UM Hoops.com http://www.umhoops.com Michigan Wolverines Basketball Recruiting, News & Video Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:57:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Villanova http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/26/five-key-plays-michigan-vs-villanova/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/26/five-key-plays-michigan-vs-villanova/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:57:39 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=66276 Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. VillanovaVillanova handed Michigan its first loss of the season late Tuesday night, 60-55. The Wolverines recovered after a painful first half for a thrilling finish that came down to the final seconds. Here are Five Key Plays from the Legends Classic final. 1) Michigan breaks out of slump with 7-0 run early in second half […]

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Villanova handed Michigan its first loss of the season late Tuesday night, 60-55. The Wolverines recovered after a painful first half for a thrilling finish that came down to the final seconds. Here are Five Key Plays from the Legends Classic final.

1) Michigan breaks out of slump with 7-0 run early in second half

The Wolverines finished the first half having been held without a point in the last 7:17 — featuring an 0-for-10 slump — and didn’t score in the second half for nearly three minutes. Zak Irvin finally broke the scoreless streak with a jumper from the elbow, and then Michigan heated up. Caris LeVert intercepted an entry pass on the ensuing defensive possession and got separation from Darrun Hilliard for a short jumper. The Wolverines finished the quick 7-0 run with a three-pointer as LeVert found Derrick Walton open when JayVaughn Pinkston and Daniel Ochefu left the sophomore alone to guard Zak Irvin. The three cut Michigan’s deficit to six, and the game only improved from there.

The importance of this run is magnified by just how dreadful the Wolverines had looked for the previous ten minutes. Michigan looked like a broken team and could have easily let Villanova run away with the game down the stretch.

2) Wolverines exploit Villanova’s ‘D’ for big inside buckets

Midway through the second half, Michigan got three huge uncontested baskets to go up by six. After struggling against Villanova’s trapping defense early in the game, the Wolverines finally seemed to figure it out.

On the first, Ricky Doyle slipped an off ball screen to get behind JayVaughn Pinkston, who seemed to think Josh Hart would pick up the freshman. But Hart stepped up to cover Kameron Chatman, and Spike Albrecht delivered to Doyle for a dunk. On the next possession, Villanova tried to trap Irvin near the sideline, and the double-team left Chatman unmarked on the weak side. Irvin fired a jump pass to the freshman for another slam. And then, in transition, three different players picked up LeVert, and Walton used a no-look pass to feed Doyle open for a third easy basket.

3) LeVert delivers down the stretch

Down by one with two minutes left, Michigan turned to its leader, and he delivered. LeVert scored key buckets on consecutive possessions to put the Wolverines in line for a win. On the first, Michigan cleared out to create a one-on-one against Hart, and LeVert drove to the low post, stopped, spun and sank a fadeaway jumper. LeVert got to the same spot and drained a double-clutch jumper over Hart the next time the Wolverines had the ball, putting them up 55-54 with less than a minute to go.

There was nothing special about these sets as Michigan simply ran the same action to get LeVert in an isolation situation and let him go to work. The 6-foot-7 junior had one of his best mid-range shooting days of the season and carried the Wolverines down the stretch.

4) Villanova takes advantage of Michigan’s small lineup for go-ahead score

Following a timeout with Michigan ahead 55-54 and 24 seconds left, the Wolverines sent out a five-guard lineup with Chatman at the five and the intention to switch on every screen. The Wildcats, which had a size advantage all game, took advantage.

Villanova runs a high ball screen with Pinkston as the screener, leaving Spike Albrecht on Pinkston. Caris LeVert realizes that’s a problem and is able to switch with Albrecht, but LeVert doesn’t have the strength to deal with Pinkston and the Wildcats did a great job of realizing that. Villanova reversed the ball and threw it into the post where Pinkston lowered his shoulder into LeVert and finished over him.

It’s a tough situation to call a charge, but similar calls had gone against Villanova earlier in the half.

5) Pinkston blocks Zak Irvin to seal the win

The Wolverines ran an inbounds play that nearly worked to perfection.

