone's seat and they MADE HIM MOVE?! I felt embarrassed for the lady.
Saw Brian and I know he's technically part of the media, but he showed no emotion and didn't even clap once. Dude was stoic. Not an insanely exciting game but still.
Devin looked fine. No crutches or cast.
I watched the game on BTN it looked like there were plenty of seats to choose from. It was a good boring game, I needed one of those.
And Tim Miles is officially my second favorite B1G basketball coach. He seems like such a funny and nice guy.
Is huge in person. That guy should be a beast on the boards next year.
that Zac had a chance to go off tonight. Needed to make sure other teams scouting us know that we have multiple scoring threats and with he and GRIII having good nights, hope that fees up opportunities for Nik/Watson/Morgan.
Good news all around.
Who's Watson Sherlock!
That was the worst display of shooting I've seen in a while. They couldn't throw it in the ocean if they were standing on the beach.
You should watch more OSU games.
It seems like the players, especially Nik, forced stuff to get him a basket, resulting in some turnovers. Nebraska did a good job (their only one?) of preventing that. It's almost like Nebraksa went in the game saying, "We're not letting Morford beat us." That wouldn't have been my first choice of defensive strategies.
In a game like this, I'm cool with guys clikcing into extra-pass-a-notch-above-optimal mode. It promotes further tightness. In a tighter game, they'll have to eschew the extra unselfishness.
What woke up GRIII? Zak Irvin going off. It seemed like after Zak hit those 3 straight triples, GRIII was amped up for his team mate, but at the same time wanted to one up him. At least to me, it seemed GRIII fed off of the energy Zak created.
Not to be "that guy," I just think he plays well in meaningless moments. Up by 25, no pressure to shoot 3's. GR3 still needs to prove he can be that guy when it counts.
He'll get his shot the next three games.
I think that early alley-oop woke GRIII up. He also had an early curl for an easy lay up. I think that got him some confidence, because then he started hitting Js.
IMO get him involved early, and he'll have a good game.
Devin Gardner is a former player?
Wow, maybe ESPN was right.
Is this any cause for concern?
Early on, looked like UNL was somewhat following the lead of Duke and IU and not letting Nik be the one to beat them. They stayed with that strategy even after falling way behind, but with everyone else being red-hot from the start with 3-pointers, Stauskas seemed content to make the extra pass rather than forcing his own shot.
Seemed to me both that the MW61COHC (Man With 61 Candles On His Cake) had the team well-prepared and the CWIMTJAS (Canadian Who Is More Than Just A Shooter) learned his lessons well in the aftermath of the comatose performance at Assembly Hall on Sunday.
He was better, but still visibly frustrated with his shot. He was pissed off after he bricked an open 3. Can't let it get in his head.
Stauskas seemed to be enjoying playing facilitator. His 8-9 assists were mostly due to his creating offense, I wasn't concerned watching and I'm not concerned in hindsight
He had 1 shot attempt and 6 assists like 10 minutes into the game, they were doubling him hard and he was finding open teammates, no cause for concern at all, he played great and smart.
Fun game to watch. Ace I hope we can get a gif of the alley oop from Spike to Horford: Momentary Nebraska player stuck to the court followed by Spike rodeo finger in the air.
That was just a steamrolling. You almost feel bad for Nebraska that they walked in its way.