By Dylan Burkhardt | 2014-15 Season | Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:45 am
Welcome to “Italy Rewind,” our player-by-player recap and video feature from Michigan’s four-game tour of Italy. Previously: Zak Irvin, Ricky Doyle
Kameron Chatman is going to play the same position that Glenn Robinson III filled for the past two seasons, but he’s going to provide a very different look. Chatman isn’t the athlete that Robinson is and he’s certainly not going to rack up as many highlight dunks, but his unique skill set could actually be a better fit for the four position in Michigan’s offense.
There’s a very natural quality to Chatman’s game. He fits in, makes the correct passes and is almost always in the right spot to score. He’s never quite the focal point of the offense, but he does just enough that you never forget he’s involved.
Chatman was up and down shooting the ball in Italy – his 47.5 eFG% was the worst among Michigan’s rotation players — but his stroke looks much improved from his time in high school. He was very effective in the mid-range game, he rebounded, he pushed the ball up the floor and made a number of crisp passes.
By Dylan Burkhardt | 2014-15 Season | Posted on August 25, 2014 at 11:24 am
Welcome to “Italy Rewind,” our player-by-player recap and video feature from Michigan’s four-game tour of Italy. Previously: Zak Irvin
All eyes were on Michigan’s big men in Italy. With Max Bielfeldt and DJ Wilson sidelined, Michigan only had two options at the five position overseas and neither player has ever played in a college game.
“We have three or possibly four young men who’ll be playing in the post that have had very limited post opportunities, or post touches,” John Beilein said before the trip. “How much can we throw it in to them? How much can we play off of them? We’re still working in all those areas.”
Mark Donnal and Ricky Doyle got plenty of work in Italy, splitting the available minutes at the five position throughout the trip. Donnal was the starter in all four games, but Doyle usually started the second half. Both players had their moments, but it was Doyle that finished the tour as Michigan’s No. 3 scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 11.5 points and eight rebounds per game.
“There were two things that Ricky really did well: rebound in traffic and finish in traffic,” John Beilein said after one of Doyle’s two double-double performances in Italy. “Those are big things for us. He’s only 6-9, but he plays even bigger than that on some occasions and today was one of them. “
By Dylan Burkhardt | 2014-15 Season | Posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:30 am
Welcome to “Italy Rewind,” our player-by-player recap and video feature from Michigan’s four-game tour of Italy. First: Zak Irvin
The question all off-season has been whether Zak Irvin has diversified his game and is more than ‘just a shooter’. The numbers last season proved that Irvin was essentially ‘just a shooter’, but this is a new year and a new role for the 6-foot-6 wing. He’s added 15 pounds of muscle and five inches to his vertical leap and if Michigan’s trip to Italy is any barometer, he’s going to score points in bunches this season.
For all intents and purposes, Irvin was unstoppable through four games in Italy. He averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game while posting a ridiculous 81.3 effective field goal percentage. He shot 70% on twos and 67% on threes despite playing with a FIBA three-point line that’s 16 inches longer than the college line.
“I’m really in a great rhythm right now,” Irvin said after two games in Italy. “The ball has been falling in warmups, but I have to give credit to my teammates who keep finding me when I’m open. They’re the ones helping me knock down these shots.”
By Dylan Burkhardt | 2014-15 Season | Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Michigan wrapped up its Italian tour on Friday, beating the Mantova Stings by 20 points. The game was against stronger competition — the Stings play in the second division of Italian basketball — but the Wolverines pulled away by 20 points down the stretch. For the third consecutive game, Jeffery Kind was in attendance and provided video of Michigan’s win.
By UMHoops Staff | 2014-15 Season | Posted on August 23, 2014 at 9:50 am
Michigan wrapped up its Italian tour with a victory over the Mantova Stings on Friday afternoon, finishing 4-0 overseas. Jeffery Kind was on hand once again and provided these photographs from the game. Full gallery after the jump. [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | 2014-15 Season | Posted on August 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm
Michigan was finally challenged in its final game in Italy, but eventually prevailed with a comfortable win over the Mantova Stings. U-M released a box score (compiled by hand) and since the game wasn’t streamed, here are some statistical observations and notes from the box score including our traditional Four Factors graph.
Michigan pulled away down the stretch after allowing Mantova to hang around for much of the first half. It appears that Michigan’s problems were largely on defense in the first half, before it was able to tighten down and lock up in the fourth quarter.
Mantova scored 52 points in the second and third quarters combined, but Michigan held the Stings to just 10 points in the fourth. Judging by the box score, that might have been because Mantova finally went cold from long range after attempting 46% of its shots from long range.
Michigan’s offense coasted through another game despite the longer three-point line and shorter shot clock in FIBA play. The Wolverines shot 58% on twos and 42% on threes for a 59.7 eFG%, continuing their impressive offensive week in Italy. Uncharacteristically, Michigan was also dominant on the glass. Michigan rebounded nearly half of its missed shots, while only allowing the Stings to rebound a quarter of their misses.