Shaka Smart, Javan Felix and Isaiah Taylor were on the podium after their 78-72 loss to Michigan on Friday night at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Watch the Texas coach discuss the UT full court press, Michigan’s three-point offense and much more in the embedded media player after the jump.
There were no tired legs on Friday night in the Bahamas and Michigan and Texas went back-and-forth in an offensive shootout in the Battle 4 Atlantis fifth place game. The Wolverines led throughout, but Texas cut the defecit to 1 point with 4:26 to play in the second half before Michigan answered and held on for a 78-72 win.
Before the tournament I wrote that Michigan needed to go 2-1 for this week in the Bahamas to be considered a success. After splitting its first two games against UConn and Charlotte, tonight’s match-up with Texas could shape the next few weeks of Michigan’s non-conference season.
Michigan put up 102 points on Thursday night, a Battle 4 Atlantis record, and was led by German freshman Moritz Wagner’s career-high 19 points. Wagner joined Derrick Walton and John Beilein on the podium after the Michigan victory.
Michigan cruised past Charlotte (1-4) to advance to the fifth place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday evening. The Wolverines had the 49ers doubled up at halftime, 44-22, and cruised easily to the 102-47 victory. Michigan will face Texas on Friday night (7 p.m., AXSTV).