Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal lead Michigan to third Italian tour victory

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Michigan knocked off Petrarca Padova, 116-52, for its third straight exhibition victory in Italy.

The Wolverines led 30-21 after the first quarter and managed to extend their lead to 63-36 by halftime before coasting to their easiest victory of the foreign tour. The Wolverines held Padova to just 18 points in the second half.

Zak Irvin poured in 18 points in the first half and finished with a team high 22 points for the game. Irvin was 9-of-16 from the floor and knocked down two triples and is averaging 22.3 points per game while shooting 69% from three-point range through three games.

“We’ve had three great games,” Irvin said after the win. “Each game we’re getting better. You can see it when we watch film, defensively we’re getting better. Our goal was to hold teams under 60 points and we were able to do that again tonight; then scoring 100 points is something special.”

Mark Donnal finished with a 20 point, 11 rebound double-double, bouncing back from a lackluster game in Michigan’s second outing. Donnal was 8-of-10 from the floor.

“We continue to show Mark and Ricky (Doyle) film so that they can get better,” Beilein said after the win. “I really don’t care what each one does; I care what they do collectively. Tonight was 29 points and almost 20 rebounds between the two of them. It would be too much to think about getting 20 and 20 from them, but if we needed to get double-figures, that’s a heck of a big man.”

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Photo Gallery: Michigan vs. Vicenza All-Stars

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Special thanks to Jeffery Kind for passing along these photos from Michigan’s exhibition win over the Vicenza All-Stars in Italy. [click to continue…]

By The Numbers: Michigan 93, Vicenza All-Stars 53

Michigan picked up another comfortable win over the Vicenza All-Stars on Tuesday and Michigan released a box score with everything but steals, turnovers and blocks. Since the game wasn’t streamed, here are some statistical observations and notes from the box score including our traditional Four Three Factors graph.

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Box Score: Click to view the full Michigan box score

Michigan still managed a 58.8 eFG%, but the Wolverines were just 6-of-21 from three-point range. Zak Irvin was 4-of-5 which means his teammates were just 2-of-16 (12.5%) from distance. Despite struggling outside the arc, Michigan was impressive inside the arc, converting 66% of its two-point field goals. Michigan got to the free throw line at a fairly high clip, but was just 13-of-24 (54%) from the charity stripe. Derrick Walton (0-3), Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman (7-11) and Ricky Doyle (3-6) all missed at least three free throws.

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Michigan advanced to 2-0 during its Italian summer tour with a 93-53 victory over the Vicenza All-Stars on Tuesday.

The Wolverines gradually pulled away over the course of the four quarter FIBA rules game. Michigan led by 11 points after one quarter, 21 points at the half and 31 points after the third quarter before sealing the 40 point victory in the fourth.

“It was just good to see them play together because we did make some steps in the last game and we also discovered some things we have to work on a lot,” John Beilein said after the victory. “There are so many opportunities for us to get better, including turnovers and missed foul shots. What I’m proud of is that fourth quarter; we held them to eight points.”

Sophomore wing Zak Irvin continued his hot shooting, making his first four three-point attempts after making all five attempts in Michigan’s opener. Irvin is now 9-of-10 from three-point range despite playing with the longer distance FIBA three-point line in international competition. He finished with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting (4-of-5 from three-point range) with six rebounds.

Freshman big man Ricky Doyle had his best game of the tour, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the victory. Doyle reached double figures for the second consecutive game.

“There were two things that Ricky really did well: rebound in traffic and finish in traffic. Those are big things for us,” Beilein explained. “He’s only 6-9, but he plays even bigger than that on some occasions and today was one of them.”

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Video: Michigan vs. Perugia Select Highlights

Michigan beat Perugia Select 99-60 on Sunday in their Italian exhibition debut. One of our readers, Tim Kaegi, was in attendance on Sunday and put together some video footage of the second and fourth quarters of the victory. You can watch the highlights in the embedded media player below or find more complete game footage of the 2nd and 4th quarters after the jump (including Austin Hatch on the floor).

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Photo Gallery: Michigan 99, Perugia Select 60

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Special thanks to Tim and Lucy Kaegi for passing along these photographs from Michigan’s 99-60 win over the Perugia All-Stars in Rome on Sunday. Full gallery after the jump. [click to continue…]

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