John Beilein said after the game that the final play actually had two primary options. One was Caris LeVert curling to the corner and the other was Irvin at the basket.Despite the final result, this is a great baseline out of bounds set. LeVert screens Dylan Ennis to free Zak Irvin under the basket and then Ricky Doyle sets a screen for LeVert who was ready to catch the ball in the corner.

Could Michigan have done anything differently? Probably not. Pinkston, who was actually guarding the inbound pass, is able to recover from his position on the baseline to meet Zak Irvin at the rim. About the only thing that Michigan could have done more effectively is have Zak Irvin catch and elevate a split second sooner. But Pinkston made the play of the game, a clean above-the-rim block to seal the game with five seconds remaining.

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Game 5: Michigan vs. Villanova Recap http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/26/game-5-michigan-vs-villanova-recap/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/26/game-5-michigan-vs-villanova-recap/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:20:44 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=66267 Villanova-60-Michigan-55-_25_thumb.jpgVillanova 60, Michigan 55. Photo Gallery. Video Reactions. (Photo: Adam Glanzman) Michigan grew up in Brooklyn, but it came up short. For a solid ten minutes on Tuesday the Wolverines were flat out punked by Villanova. The Wildcats held Michigan without a basket for a stretch that spanned the final seven of the first half and the […]

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Michigan vs. Villanova basketball game on Nov. 25, 2014 in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Villanova 60, Michigan 55. Photo Gallery. Video Reactions. (Photo: Adam Glanzman)

Michigan grew up in Brooklyn, but it came up short.

For a solid ten minutes on Tuesday the Wolverines were flat out punked by Villanova. The Wildcats held Michigan without a basket for a stretch that spanned the final seven of the first half and the first three of the second.

Michigan finally bottomed when Caris LeVert was ripped by JayVaughn Pinkston for a steal and easy dunk to stretch the Villanova lead to 13 points. From there, the Wolverines called three timeouts in 18 seconds. First to stop the momentum, then because Derrick Walton was trapped in the corner and then because Kameron Chatman couldn’t even inbound the ball. Michigan looked broken and the Wildcats appeared to be on the verge of their second straight blowout win in Brooklyn.

But for the first time this season, we saw what happens when this Michigan team is punched in the mouth. The Wolverines got up off the mat and battled back. Zak Irvin, Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton combined for a 7-0 run in just over a minute to put Michigan back in the game.

The Wolverines eventually overtook the lead, only to let it slip away late. This young group made the type of mistakes that you can’t make to win games against a good team. From JayVaughn Pinkston’s emphatic block of Zak Irvin’s late dunk attempt to Mark Donnal’s missed front-end of a one-and-one, Villanova simply out-executed Michigan down the stretch.

The loss hurts, but the important lesson on Tuesday night wasn’t that Michigan lost, it was that it had the heart to get up when it could have packed it in.

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It’s fitting that this was Michigan’s worst offensive performance since last November against Charlotte in Puerto Rico. This game had many of the same characteristics – it was at the end of a preseason tournament on short rest, the Wolverine offense went dreadfully cold for a long stretch and it was lost in the final possessions – and the Wolverines will hope that it has a similar residual effect.

Michigan’s offense is going to be okay. The Wolverines made the requisite adjustments to attack Villanova’s trapping defense and started slicing the Wildcat defense for easy layups with ease in the second half. Caris LeVert, Derrick Walton, Spike Albrecht and Zak Irvin all made handfuls of big shots down the stretch. Ricky Doyle and Kameron Chatman showed continued inklings of progress as they moved closer to game-readiness.

During Michigan’s mid-game slump the Wolverines didn’t just miss shots, they had rash of live ball turnovers that led to easy points. Villanova recorded seven steals and outscored Michigan 13-0 in fast break points on the night. Michigan had thrived in transition offense to start the season, but was outscored 21-0 in fast break points during two games in Brooklyn. The Wolverines were good enough to survive the free giveaways against Oregon, but weren’t so lucky against Villanova.

Defensively, Michigan held Villanova to .96 points per possession for the game. Over the last three years, Michigan was 48-3 when holding its opponents under a point per possession with the losses coming to at Ohio State and Wisconsin in 2013 and against Charlotte last season. This was a defensive performance that was good enough to win on most nights against an offense that is very good. The defense is far from a finished product, but the early returns have been encouraging. Michigan forced turnovers on 21% of Villanova’s offensive possessions and rebounded a very solid 75% of Villanova’s misses.

