Game 12: Eastern Michigan at Michigan Open Thread

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Michigan 81, West Virginia 66 - #17
Dustin Johnston

Michigan hosts Eastern Michigan this evening in a post-Finals, pre-Christmas tune-up. The undefeated Wolverines will look to move to 12-0 with a victory over their neighbors to the Southeast. Join in the discussion before, during and after the game in the comments section below.

Pre-Game Reading

  • MGoTweeter

    Lets Go Blue!

  • CDeSana

    Here we go, anyone have any comments what they hope to see in this game?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

      A win? lol Specifically, I would like to see GRIII assert himself maybe a bit more. He has the ability to take over.

  • RikSmits

    nice shoes Eastern

  • Zem528

    anyone got a stream?

  • RikSmits

    DeShonte Riley ended up at EMU? That’s an Arkansas (Bryant) and a Syracuse tranfer for EMU

  • MGoTweeter

    Ball movement and player movement not exactly in sync against the zone early

  • CDeSana

    Love Timmy at the free throw line

  • Jon Pence

    Live tempo-based stats for the game here http://www.scacchoops.com/ViewHDGame.asp?hSchedule=16067

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      Doesn’t seem to be updating.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    And after a 16-0 run its 18-6 Michigan. Wolverine offense found its gear quickly.

  • RikSmits

    Mostly Trey and opportunistic transition offense. This team can play any speed

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

    Not a good sequence for McGary

  • CDeSana

    Finally they find GRiii along the baseline. That is open so often.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Trey Burke is on another level these days.Dropping dimes everywhere, scoring inside and out. Fun to watch.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    I think Michigan just had a five on zero fast break.

    • MGoTweeter

      The most amazing thing about that is that hardaway stole the ball on the baseline

  • RikSmits

    the rare 4 on 0 fast break

  • Tyler Carter

    I think that’s the first 5-on-0 breakaway I’ve ever seen.

  • CDeSana

    Announcers said Max was not available and poof………..

    • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

      and then said he was a true freshman…smh

  • DB

    The announcers are having trouble with Max info today

  • CDeSana

    Coach did not look happy with that behind the back crap from Nik

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      Second pass in a row he’s made like that this game.

  • johnny duris

    Anyone have a link to a radio stream for an Android device?

  • DB

    For now, Nik should just stick to 3s and pump fakes and drives when the lane is wide open. If neither is available, pass.

    • CDeSana

      Ditto

      • CDeSana

        And to the pine he goes

    • jemblue

      And if he wants to pass, don’t do it behind his back.

  • RikSmits

    great post execution there despite the block

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Great hustle on that last possession, despite the result. Michigan getting to 50-50 balls and moving the ball.

  • DB

    That was Michigan’s first foul

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Michigan is doing a great job of getting the ball to a big in the high paint and dropping down to the other big along the baseline but need to finish.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Michigan 1.21 PPP, EMU .73 PPP
    Michigan 51% eFG%, 9% TO Rate, 42% OR Rate, 5% FTA/FGA
    EMU 43% eFG%, 27% TO Rate, 31% OR Rate, 7% FTA/FGA

    Michigan’s offense humming along and you are never going to beat Michigan when you give the ball away once every four trips and allow U-M to grab 40+% of its misses.

  • DeepBlue83

    Sheesh, this team just cannot finish inside. We’ve left 8 or 10 points on the floor (again) because of lame inside attempts by our bigs. It probably won’t matter tonight, but against good teams in the BT that will kill us. Our lack of a dominant inside player is our most glaring weakness.

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      Michigan is just 42% inside in the first half but has been among the very best nationally on 2 point attempts this year and that shouldn’t be a major concern going forward. Connecting on 58% of its twos, that’s fifth best nationally.

      EMU is also among the best shot blocking teams in the country.

      • DeepBlue83

        The fact remains that they leave way too many points out there because Morgan and McGary pussyfoot around with the ball when they get it down low in a half court set, and it happens pretty much every game. Our bigs are 1-7 tonight against a weak team, and we can figure our stats so far to get worse once conference play starts.

        • DeepBlue83

          And again. Morgan had it down low for what should have been an easy dunk, and he bumbles it away. Not good.

          • DeepBlue83

            THAT’S a finish. Just not by us.

          • John

            sure its been a minor problem but you do realize the point of a 2-3 zone is too eliminate the bigs ability to play down low. Regardless Michigan would be doing themselves a disservice if they try to make the bigs a strength against this zone

        • MGoTweeter

          Would not call eastern a weak inside team.

  • JDR

    Like the proverbial Christmas fruitcake!

  • eddieben

    Like what beilfeldt is bringing to the floor.

  • Mattski

    I’m sure that having had a chance to play so many lineups will benefit the team down the road. But sometimes I wonder if they’d play a little more cohesively by now if the rotation had been shorter. STILL 3-4 games to get better before the team is seriously challenged, but you get the feeling that despite the 20-plus point wins this team is still just scratching the surface of its potential.

    • Mattski

      FWIW, Hardaway has had the ball taken away from him–what–four times tonight?

      • gpsimms

        haha, i was wondering if anyone was noticing that.

  • Mattski

    Five guys in double figures.

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      And a double double for McGary.

  • DingoBlue

    That….. was a good game.

  • MGoTweeter

    Stay sharp during the break. Merry Christmas and happy holidays all

  • A2JD

    Does anyone know why they didn’t play the National Anthem before the game? That’s the first organized sporting event I’ve been to where they didn’t play it. Did they just forget?

    • MGoTweeter

      Played it before the woman’s game before the men’s game

      • A2JD

        Yeah. I heard about it a little after my post. I had no idea there was the double-header option. I guess that’s why the game started late as well.