BBallers lookin' good...

Submitted by Lordfoul on December 20th, 2008 at 7:07 PM

I didn't see the game but the box score is sure impressive. Another solid game from Sims, double digit assists for Manny, everyone getting in on the scoring, around a point per min for llp, and best of all, only 5 tos. Say goodbye to Amaker ball, this is definately a team in the right direction. I really think they will make some noise in the Big10, which looks strong right now. Nice wins for the gophers and spartoons today. Peace out.

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Sommy

December 20th, 2008 at 7:35 PM ^

They were real hot early on -- Douglass was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers within a minute and a half, and at one point, they had an 18-0 run. Oakland cut the lead to 4, though, and M didn't pull away until the last two minutes of the game. We had a lot of problems hitting easy layups and short shots for some reason. The new guy (is it Lucas-Perry? I can't remember) looked good, hit a few threes.

Rebounding was for the most part pretty bad, and the defense paid for being overaggressive today, for sure (which struck me as odd -- we seem very unaggressive on the boards on both ends of the floor, but the defense is as aggressive as it is?).

Good game overall, though.

roded

December 20th, 2008 at 7:46 PM ^

Aggressiveness on the boards is no the issue, it is simply an issue of size. It will remain an issue all season, and Coach B knows it. I think that was one reason for bringing Sims off the bench at start of season. He has to manage the minutes and foul situation carefully for a roster with only 2 bigs in the rotation. However, they are so well coached it will cover up thus deficiency in B10 play and get us into the tourney.

Sommy

December 21st, 2008 at 11:44 AM ^

You're probably right. It just struck me today how small we are. I mean, Oakland's roster looks like they're bigger than us for the most part, and that's just strange to me.

bentley2121

December 20th, 2008 at 7:47 PM ^

I watched the game start to finish as well. I wasn't as concerned with the rebounding. I actually thought are rebounding was better than average. We outrebounded them 36-34 and lost the offensive rebounds 15-12. My bigger concern actually was the defense. We played very little zone. I assume that is because of a couple of factors, LLP's first game, Oakland started hot as well, Kangas can be a lights out shooter, etc. For Michigan to win they need to be able to force turnovers, they only forced five against a team averaging nearly 15 per game. The other disturbing trend was how easily we gave up post buckets to their center he had a career night, and that may have been a fluke, or a minor flaw in our armour. I dont know, kind of curious as to what everyone thinks. I think the teams we will struggle with the most this year are teams that can score consistently on the block.

turbo cool

December 20th, 2008 at 7:45 PM ^

we need a better inside game so we don't have to rely on the 3 ball so much. but on a positive note, it's nice that we've gotten back to the point where we can nitpick our basketball program.

Chrisgocomment

December 20th, 2008 at 9:46 PM ^

An inside game would be the balls, but I wonder how important it is as this point?  Check out the list of players that can knock down the dirty triple:

 

  • Manny
  • Sims
  • Novak
  • Douglass
  • LLP
  • Wright
  • Shepherd
  • Grady
  • Lee
  • Merritt

Having that many players with the ability to stroke it from downtown neutralizes the deficiency from the big men.

wooderson

December 21st, 2008 at 2:24 AM ^

Bentley I did notice that we played man-to-man the whole game once again as we did against Eastern last weekend. I wonder if Beilein thinks that when push comes to shove in March we need to be able to play man-to-man, so we're essentially practicing it against weaker non-conference opponents? If that was the case though I'm surprised when Oakland cut the lead to four we didn't switch back to the 1-3-1. I can't imagine any situation right now where man-to-man is actually a better strategic move considering the 1-3-1 has been absolutely lights out even against the Duke's and UCLA's of the world. Anybody have any ideas?

Sommy

December 21st, 2008 at 1:34 PM ^

Well, I really don't know exactly how the 1-3-1 works, but my guess is that Beilein wants to practice man-to-man against weaker opponents so the option is there. It doesn't hurt to be diverse -- you never know when it might come in handy to switch up the defense, I think.