Despite the solid defensive rebounding numbers, Michigan’s big men struggled in that department. The Wolverine bigs were whistled for at least six or seven fouls after either crashing the glass or missing box outs. Those are the sort of mental errors that just compound other mistakes like missed layups into further damage. As a result, Villanova ended up in the bonus down the stretch and Beilein was forced to juggle foul trouble for all three bigs.

There were plenty of late game situations to dissect:

  • JayVaughn Pinkston’s game winning shot came after Michigan opted to go with five guards defensively. The idea behind putting Kameron Chatman at the five was that Michigan would switch every ball screen (which it did), but the Wildcats made the perfect adjustment and isolated Pinkston down low on Caris LeVert.
  • Pinkston followed up the game-winning shot with the game-winning block after Michigan ran a perfectly executed baseline out of bounds set that appeared to setup Zak Irvin for a dunk. While the play call and execution were great, Pinkston simply made the better play.
  • With four seconds remaining and trailing by three, I thought Michigan went with the wrong option to inbound the ball. Not only was Max Bielfeldt’s pass errant, it felt too aggressive. Four seconds feels like it could be enough time to catch something closer to three-quarter court moving toward the basket rather than throwing it to half court.

This loss will sting, but its far from the end of the world. Villanova is going to win a lot of games this season and is a favorite to win the ‘new’ Big East. It would have been a better win, but it’s certainly not a bad loss. Michigan regroup against Nicholls State on Saturday before facing Syracuse and Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone on Tuesday.

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Player Bullets:

  • Caris LeVert:  LeVert had been sputtering with his shot over the last few games, but he was dominant on Tuesday night. LeVert’s shot attempts often times have a ridiculously high degree of difficulty, but when he finishes 7-of-12 (2-4 from long range), it’s hard not to wonder if Michigan needs to get him even more opportunities. In the second half, LeVert hit an array of ridiculous turnaround and fading shots around the paint.
  • Derrick Walton: Walton really started to click in the second half and hit a couple of very smooth mid-range jumpers. He wasn’t able to get to the line, but did finish with four assists to one turnover. He was just 2-of-6 from long range, but he seemed to be uncertain on several attempts while passing up several others. Walton made several terrific passes, but perhaps his best wasn’t even credited an assist as he found Max Bielfeldt for an over the shoulder pick-and-roll feed that took Bielfeldt two tries to finish.
  • Zak Irvin: In yet another parallel to last year’s game against Charlotte, Zak Irvin simply couldn’t find his three-point stroke. He finished 1-of-7 from long range, but was 3-of-6 inside the arc. Irvin had several strong finishes and drives to the basket and it’s safe to say there won’t be many games where he goes 1-of-7 from long distance.
  • Spike Albrecht: Albrecht is still Michigan’s sixth man, but he’s playing starters’ minutes and he’s producing. Albrecht drew a late charge, hit the go-ahead three and helped settle Michigan’s offense. Against a formidable shot blocking team like Villanova, Albrecht really struggled attacking the basket and ended up caught in no-man’s land trying circus shots around the rim.
  • Ricky Doyle: After this week in Brooklyn, Doyle appears to be rising to the top among Michigan’s post players. He’s the most physical, the most passionate and he’s starting to become more comfortable. He still has a lot of work to do – he didn’t grab a defensive rebound in either of the last two games – but he’s coming along steadily.
  • Kameron Chatman: Chatman finally knocked down a couple of jumpers, including a long two just inside the three-point line. He finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting and five rebounds for the game. Chatman’s development will take time, but by the end of this season his size and vision will become a major asset for Michigan.
  • Mark Donnal: Donnal finished with 3 points on 1-of-2 shooting with one assist and zero rebounds. The missed front end of the 1-and-1 free throw will haunt him and he could have escaped that pressure by just making a simple pass out to one of his guards after he caught the long inbound play. Donnal struggled a bit, but I do think he improved as the night went on. The first time Daniel Ochefu went directly at him and scored with remarkable ease, but as the game wore on there’s no questioning that Donnal toughened up, even if he has a long way to go.
  • Max Bielfeldt: Bielfeldt’s size really cost him offensively as he caught the ball in prime positions several times, but was unable to finish.

