UM Hoops Podcast 2.9: Sweet Sixteen Preview

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Michigan is heading to the Sweet Sixteen for the second year in a row, and we found time in the midst of a hectic NCAA tournament schedule to hit the studio and record a podcast. The Wolverines dispatched their first two NCAA opponents with relative ease, but now face a stiff test against Tennessee in Indianapolis.

  • MLive beat reporter Brendan Quinn joined us in studio to preview Michigan’s matchup with the Volunteers. Brendan came to the Michigan beat after covering Tennessee for two seasons and brings a wealth of knowledge about the players and the program to the table. Brendan talked with us about Tennessee’s resident gargantuan, Jarnell Stokes, and what Michigan can do against him. He also talked about the Volunteers’ backcourt, which should be up for the defensive challenge presented by Michigan’s length. Great stuff from Brendan and a very informative preview.
  • Next, Dave Merritt and I broke down Michigan’s NCAA tournament so far, going over what has been working and what they still need to improve on. Dave goes in-depth on possible defensive strategies Michigan can employ against Tennessee and why the Wolverines may be in better shape in that area than first meets the eye. Stay tuned until the end for Dave’s announcement of a big event for Merit Goodness coming the weekend of the Final Four.

The music was provided by RJD2. In order: Soldier Girl, Ghostwriter, One Day.

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  • Mattski

    Good observations about the teams’ relative experience–TN players are older, but M players have spent time on the big stage. If it’s tight down the stretch at least we can assume Michigan won’t be crumbling, whereas TN has let some slip away. Still think that if TN’s enthusiasm and energy take them out to an early lead–especially if they’re hot from outside–that could be huge; if the refs nail Morgan with some ticky-tack stuff. . . Otherwise I like our boys.