Game 11: Alabama A&M at Michigan Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan and Alabama A&M square off in a Saturday early afternoon bout. The Wolverines are looking to wrap up their pre-conference slate on a high note while Alabama A&M is still searching for its first win against a Division I foe.

Tip off is scheduled for 12 p.m. noon at Crisler Arena and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Jim Jackson on the call. Join us in the comments section below before, during and after the game.

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  • FGCU Maize Rage

    Michigan 80
    Alabama A&M 61

    I think it’s time for Stu to really get hot.

  • Joel_C

    Michigan 77
    Alabama A&M 45

    I hope we can really bust this one wide open.

  • Mattski

    If people find a stream. . . getting the living room ready for a Christmas tree this a.m., but would love to check in on the game from time to time. Thanks in advance.

  • jemblue

    I really want to see us make our free throws.  We’re shooting 66% on the season, which just isn’t going to cut it.  I’m not sure what the problem is.  Hardaway, Smotrycz and Burke are all fine shooters overall, but they’re shooting in the 60s at the stripe.  That can’t continue.  Novak and Douglass are our only reliable FT shooters at the moment.

  • Michigan cruising in this one, seem to have a more aggressive offensive approach.

  • Wayman Britt

    Like the lead, but don’t like the TO

  • Wayman Britt

    Wow Brundridge in

  • J-Bag

    Good to see Brundidge play a bit and handling the ball pretty well against some pressure – my guess is he’s not seeing more time for defensive reasons more than offensive. He looked a little slow and flat-footed on D on a possession or two….hopefully something he’s working on.

  • A2JD

    Nice to see CB get in and do something right off the bat.  I wish that Coach B would’ve left him in for longer.

    • umnyc

      Me too! Yanking him after 30 seconds isn’t really instilling any confidence in the freshman.

  • Wayman Britt

    It’s the Novak show.

  • Wayman Britt

    Too many turnovers.

  • Yep… turnovers are the only reason why this one is close. Michigan giving it away on a quarter of its possessions.

  • A2JD

    It seems like so far we really play up or down to the level of competition.

  • Wayman Britt

    I think we have shooting to early in the shot clock sometimes.

  • JDR

    Has ES really made the leap, or is he just feasting on sub-par competition?

  • Half time tempo free stats.
    34 possessions
    Michigan 1.17 points per trip, 53% eFG%, 41% OR rate, 20% TO Rate, 32% FT Rate.
    A&M: .78 PPP, 36% eFG%, 15% TO Rate, 18% OR Rate, 13% FT Rate

  • A2JD

    Smot with a little Moses Malone action, helping himself to 10 first half rebounds!

    • Box score has him with 8. Five for McLimans too. Feasting on all of A&M’s missed shots.

  • Wayman Britt

    When will they learn not to go underneath on the pic with Trey.

  • Wayman Britt

    Smot ate his lunch before shooting that three

  • DB

    Wow, Smot could have written a book out there before he shot.

  • A2JD

    That’s more like it!

  • This is a little more fun way to break a game open eh? Michigan hitting on all cylinders offensively.

  • A2JD

    Hmmm…  I was looking at the ESPN box score.

  • jemblue

    Novak is unbelievably efficient this season – shooting in all areas (FG, 3FG, FT), and taking care of the ball (his A:TO ratio is about 3.5 to 1).  And he’s still hauling down five boards a game from the 2 position.

  • A2JD

    They have corrected it now.  They have him with 9.  I thought he had a block in the first half (a flat-footed one but a block just the same) that they didn’t credit him with.

  • Wayman Britt

    With all A&M’s misses, Smot is padding his rebound stats.

  • JDR

    Morgan does two or three idiotic things a game, I swear.

    • Wayman Britt

      yep – alot of TO for him today

  • First career double double for Smotrycz. It will be very interesting to see what newly developed skills he can translate to Big Ten play.

  • DB

    Along with his first double-double, Smotrycz has now attempted (and made) as many free throws as all of last year!

    • And he’s absolutely lights out with those wide open threes. Michigan’s most effective three point shooter this year. 

  • Wayman Britt

    Smot read the Sunday NY times before that three

  • Wayman Britt

    Smot is going to enjoy Christmas this year after a career game.

    • Hey there’s another game before Christmas!

      • Wayman Britt

        yeah forgot about that

        • OldMan

          Can you imagine what Smot will be like in two more years. It should be a lot of fun.

          • A2JD

            If he grows a mullet and a cheesy mustache, he will have fully achieved Pittsnogglehood.

  • JDR

    Burke getting a Magic Johnson comparison from the commentators? I’ll take it!

    • Helps when Jackson is a family friend of the Burkes :-) Jackson’s son played in the same AAU progran — he’s actually a freshman at Wisconsin.

  • A2JD

    This is a fun game to watch.

  • umnyc

    I think we have this one. CB should play the rest of the game.

  • Jimmy

    Solid win, albeit against a SWAC opponent.

    The two biggest things I gathered were that Brundidge and McLimans look like they can make small contributions for us.  Confidence goes a long way for a basketball player and McLimans is gaining some steam.  He’ll never be Smotrcyz but he gets better each time I see him, for what it’s worth.  Brundidge on the other hand obviously has potential, but he’s a freshman.  If he can continue to get comfortable playing at this level (against teams like A&M and in practice) he could definitely help us in the Big Ten season.  

  • Wayman Britt

    I love that CB is getting some playing time.  He looks okay.  3 pointers are not his strength though.

    • OldMan

      he is going to be a big piece down the line.

  • Wayman Britt

    Eso wow

  • jaisdaddy

    good minutes for Brundidge, looks like Coach B is thinking the same thing everyone else is Eso is not going to cut it against teams with better guard play…

  • Eso Akunne getting buckets. Think he’s mad CB got that early PT? 

    • Anthony

      Eso cant handle the press he has proven that the past two games hes ok in the half court but unreliable if a team puts pressure on him.

  • skitchbeatz

    Akunne says “give me more PT”

    • jaisdaddy

      I’m all for Eso getting minutes just not at the PG position, maybe some minutes at the 2 guard…

      • skitchbeatz

        Agreed. Ball handling skills aren’t there

  • A2JD

    Now cbs sportsline has Evan with 13 rebounds and ESPN has him with 11.  Either way, damn good.

  • dmc

    AKUNNE HAS A HIGHER 3 POINT PCT THAN MORGAN’S FG PCT?

  • gamer

    torrent?   missed it work sigh.