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Photo Gallery: Villanova 60, Michigan 55 http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/26/photo-gallery-villanova-60-michigan-55/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/26/photo-gallery-villanova-60-michigan-55/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:38:48 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=66219 Villanova 60, Michigan 55 - #33All photos by Adam Glanzman. Full gallery after the jump.

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Michigan vs. Villanova basketball game on Nov. 25, 2014 in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

All photos by Adam Glanzman. Full gallery after the jump.

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John Beilein, Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht met with the media after Michigan’s thrilling loss to Villanova on Tuesday night. Watch Michigan’s juniors and head coach discuss the loss in the embedded media players below.

LeVert and irvin after the jump.

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Game 5: Michigan vs. Villanova Open Thread http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/game-5-michigan-vs-villanova-open-thread/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/game-5-michigan-vs-villanova-open-thread/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:31:06 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=66206 Michigan-70-Oregon-63-_7_thumb.jpgAdam Glanzman Michigan’s first four games haven’t been flawless, but the Wolverines have been good enough to win thus far. Tonight the Wolverines enter the fray as an underdog for the first time this season against Villanova. Tip-off is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 p.m. at the Barclays Center and you can join the discussion in […]

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Michigan vs. Oregon basketball game on Nov. 24, 2014 in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Michigan’s first four games haven’t been flawless, but the Wolverines have been good enough to win thus far. Tonight the Wolverines enter the fray as an underdog for the first time this season against Villanova. Tip-off is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 p.m. at the Barclays Center and you can join the discussion in the comments before during and after the game.

Pregame Reading

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Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Oregon http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/five-key-plays-michigan-vs-oregon/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/five-key-plays-michigan-vs-oregon/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:42:13 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=66193 Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. OregonMichigan never trailed Monday night at the Barclays Center, but it needed a late run to survive a stiff challenge from Oregon. Here are Five Key Plays from the Wolverines’ win in the Progressive Legends Classic semifinal. 1) Zak Irvin showcases expanded skills in first half Zak Irvin finished with a team-high 19 points, and he […]

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Michigan never trailed Monday night at the Barclays Center, but it needed a late run to survive a stiff challenge from Oregon. Here are Five Key Plays from the Wolverines’ win in the Progressive Legends Classic semifinal.

1) Zak Irvin showcases expanded skills in first half

Zak Irvin finished with a team-high 19 points, and he did significant damage in the first half. At the 16-minute mark, the forward connected on his first three-pointer of the game, taking a feed from Kameron Chatman and firing over Joseph Young. Three minutes later, Irvin’s long-range threat forced Oregon’s Elgin Cook to overplay him in the corner, so the sophomore blew by him on the baseline for a dunk.

Irvin’s last bucket of the opening frame was a product of his improved athleticism. He received a pass from Spike Albrecht outside the three-point arc, stepped by Dillon Brooks and then finished with a finger roll around Cook to put Michigan up five.

2) Derrick Walton picks up second foul

Because of foul trouble, the Wolverines got just seven first-half minutes and no points out of Derrick Walton. The guard committed his first infraction less than a minute into the game, bumping into Joseph Young while trying to work around a screen, and was immediately substituted out. John Beilein reinserted him four minutes later, but Walton picked up a blocking foul with 8:20 to go until halftime. At that point, it was also just Michigan’s second team foul.

The two fouls meant Walton — who didn’t score his first points until after the break — sat until halftime, a decision John Beilein called a “no brainer.” Albrecht filled in well, though, helping the Wolverines outscore Oregon, 12-9, from the 8:20 mark until the half.

3) Ricky Doyle commands end of first half

Ricky Doyle was always considered to have the best inside presence for the Wolverines, and he finally demonstrated that Monday night in a 10-point performance. He was particularly dominant at the end of the first half, when he scored five points and recorded a block in a span of just three minutes.

At the 3:49 mark, Caris LeVert lobbed to Doyle in the lane, and the freshman made an athletic grab over Brooks before finishing a layup through contact. This was the play the made John Beilein realize his freshman could be in for a big performance.

