Game 4: Michigan vs. Memphis Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Whether you’re on your couch, in your cubicle, in class or at the bar next to your office, join in the discussion for Michigan’s matinée island showdown with the Memphis Tigers. It’s the first true test of Michigan’s young season and the beginning of what should be quite a week for Michigan sports fans.

Tip off is 3 p.m. eastern time (10 a.m. Hawaiian) and the game is televised on ESPN2 and for those of you stuck in the office you can catch in on WatchESPN.com/ESPN3.com.

Preview Content:

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    Seems that all you have to do against Memphis is control the pace. They have very little structured offense. It’s all street ball. 

  • Michigan has mostly corrected turnover problems (1 in 12 minutes) and defense is just getting better. Memphis is struggling to score from anywhere but the FT line. 37% eFG% for the Tigers at this point.

  • Joshua Bock

    Good coaching by Beilein there, getting Burke out with 8:30 and surviving through the under-8 timeout

    • Yup, he’s talked about his conditioning a lot in the early games. He knows he needs him but has to figure out a way to rest him, especially with games tomorrow and Wednesday.

    • rlcBlue

      Michigan’s bench not losing ground when Burke and THJ were resting is one of the stories of the game.

  • Mikebainbridge20

    should have known back door was coming lol

  • skitchbeatz

    lots of backdoor action.

  • Andy

    Crawford really thought that was not a foul? What a punk. He HACKED Hardaway across the arm and chest

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    Nice block by smots

  • rlcBlue

    SmotBlock!

  • Mikebainbridge20

    badd offense possession

    • skitchbeatz

      it was a good pass actually

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    Man smots makes one good play then a bad play. He catches that and its an easy basket

    • Andy

      Tough pass to handle. Coming a little fast from a little to close. Plus, a little high makes it tough to get your hands up to catch it in time.

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    Nice job Burke

  • Mikebainbridge20

    BURKE

  • MGoTweeter

    we got tired again.  gotta control the pace better

  • Mikebainbridge20

    You just can feel with Burke we are going to get a ton of good…but then some freshman moments

    • Andy

      Exactly. Take the good with the bad, but overall has been outstanding.

  • rlcBlue

    The defensive pressure may be affecting Burke’s decisions.

    • MGoTweeter

      i think he was just tired.  He basically ran four straight sprints before that play

      • rlcBlue

        Yeah, that’s more or less what I meant.

  • Michigan looked gassed there. Need to control this game for the final four minutes.

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    I am glad to see Burke driving this game. I’ll take few bad plays from it. 

  • skitchbeatz

    finally hitting FTs. something clicked.

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    Michigan fans making themselves heard. 

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    YES 3!!!

  • Mikebainbridge20

    yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • rlcBlue

    Very timely, Smots

  • MGoTweeter

    LETS GO

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    This is Michigan’s to lose! Come on boys finish it out!

  • Mikebainbridge20

    My optimism for this team has grown exponentially!!!!!!

    • Andy

      While Michigan looks much better, and I am more optimistic about the season than before the game, I will hold off complete judgment. I think Memphis was a decent matchup for us in the sense that they play into Michigan’s hands. We control the tempo and play smart (backdoor cuts off pressure, zone defense) to help equalize Memphis’ athleticism.

  • Michigan leads 70-56 with 3:14 to play with Trey Burke headed to the line. 

  • Gmunnee

    Bring on the DUKIE BOOTIES!!!

    • IPFW_Wolverines

      Michigan needs to beat Ohio and Duke this week!

  • 10 different Michigan players have scored in this game. 

  • Mikebainbridge20

    dumb dumb dumb

  • Mikebainbridge20

    ok seriously…wtf is Smot doing????

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    Smots has to know to take a timeout there…

  • skitchbeatz

    the press is killing us.

    • Mikebainbridge20

      Smot is killing us

    • MGoTweeter

      wasnt that the first turnover off it????

  • MGoTweeter

    wow stop fouling.  

  • Andy

    Refs trying to keep Memphis in the game with some crap fouls…

  • rlcBlue

    All 40 minutes, guys

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    Need to get the ball to Burke and everyone else clear out. 

    • Andy

      Perfect play would be to have Horford line up under the basket with Burke at FT line. Have Burke come toward Horford thinking Horford will set a pick for him, but set a pick on Horford’s guy, setting him free down the court. It will be WIDE open. They are doubling Burke and whoever gets the ball.

  • rlcBlue

    Shot clock at 24 – looks like it should have been a 10 second call…

    • 10 second call is manual though. Michigan really struggling with the press.

  • gmunnee

    This is getting ugly… we gotta finish strong

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    There we go

  • Andy

    If a team has 4 people pressing on 1 side of the court. The backside of the court is open. Evident on the layup by Horford.

  • Andy

    REALLY excited to see Burke matchup with Austin Rivers tomorrow.

  • IPFW_Wolverines

    Great win, now beat Duke!

  • Mikebainbridge20

    WIN

  • MGoTweeter

    Great game guys!  Go Blue!

  • Brad Stone

    Memphis in a nutshell, they lose by double digits but don’t miss the opportunity for an in your face alley oop slam to end the game

    • rlcBlue

      And Burke resisted the temptation to reply in kind immediately afterwards.

  • rlcBlue

    You’d think after 40 minutes of watching Michigan execute its offense, Jimmy Dykes would have figured out that the offense is designed to get open shots – not just open 3s. But no…

  • Mattski

    Terrific effort, out-performing expectations. Revise hopes for this year upward accordingly. . .

  • gobluemd16

    Really great performance today, hopefully we get the rematch against Duke tomorrow!

  • MrTroyMercy

    Oh yeh I’m already prepard for hateful comments so …do it!!!!! I don’t care I’m a UMFAN PERIOD!