Game 4: Michigan vs. Connecticut Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan and Connecticut will tip off tonight from the Bahamas as they play their first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Tip-off is tentatively scheduled for 9:30 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the Texas-Texas A&M game).

The game will be broadcast on AXSTV which is channel #340 on DirecTV or channel #383 on Comcast in Ann Arbor. For more information about how to find the game read here.

Join the discussion thread below for live updates from Atlantis and share your thoughts on the game.

Pregame Reading

  • Alex

    I’ll wait a little longer but disappointing start to the season definitely. There are many players that have shown they have talent. Need two to three players to get back to their potential on offense since Caris can’t do it alone. Have got to get better at team defense it sounds like. Long season to turn this around and improve.

  • Tuff Enough

    Irvin does not like when he gets pulled and I saw him telling Beilein something..

    • itsjustaherb

      He has nothing to complain about he was terrible tonight. Of course putting in Duncan to replace didn’t change anything because neither guy could hit anything.

  • MGoTweeter

    Gotta find a defense that works. Might mean doing things differently than years past. Maybe have to go under a lot more screens and live with open jump shots bc these guards ain’t guarding anybody. On offense need the creators to be better in the pick n roll or off ball reversal and gotta make open shots.

    • Wayman Britt

      I like your ideas on defense. Our guards and wings just cannot stay in front of anybody.

    • Chezaroo

      Soft hedge seemed much more productive. None of our wings-guards can stay in front of anyone.

  • Andrew

    I agree that Michigan needs to find more creators on offense. Weirdly, by the end of last year they were okay on offense. They need to figure out roles on offense this year, and it’s tough because Irvin can’t hit a damn thing. Walton just needs to be more aggressive. He needs to look to shoot first off a screen, and if its’ not there then push it. I like Wilson at the five, but I’m biased towards having someone who can block a damn shot since its been a while since we saw someone do that. I like a mix of Doyle, Wagner and Wilson, but I’m partial to Wilson. They need to get Dawkins shots in the offense, and if Walton doesn’t ever hit the gas then I’d like to see more Spike when he finally gets healthy.

    Defensively, have some damn pride. It’s not all fundamentals. Defense is more about work than skill. I’m disappointed that a guy like Levert hasn’t gotten much better on defense. That’s why I’m partial to Wilson at least denying shots at the rim since you damn well know guys are getting there. They also seemed to switch back at times on guys tonight, and the Uconn defender would attack the switch back with a foot in the ground. I don’t know. Defense and rebounding are a lot more about pride than offense. I’ve always liked Beilen’s attention to detail on offense, but he needs to get guys to push themselves more on defense, or they should sit. Not a lot of answers right now.

    • Wayman Britt

      You are right not a lot of answers and no answers on the bench either, except maybe Spike when he (if) he gets healthy.

    • itsjustaherb

      Michigan didn’t lose this game tonight because of defense. They lost because Irvin and Duncan couldn’t hit anything tonight.