“He finished a little lob pass, he finished I think it was a three-point play and he finished that in a crowd,” Beilein said. “And I said ‘alright, now we’ve got something’ because it was a big time play and they have a great shot blocking team and he took it right through their chin and finished it.”

On the next defensive possession, Doyle swatted away a Cook layup by recognizing the forward’s drive to the basket and providing good help defense for Irvin. Then, he forced Jordan Bell into a difficult shot in the paint, which he airballed, and capped off his impressive stretch with a tip-in bucket. Michigan big men have really struggled with post defense early on this season, but this was an excellent example of what Michigan wants from its big men defensively.

4) Caris LeVert, Zak Irvin provide big offense late

As Beilein noted after the game, the Ducks’ athleticism allowed them to switch on every ball screen Monday night. That strategy essentially eliminates the roll man, but it allowed Caris LeVert to have a big game.

Down the stretch, Michigan’s offense evolved into isolation sets for Caris LeVert after the switch. With three minutes to play, the Wolverines used a ball screen to get LeVert a matchup with Jalil Abdul-Bassit, then isolated Oregon’s reserve guard. LeVert drove to the basket and scored an acrobatic layup through a hard foul. LeVert had struggled to finish all game, but finally got an and-one layup to fall.

From a similar set just 90 seconds later, Walton dished to LeVert, and the sophomore guard made a cut near the paint. Oregon was clearly overplaying LeVert’s drive which left Irvin open on the wing to knock down the three.

“We had forced a couple before that,” Beilein said. “Caris had blown up a play for Zak and Zak had blown up a play for Caris. That time they were like chemistry together. We were looking to get the mismatch. They switched every ball screen there was tonight. Every one. You’re not going to see that that much, but they had the athleticism to do it.”

5) Doyle seals game with offensive rebound, putback

It was a move you usually don’t see from a true freshman who has received limited action as the backup center. With less than a minute remaining and Michigan up just three, Doyle boxed out Abdul-Bassit to grab an offensive rebound. Surrounded by three defenders, the center used a power dribble to get under the basket, got Cook to bite on a pump-fake, then buried the putback to extend the Wolverines’ lead to five with 37 seconds to play.

The Ducks missed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, and Michigan hit a pair of free throws to escape, 70-63, and earn a berth in the Legends Classic final as chants of ‘Ricky Doyle’ echoed through the Barclays Center.

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Basics
Who: No. 11 Villanova (4-0) vs. No. 18 Michigan (4-0) Villanova-University-Villanova-3439C5DB
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
When: 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
TV: ESPN2
Radio: 950 AM, 102.9 FM

Michigan’s young roster will face the unique challenge of preparing for a back-to-back game and it’ll have to do it against a team much better than the Oregon team it beat on Monday evening. The Wolverines will face one of John Beilein’s old Big East adversaries in Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats.

Villanova is ranked 11th in the country and returns four starters from last year’s Big East Champion squad. The Wildcats might be lacking in starpower, but they have more than enough depth, balance and experience to make up for it. Not only does Villanova have two seniors and three juniors in the starting lineup, it also has five players averaging between 9.8 and 12.5 points per game.

The Wildcats had a closer-than-expected win over Bucknell last week, but enter tonight’s contest after an impressive shellacking of VCU. Villanova was tied with VCU at halftime before catching fire and rattling off a 16-0 second half run en route to an easy 77-53 win.

The Wildcats

Jay Wright’s guard heavy perimeter-oriented offense has become a fixture at Villanova and is universally accepted to the point where it doesn’t matter who is on the roster, you have a good idea of what to expect from Villanova. The Cats feature Wright’s four guard offense with a starting lineup that goes 6-2, 6-3, 6-6, 6-7 and 6-11. Similar to Michigan, Villanova’s offense minimizes turnovers and relies on the three-point shot. The Wildcats haven’t shot the ball well from three-point range this season – until the second half of last night’s VCU game — but have several capable shooters in their rotation.

