Scores were dunks due to crappy d on psu part. They failed to account for him on the backside...someone should of had a body on him. That doesn't happen against a osu or MSU. Not five times. Someone will obstruct his pathway and be back on d.
Michigan/PSU Postgame Thread
I want to hear his explanation. Because I don't think he has a clue what he's talking about.
Obviously teams have figured out that they have a chance at beating us if they stop the transition. GR3 is mainly scoring off transitions as of today. He doesnt create his own shot so if we cant run, he doesnt score and thats not do to being exhausted.
It's the lack of transition, which comes from not getting defensive stops.
It's also that we utilized probably too much 2-man ball in those games which too often leave GRIII in the weak side corner since he usually operates on the right side of the court with Burke attacking from the left. It's also that Burke hasn't been as effective beating his man and getting into the lane off the pick and roll, which mean that GRIII's man isn't helping or turning his head, making it harder for GRIII's cuts and slashes to be effective.
Today, in addition to getting out in transition, we ran a lot more motion sets, the first of which led to GRIII setting Morgan up for a point blank look.
But good post.
Thanks man I appreciate that.
Can IU get warmups that do not resemble a candy cane?
Can ohio win a BIG championship with quintuplets named "Buckeyes"?
Can Tubby Smith dance?
You would not believe how attached IU fans are to the candy-stripe warmups.
i got tickets to the game in happy valley on the 27th. alittle worried after penn states effort today and michigan's lack of effort on the road as of late.. anyway will be my first michigan basketball game GO BLUE
At least our bad loss was to a Top 5 team on the road. Anyone watching this Wisconsin - OSU game?
I'm enjoying that game - but I hope Ohio snaps out of its funk in time to play MSU at Value City.
Ohio State's going through the gauntled that we just did. And they're handling it worse.
Sure, it wasn't pretty, but after the past few weeks, AND a crushing loss for OSU at Wisconsin, I'd call it a perfect day. We're still in this...
0 points from the C position. Enough said...
I would like to see more of the [Big]-THJ-GRIII-Lavert-Burke lineup. Brought some good defensive intensity and pressure when we were struggling.
Our bigs, especially Mitch, spend way too much time out on the perimeter, hoping to trap the oppositions point guard. Sure every once in a while we get a steal out of it, but today, it left the lane wide open.
We made Boronvnjak look like an All-American as he had a career high 17 points on 7 for 9 shooting. Kinda hard to miss layups when absolutely nobody is guarding you down on the low block.
Forget the crap out there and get back in the paint and guard your man!
It is driving me nuts. We had Burke on the center at the end of the game. Unless we have help back there and the other team can't shoot threes it generally ends badly. Not worth it! Ugh.
Seriously, look at the combined stat lines of Morgan + Horford + McGary: no buckets, more fouls than rebounds. What the hell just happened? Can't do that against most of the Big Ten.
They missed a TON of easy layups. Ball was not falling today
Thank God GRIII came to play. Welcome back.
I was really pissed the entire first half but knew Michigan would still win.
At least it was a game and not a boring blowout for all the former players who came back.
The House That Cazzie Built, Rice filled, The Fab Five electrified and Beilein resurrected.
but, nice to be past the moster part of the year. Get healthy, get back at Sparty, and get ready for some March Madness.
..but by all the conventional logic, we shouldn't have had to fight today. Here's a handy chart of our FG and 3FG shooting as well as our opponents in conference play (thumbnail - original chart is big):
You can definitely see the trends pre- and post-Indiana at this point. To be fair, we have played four of the top 30 teams in defensive efficiency in the last two weeks or so, which is definitely part of the reason that our average FG% is about 7% less than before Indiana, but I would also agree with those who said we looked tired and flat today as well, so this week before Illinois could not come at a better time. Rest, regroup, work on the game.
It is also noteworthy that the FG% for our opponents is 7% greater since Indiana, as is opponent 3FG%. Tougher defenses seem to get us out of our offense, and we do struggle on defense allowing 0.935 points per possession, significantly less than some of the teams we just played. I think this moderates as this team builds experience, but it was disconcerting to watch a team with a statistically worse defense dictate the game to us for stretches.
I still think we do great in this next stretch, but we definitely need this break.
...should be front-paged ASAP.
...and I choose to blame the terrible acoustics of this new laptop. Apologies to the board on that one.
+5000000000 Cocktails, you're my new favorite poster. I love this blog but some of the board members make me want to shoot myself in the face.
...would you want to destroy a perfecetly good coconut by shooting it in its face?
Well it could be worse. We just won a game and some people are about to just give up on this team. The team had 1, SINGULAR, one game all year where they played a BAD game. My choice between getting mad or upset about a poor performance is to just remember how awesome this is compared to what not so long ago was the norm for Michigan Basketball. For those who wish to say thats a losers mentality. Well, I don't play on the team and if my feelings are somehow effecting how they play, then they should be undefeated.
