Next up for Michigan is a 7 p.m. semifinal game on Tuesday versus the winner of today’s Duke/Tennessee game. Post game coverage coming shortly but for now, discuss the win in the comments below.
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Whether you’re on your couch, in your cubicle, in class or at the bar next to your office, join in the discussion for Michigan’s matinée island showdown with the Memphis Tigers. It’s the first true test of Michigan’s young season and the beginning of what should be quite a week for Michigan sports fans.
|Who: No. 17 Michigan (3-0) vs. No. 10 Memphis (1-0)|
|Where: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, HI|
|When: 3:00 P.M. ET, November 21st, 2011|
|TV: ESPN2 / ESPN3 (Provider List)|
|Radio: MGoBlue / WWJ (950 AM) / WTKA (1050 AM) / Sirius: 92 / XM: 19|
|Pre-Game: Notes & Quotes: John Beilein and Zack Novak / Five Pre-Tournament Thoughts|
|All 2011 Maui Invitational Coverage|
Internet streams, Division II opponents, student announcers and sleepy 8:30 tip offs are in the past. The 2011-12 Michigan basketball season kicks into full gear this afternoon as Michigan faces off against Memphis to open the Maui Invitational.
Stylistically these two teams couldn’t be more different. Memphis is one of the more athletic teams that Michigan will face this season. The Tigers play a deep bench, want to run the floor and attack the basket but have the tendency to turn the ball over. Michigan is more apt to play a methodical game, limiting turnovers and firing up three pointers.
The New England Recruiting Report National Prep Showcase routinely draws the nation’s top prep schools and this year was no different. The three day showcase style event also draws most of the prominent national scouts out to the high school circuit for the first time of the fall.
2012 Michigan commitment Mitch McGary and Brewster Academy played two games in the showcase. The first was a a 91-75 win over Fishburne Military Academy on Saturday and the second was a 95-65 dismantling of Massanutten Military Academy. Brewster moved to 5-0 on the season but the weekend was a struggle for McGary.
John Beilein and Zack Novak met with the media this afternoon to discuss the experience thus far in Maui and Monday’s match-up with Memphis. Here are notes and quotes from both Beilein and Novak with links to published audio. (Audio links here: John Beilein | Zack Novak)
- It’s an early measuring stick at this point in the season. “You’re going to really see where you are against these teams, teams that will be in the NCAA tournament. We’ll find out very soon where we are in regards to that and what we have to work on going forward.”
- On what he will look for: “How can we handle the talent and schemes that we have to play against? How have our players matured and how are new players adjusting?” There are a lot of different things and we’ll just gradually understand. “It’s discovery still, how are they going to react on the national stage.”
- On whether defense is biggest positive: “Yeah it has been although we didn’t feel like we had a great defensive game against Western Illinois” Thought Western Illinois was a very good fundamental team, “better than their record a year ago” and really worked the clock well.