Defensively, Villanova has feasted on turnovers this season. Wildcat opponents are turning the ball over on 28.5% of their offensive possessions, ninth best in the country. Michigan isn’t facing VCU’s vaunted ‘Havoc’ defense, but the Wildcats have actually forced more turnovers than the Rams this season. Last year’s Villanova team was among the country’s best at defending the rim, allowing opponents to shoot 43% inside the arc, but Villanova opponents are shooting 51% inside the arc through four games this season. Bucknell had the best offensive performance against the Wildcats, but the Bison managed just .93 points per possession.

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Personnel

6-foot-7 senior JayVaughn Pinkston is a former McDonald’s All-American and a preseason first team All-Big East selection. Pinkston averaged 14 points and six rebounds per game last season and enters tonight’s game after his best performance of the year against VCU. Pinkston slasher who thrives attacking the rim, getting to the line and crashing the glass. At 6-foot-7, 235 pounds he’ll provide a real challenge for Kameron Chatman and Zak Irvin.

Junior point guard Ryan Arcidiacono leads Villanova in minutes at 30 per game and is averaging 9.8 points and 5 assists. He’s the sort of player that can draw all the headlines while scoring 3 points and going 1-of-7 from the field. That was the case last night against VCU when he racked up nine assists and zero turnovers against VCU’s pressure defense.

Dylan Ennis, the older brother of Phoenix Suns point guard Tyler Ennis, leads Villanova in scoring this season at 12.5 points per game. The 6-foot-2 junior guard attempts over half of his shots from 3-point range and is shooting 53% on twos and 40% on threes.

6-foot-6 wings Darrun Hilliard and Kris Jenkins are both primarily long range shooters. Hilliard is only shooting 19% from three-point range this season, but he was a 41% three-point shooter last season with over half of his attempts from long-range. Jenkins is a 36% career three-point shooter and he’s recorded seven steals in the last three games.

Sophomore big man Daniel Ochefu will provide Michigan’s frontcourt with one of its most difficult tests yet. Ochefu measures in at 6-foot-11, 245 pounds and he’s a shot blocking and rebounding interior anchor for a Villanova team that is otherwise generally perimeter-oriented. Ochefu is Villanova’s only

Keys

  • Tired legs: Jay Wright was able to keep minutes down across the board in Villanova’s win over VCU. No Wildcats topped 29 minutes in that game while Caris LeVert and Zak Irvin registered 39 and 38 minutes respectively. Villanova has the deeper team and also played the earlier game, which could be cause for concern.
  • Manage turnovers: Michigan has only given the ball away on 12.9% of its offensive possessions this season, sixth best in the country. Villanova will provide a much more stringent test of Michigan’s backcourt with its ninth ranked turnover defense.
  • Win the three-point lottery: Both teams love the three-point shot and while the numbers say that Michigan is a better perimeter shooting team (40% vs. 29%), Villanova showed on Monday night that they are more than capable of blowing the top off of a game with hot shooting.
  • Hold serve on the defensive glass: Villanova isn’t the best offensive rebounding team in the country, but it can be effective on the offensive glass. Ochefu has size and length that will give Michigan’s big men fits and the Wolverines were just exposed on the glass by an Oregon team that didn’t have anyone over 6-foot-7.

Bottom Line

Ken Pomeroy’s FanMatch pegs tonight’s Legends Classic final as the most entertaining game of the day and predicts that Villanova will win a close one, 64-62, over the Wolverines.

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Game 4: Michigan vs. Oregon Recap http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/game-4-michigan-vs-oregon-recap/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/game-4-michigan-vs-oregon-recap/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:13:31 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=66163 Michigan-70-Oregon-63-_3_thumb.jpgMichigan 70, Oregon 63.  Video Reactions. Photo Gallery. Photo: Adam Glanzman For this young Michigan team, freshman mistakes are a necessary evil. Against Detroit on Monday, Michigan head coach John Beilein swept those mistakes under the rug by sitting his young players and riding his five experienced players down the stretch. But the reality of the […]

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Michigan vs. Oregon basketball game on Nov. 24, 2014 in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Michigan 70, Oregon 63.  Video Reactions. Photo Gallery. Photo: Adam Glanzman

For this young Michigan team, freshman mistakes are a necessary evil.

Against Detroit on Monday, Michigan head coach John Beilein swept those mistakes under the rug by sitting his young players and riding his five experienced players down the stretch.

