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1. Joe Harris’s 3-pointer, followed by a turnover and foul by Colton Christian, spark a 10-4 Virginia run to end the 1st half
With just over two minutes to go in the first half, Virginia had just 14 points. Michigan was up five and surviving without the help of Tim Hardaway Jr, who had spent the majority of the half on the bench with two fouls. With 2:15 to go, Virginia finally made its move. First, Joe Harris nailed a 3 right over Stu Douglass. It wasn’t horrible defense by Douglass — the 6-foot-6 Harris simply rose above Douglass’s outstretched hand from the left wing and knocked down the contested shot. On the ensuing Michigan possession, Colton Christian lazily attempted to pass the ball to Novak on the right wing and Harris tipped the pass away. Harris was fouled by Christian in the scrap for the ball and, with the Cavaliers in the bonus, went to the line and made both free throws. Suddenly the game was tied at 19 and the crowd was alive. Virginia ended the half on a 10-4 run in the final 2:15 of the game and took momentum heading into the break. In his press conference on Monday, John Beilein stressed the importance of turnovers, especially on the road and Christian’s really proves how costly turnovers can be.
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Michigan and Virginia battled back and forth for 30 minutes but somehow the Cavaliers always felt like the aggressors. Eventually Michigan’s offense sputtered and Mike Scott awoke to help Virginia pull away with a 19-2 run late in the second half. The result was a 70-58 Virginia win, dropping Michigan’s record to 5-2 on the season. [click to continue…]
Michigan opens up the Big Ten-ACC Challenge looking to steal one for its conference on the road. There’s no shortage of travel for the Wolverines who make the trip to Charlottesville, VA, less than a week after returning from Hawaii. Virginia is 5-1 but has yet to beat a high-major foe, can Michigan add a quality high major road win to its resume? Tip off is 7:00 pm eastern and the game is televised on ESPN2 with Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla on the call.
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