Without those 2 things you can be beaten by almost anyone,if you can't see that this team is vulnerable then you are watching with rose colored glasses.I hope I'm wrong but I see at least 1 more reg season lose,probably 2,a loss in B1G tourney and another in NCAA that adds up roughly to a 26-8 record,pretty good for a young team but not what we've been hoping for.
I was pleased to see us play more zone and extending it to create turnovers & transition baskets.Also we drove more which got us to the line.
I think Morgan and McGary had about 4 rebounds and ZERO points along with 4 missed layups combined. wtf?
0 points....6 rebs....7 fouls....3 turnovers VS EFFING PENN ST @ HOME !!! We are very soft inside thus we have to play an uptempo type game.
On a side note, how is Amir Williams this bad for OSU?
About Morgan, Mcgary, and Horford's play today, a melmet loses its wings. SAVE THE MELMETS.
My dad just sent me a text from the airport. He ran into Glen Rice standing in line at the taco bell but he didn't have anything to get his autograph with.
Mr. Rice, could you please sign this chalupa?
Just got another text. Looks like Rice is going to be on their plane. They're going for 2 weeks to Denard's hometown, Deerfield Beach. And now they're telling me Cazzie Russell just walked by.
Damn. My parents get to have all the fun.
What about a napkin?
Undefeated at home. Ton of young talent. Lot of big games coming up that will define this season. Need a healthy Morgan. Go Blue
MSU is coming close with a trip to Michigan and Ohio State, and home games against Indiana and Wisconsin.
Very happy to see GR3 back to him normal self.
I honestly think he could be the best player on this team. Which is saying a lot I know. But I just don't think we have seen him turn up the heat yet.
It was extremely quiet inside Crisler for the most part, but it was also understandable the game was definitely a snoozer.
And what is so hard about finding the right color maize? The past two times they gave out shirts, the shirt was orangeish. But in the sections where the blue shirts were given out, the maize on the shirt was the right color. I don't understand it.
Because alot of t shirt companies don't make maize t shirts. Hell the ones who make gold still cant get the right consistencies. U can order a box of 30 and all 30 will not look the same. It depends on the material. So unless michigan gets adidas to make the tshirts for them, i doubt the shirts will ever match.
I don't agree that the game was a snoozer. It was a competitive game for almost the entire way. Our fans' failure to generate more of a homecourt advantage may have contributed to the closeness of the game.
before the game. They seemed tired and not very energetic. I know these guys well so this isn't something I am use to seeing. The team in general looks like the are tired. When you watch the offense there is a lot of standing around on the perimeter while Burke figures out the defense. Today the pick and roll was totally absent thus no scoring from the Bigs. On the other side PSU ran the pick and roll effectively a day and seemed to score at will with it.
It seems to me that the offense is a little stagnate. Not much movement and getting the play running too late in the shot clock ending with an off balance shot or bad shot in general. When you watch other teams in the Big 10 I see movement and these teams attack the basket from all directions. Michigan seems like they attack only from the point to many times. Wing players are in their positions but don't move from there once Burke starts his move into the lane. It looks like he is being a little selfish and not getting everyone involved like good point guards do.
Burke had a great game as a shooter and he did complete a couple nice lobs to Robinson for dunks but Hardaway was pretty invisible and the Bigs need more touches. That starts from the point. One last observation that I've noticed the last few games is other good teams pushing the point out way past the three point line. when this happens its difficult to get the offense going. Teams like Indiana, MSU, and Ohio State move the ball around much better and everyone on the floor is getting touches on about every play. I am not talking shots but touches. this creates a defensive nightmare for teams and this creates the defensive breakdown those teams I listed attack. This team as it stands right now seems a little flat footed against the better teams in the Big Ten. This is something I didn't see earlier in the season. I hope it gets corrected. GoBlue.
Glad we avoided it, but man we look like a shadow of our early season in most phases of the game. Hoping we can use excessive time of and get through next two to get our second wind. Go blue!
McGary needs to stop trying to jump the passing lanes on D. In the second half Penn St got a couple of easy buckets because McGary went for a steal, failed, and forced a help defender to come up and play the ball handler.
Robinson's game is largely dependent on transition opportunities. He isn't confident or skilled enough yet to do a lot of damage one-on-one.
Hardaway wi be fine. He's a streaky shooter. Sometimes it leads to the 2nd half against Ohio, sometimes it leads to the past two games.
We have not displayed the requisite effort to win the battle on the boards in the past three weeks. Offensive boards have been killing us.
Going zone might be a good idea since a lot of our defensive problems stem from perimeter players getting beat off the dribble freeing up big guys underneath or shooters in the corners.
The week off is coming at the perfect time. Beilein will have ample time to look at film and the guys can get some rest after that gauntlet.
I still think we can run the table until the NCAA tournament and go in with a 30-4 record or maybe 29-5. That should be good for a one seed.