But the reality of the situation is that hiding the freshmen will never work, especially not when the schedule mandates playing two games within 24 hours. Freshmen are going to be key to this team’s success and have to start growing up on the job sooner than later.

Beilein threw caution to the wind on Monday, throwing his young players into the mix and seeing what came back. Eleven different Wolverines saw playing time in the first half and Michigan scored 19 points off the bench. The resulting performance featured plenty of freshman mistakes, but it was also a win and another step in the right direction.

On both an individual and team level, Michigan looked great for stretches and completely out of sync for others. There were plenty of freshman mistakes – poor positioning, missed blockouts, errant passes and weak finishes – but there were also encouraging steps of progress. The ups and downs led to a game where Michigan always felt in control, but never could pull away. The Wolverines extended the lead to eight points midway through the second half, but Oregon was always there to make enough plays to stay within arm’s reach.

Locked in a one possession game inside of four minutes, it was a freshman that finally sealed the deal. Ricky Doyle pulled down an offensive rebound with 43 seconds remaining and then managed to go up strong and complete the play. Doyle’s bucket extended Michigan’s lead to five points and cemented his best performance as a Wolverine.

Michigan’s experienced stars did most of the heavy lifting – Zak Irvin and Caris LeVert combined for 37 points – but at the end of the day it was a freshman that got Michigan over the hump in its best victory yet.

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Michigan’s offense didn’t play its best game, but it still managed 1.13 points per trip. The key for the Wolverines wasn’t three-point shooting as it so often is, instead it was the ability to get to the free throw line against an Oregon defense that just couldn’t stop fouling. The Wolverines managed a free throw rate of 63% and actually shot more free throws (24) than field goals (20) in the second half. Oregon was whistled for 24 fouls in 40 minutes, including 17 in the second half – or one per 71 seconds of second half game clock. Michigan was unfazed by Oregon’s token pressure, turning the ball over on just 13% of its possessions, and shot 49% on twos and 38% on threes for a 51.1 eFG%. Michigan’s pick-and-roll game faltered a bit due to Oregon switching every ball screen on the perimeter, but the Wolverines were eventually able to exploit those switches and just attack the rim.

For the first time this season, Michigan’s defensive rebounding was exposed – badly. John Beilein quipped that, “there’s not too many times you win a game giving up 18 offensive rebounds,” and he couldn’t be more right. The Wolverines escaped despite getting pounded on the offensive glass. Oregon rebounded 18 of its 40 missed shots and scored 17 second chance points. Dillon Brooks led the way with five offensive rebounds, but overall the Ducks just outworked Michigan for many second chances. Michigan’s five-men managed just one defensive rebound for the game, but there was plenty of rebounding blame to pass around on the roster. The poor defensive rebounding took away from what was otherwise a very good ‘first shot’ defensive performance from Michigan, who slowed down Oregon star Joseph Young. Young’s 20 points were deceiving as most were late free throws and he was just 5-of-16  from the floor with three assists to four turnovers.

There are still plenty of warts and flaws for Michigan to mend. The Wolverines are far from perfect, but it’s always preferable to grow from a win than a loss. With less than 24 hours of prep time for a game against a well-coached and experienced Villanova team, Michigan could be in for a big test. Caris LeVert (39 minutes) and Zak Irvin (38 minutes) were both afforded very little rest and the young Wolverines will have to prepare quickly in a short scout. Tip-off for Tuesday’s Legends Classic Championship is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. eastern on ESPN2.

Michigan vs. Oregon basketball game on Nov. 24, 2014 in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Player Bullets:

  • Caris LeVert: LeVert had a rough shooting game – 2-of-9 on twos, 1-of-4 on threes—and struggled to finish, but he was quickness was enough to get him to the line. He slashed his way to the paint all night and finished with a career 13 free throw attempts, which helped him to 18 points. LeVert’s had a couple of sub-par shooting games this season, but Michigan wasn’t doing much other than setting him up for an isolation drive and he was able to carry them home.
  • Ricky Doyle: Michigan has been waiting for someone to step up at the five position and Ricky Doyle responded with the best game of his career. Doyle finished with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with three rebounds and a block. He was Michigan’s best big man on the day by a wide margin, earning 24 minutes off the bench. Doyle did just about everything: he finished a beautiful lob pass, took a charge, had a big block and was active around the rim.
  • Derrick Walton: Walton was hamstrung by foul trouble all game. Beilein pulled him briefly 52 seconds into the game after he committed an early foul and then again when he picked up his second with 8:19 to play. He did a good job of staying in the game in the second, managing to play 17 minutes, and he stayed aggressive. Overall it was a quiet night for the 6-foot guard who finished with six points on 1-of-3 shooting.
  • Zak Irvin: Irvin had several very impressive hard takes to the basket in the first half. He used the pump fake well and attacked poor closeouts with ease. While it felt like he disappeared for a long stretch of the second half, he still finished with 19 points on 6-of-11 (3-6 3pt) shooting with five rebounds and a steal. That’s a very impressive stat line, especially considering the clutch three he hit late to help Michigan pull away.
  • Kameron Chatman:  Chatman’s strengths and weaknesses are becoming very clear early on and he’s going to have to improve quickly or be picked apart by opposition scouting. Offensively, he has a great feel for the game and he was provided with the opportunity to create offense in the first half and he did a pretty good job with three assists. But he continues to struggle to finish at the basket – going to a underhand scoop layup instead of to the rim strong – and with his jumper from anywhere on the floor. Defensively he’s still trying to play catch-up and while he’s solid on the ball, he struggled against the physicality of Oregon’s frontcourt as well as in deadball situations.
  • Spike Albrecht: Albrecht ended up playing 34 minutes as Walton battled foul trouble and he did just about everything you could ask for. He made all of the Albrecht plays that we’ve come to expect: he drew a charge, finished a late clock baseline out of bounds play with a pump fake and mid-range pull-up, he took the ball coast-to-coast against Oregon’s pressure and he buried a deep three.
  • Aubrey Dawkins:  I thought Dawkins gave Michigan some quality minutes in the first half and he was rewarded with a nice drop-off pass dunk from Kameron Chatman. The one time he put the ball on the floor and tried to drive, he ended up throwing an errant pass into the third row.
  • Max Bielfeldt: Bielfeldt only played three minutes after featuring in Michigan’s last two games. He’s still a trusted option for Beilein off the bench – he was the first big man sub on Monday – but Doyle’s strong play won the day.
  • Mark Donnal: Donnal hit a smooth baseline jumper and finished with 4 points on 2-of-3 shooting, but he was just too tentative overall. He needs to continue to play more aggressively against physical frontcourts like Oregon’s, especially when he has a size advantage.
  • DJ Wilson: The game is running circles around Wilson still, but it’s pretty clear that the Wolverines could use his skill set. Wilson played just one minute and was whistled for a foul about 30 feet from the hoop.

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Photo Gallery: Michigan 70, Oregon 63 http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/photo-gallery-michigan-70-oregon-63/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/photo-gallery-michigan-70-oregon-63/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:56:54 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=66131 Michigan 70, Oregon 63 - #30All photos by Adam Glanzman. Full gallery after the jump. 

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Michigan vs. Oregon basketball game on Nov. 24, 2014 in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.All photos by Adam Glanzman. Full gallery after the jump. 
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Video: John Beilein, Ricky Doyle and Caris LeVert recap win over Oregon http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/video-john-beilein-ricky-doyle-caris-levert-recap-win-oregon/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/11/25/video-john-beilein-ricky-doyle-caris-levert-recap-win-oregon/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:14:58 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=66126 Video: John Beilein, Ricky Doyle and Caris LeVert recap win over OregonJohn Beilein, Ricky Doyle and Caris LeVert were on the podium after Michigan’s 70-63 win over Oregon on Monday night. LeVert tallied 18 points for the Wolverines while Doyle provided the decisive play with a late put back. Watch the press conferences in the embedded media players below. Beilein after the jump.

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John Beilein, Ricky Doyle and Caris LeVert were on the podium after Michigan’s 70-63 win over Oregon on Monday night. LeVert tallied 18 points for the Wolverines while Doyle provided the decisive play with a late put back. Watch the press conferences in the embedded media players below.

Beilein after the jump.

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