Site Updates, The 1-3-1, and Darius Morris

Dylan Burkhardt

Site Updates
First a note about the site, I added a new page to the top — Stat of the Day. This is a service provided by that will feature a new stat every day. You can click the “+” to expand the listing or click the full link to head over to StatSheet.

The 1-3-1
Next up, The X’s & O’s of basketball has an in depth feature on Beilein’s 1-3-1.

Remember, there are always more than one way to skin a cat. Penetrating the gaps is a good zone offense principle, but your guards have to be faster then the defense can close in. If not, you’ll need to use another strategy. The good thing about gapping, is that it will work regardless of your personnel.

Northeastern actually did OK, keeping the first half score within 10. One thing to keep in mind against zone teams like Michigan who play zone mostly only after dead ball is, if you play good defense and get stops, that means you’ll play Michigan M2M (Beilein feels it is difficult to transition into their 1-3-1 on live ball). Michigan’s M2M defense is not nearly as good as their zone, that is usually the case for zone teams in general. That is how Northeastern kept the game close, by getting stops on defense, and scoring on Michigan’s M2M.

Definitely read the whole thing because it’s a really good look at Beilein’s defense which we are probably going to be seeing a lot more of this year compared to last.

Darius Morris
SLAM Online put a feature up on Darius Morris. A lot of it is chopped up video from old clips off Ball Is Life but I think it’s worthy of a post now that Darius is officially signed. It’s actually the same video we posted a while back but still good to see Darius getting some national pub on

Darius grew up tagging along with his brother Dewayne Morris Jr. who’s currently playing professionally in Germany. That, coupled with the playing for the AAU dynasty Belmont Shore (recent alumni include Demar Derozan and Brandon Jennings), definitely helped shape Morris’ basketball IQ. A 3.7 GPA doesn’t hurt either. Darius Morris has the whole package.

Michigan is in for the real deal. An intelligent point guard dedicated to staying in school and receiving his degree, with a work ethic on the court to rival any blue-chipper has found his home. (Full article here)

  • Hey guys, I totally agree D.Morris deserves national pub; when I saw him play over the summer he easily held the court at the pangos all american camp. John Wall was there but I personally think Darius performed a bit better at that particular camp. Congrats to Michigan for landing Darius, every time I’ve spoken with him, he struck me as an extremely intelligent, funny guy.

  • That’s great to hear Justin. Michigan fans can’t wait to see him in the Maize and Blue. Put him on the court with Manny, Laval Lucas-Perry, and DeShawn Sims and we can make some noise.

  • Darius is going to take quite a bit of pressure off of Manny in the backcourt. I think the main question is how UM’s big men commits will develop for the Wolverines.

  • Kevin In GR

    The video of D-Mo reminds me of an “And 1 Mix Tape”!

  • Ken in Vegas

    Yeah, I guess I didn’t realize that his passing was so sick. He looks like he’ll be a better ballhandler and passer than Manny but won’t have the scoring ability that Manny has. Manny can just muscle through the lane and get quality shots off like I have never seen. He just has great use of his body. The two should complement one another nicely. I will say this though. It’s kind of weird not having anybody that can dunk. Even over the last awful 10 years we have at least had somebody like Petway to throw one down now and again. Sims is probably our closest thing, and he’s not even a dunker. He always just puts it off the glass. I really don’t care about dunking if we’re winning, but it’s always nice to have some rim-rockin going on.

  • ryan

    I have a q

  • ryan

    question not reguarding this thread. I know LLP is eligible right after the first semester. But will that be for the eastern Michigan game on the 13th, or the oakland game on the 20th? I hope the get him in the 13th becasue that will give them a good 4 games before their first big 10 game (against wisconsin on the 31st.)

  • LLP will probably be eligible the 20th.

    Class ends around the 13th but exams won’t be over yet. I don’t think he can play until his grades are in. So it should be at the Palace on the 20th when he makes his debut.

  • ryan

    I will also say that I’m very excited about next year.
    here would be the most likely starting lineup if manny stays around
    I really like this. WIth players like vogich, stu coming off the bench for shooting.
    I think michigan has an OKAY shot at making the big dance this year, but i wouldnt put anything on it. Next year though, I would put alot on it!