MBB: Italy Tour Game 1 Stats & Quotes (M Wins, Hatch Plays)

Submitted by Ace on August 17th, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The men's basketball team defeated the Perugia Select Team, 99-60, in the opening game of their Italy exhibition tour. Zak Irvin led the way with 27 points on 10/13 (5/8 2PT, 5/5 3PT) shooting, followed by freshmen Kam Chatman and Ricky Doyle chipping in 12 apiece. Most importantly, Austin Hatch entered the game for the last few minutes, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd:

The full box score, which was compiled by hand by the Michigan staff—hence no minutes played tally—is below (click to embiggen):

Visual proof of Irvin being Not Just A Shooter™:

Postgame quotes from John Beilein, Hatch, and more courtesy of the athletic department:

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein

On the opening victory on U-M's Italian exhibition tour ... "Offensively, that first quarter was not what I was expecting. With us playing so well offensively that led to us playing so well defensively. You don't know what to expect in games like these. The first quarter was probably a little above what I thought we would do. The last three quarters were a little more predictable for a team on a trip like we are on."

On what he learned that will help going into the next game ... "We will have 48 hours before our next game. This film will be invaluable. There will be plenty of it that will coach the coaches on what we have to teach better. The second part is we will have a chance to sit down with players on the train tomorrow when we go to Verona. It will be just a great teaching tool."

On getting Austin Hatch getting into the last three minutes of the game ... "It was a special moment. Austin even led us in the fight song after the game was over. It's something he has worked very hard for. It was a great moment for our team; however, it was truly special for Austin and his grandfather, Jim, who was here in the stands."

Freshman Austin Hatch

On getting into the game ... "(long pause) As you can imagine it has been a heck of a journey to get here. Playing basketball at the University of Michigan has been my goal since I was a little kid. It was unreal to be here and to have actually played a game. I really feel like I have that game under my belt now and I really feel like a Michigan basketball player."

On almost getting an opportunity to score ... "I am not going to take a shot if it is not the right point in the game. For example if I have an open three and I have a teammate who is open under the basket, you better believe I am going to be passing it to him. Yeah, it would be cool if I made a three. It would be a good story, but I am about my team and my teammates."

On leading the team in 'The Victors' ... "It was unreal. To lead the team in the fight song after the game is a big tradition. I learned that early on in the recruiting process and watched U-M sing it a lot on my visits. I always thought to myself, 'I hope someday I am in position to be able to do that.' Just like everything else that happened today, it was just unreal to be able to do that."

Sophomore Zak Irvin

On his opening 27-point, 11-rebound game ..."I really shot the ball well today; however, I have to give my teammates credit because they were looking for me and getting me the ball. The big thing for me was getting to the hole and I was able to do that. I was able to score inside and outside. It was a great start for us, a great game and hopefully we can keep this going."

On U-M's red hot first quarter ... "We came out shooting the ball really well. That just speaks volumes for our team. We are all looking for each other and playing unselfish basketball."

On how this team progressed ... "We are a growing team. There were a lot of things that went well today, but there is plenty we still have to work on. We can do better communicating and on the defensive end. We came out to Italy and had a great game, but we also just have to enjoy and really take in everything on this trip."

On Austin Hatch getting into the game ..."It was great to see that, especially after everything that Austin has been through. To see him step out onto that floor just meant so much. I have known Austin since the eighth grade so to see him out there playing was just incredible. I hope he is able to do that a lot more during this trip and beyond."

Freshman Ricky Doyle

On playing his first game in a Michigan jersey ... "It was a lot of fun. Finally getting out there with all these guys was a great experience. There is a lot more to come. It's going to be a great year."

On Austin Hatch getting into the game ..."He has been through so much and for him to be out here with us, it is phenomenal. He is part of our family. He is one of our brothers. Seeing him going out there was just as important to all of us as it is to him."


rob f

August 17th, 2014 at 5:16 PM ^

had chills running up and down my spine while reading the quotes given by Austin.   Getting to lead the team in "The Victors" post-game.  Talking about fulfilling his dream. 

This is wonderful beyond belief.  Wow!

San Diego Mick

August 17th, 2014 at 5:48 PM ^




  • The team winning by that big of a margin, what a difference a few years makes in going over to Europe and playing lights out like that.


  • Irvin shooting so well and looks like he along with Levert and Walton will be the leaders of this team.


  • Austin Hatch being able to participate is heartwarming beond belief, I wish him the best future on and off the floor, seems like such a great young man. I feel like I have to fight off the tears when I read about him.


  • This team is going to be a deep team, albeit young, but deep and talented, I think it will be another over achieving season, wouldn't surprise me at all.


  • I love Beilein and staff, we are so lucky to have him, he'll be around for a while and our BBall program is in awesome shape and will be so fun to keep following.


August 17th, 2014 at 6:40 PM ^

Is any mistakes that were made in this game will get cleaned up. Our staff does a hell of a job of breaking down and teaching these kids what they want as coaches. Can't wait for hoops season.
I stood in front of Chrisler last night saying "Open Open Open"


August 17th, 2014 at 7:54 PM ^

inspiration on the bench each game This was a pleasure to read and appreciate on all levels. And it looks like this team may just find its own level of success as it prepares and bonds together. We can only wish for the best. But what  a great start. 


August 17th, 2014 at 11:05 PM ^

I really can't wait to actually see them play. The stat sheet only tells part of the story. Like Doyle, for example. Extremely efficient offensively, but no rebounds for the biggest guy on the team? You can read into that but without seeing the actual gameplay it's impossible to know if that's a legitimate concern or not.


August 18th, 2014 at 9:01 AM ^

The only bad thing I see from the box score is the 16 TOs, which is above average for a Beilein team. Even with that though, we still had 23 assists and 14 steals.


August 18th, 2014 at 12:52 PM ^

I'd say the 16 TOs were to be expected with the influx of new players and this being the first game this year's squad has played. From following along on Twitter, it was clear that the freshmen were getting a ton of minutes, and at one point Beilein put four of them on the floor at the same time. Some sloppy play was the result, and at one point in the 3rd or 4th quarter Beilein even called a timeout after several straight miscues. I doubt this will be trend in 2014-15.