Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Oakland

1. Evan Smotrycz’s back-door cut and 3-pointer in first half

At the press conference after the game on Saturday, Oakland coach Greg Kampe said the Grizzlies’ game plan was to limit the back-door cuts and make the Wolverines beat them from behind the arc. In this two-play sequence, Evan Smotrycz beat them in both ways. First, off a screen at the top of the key from Jordan Morgan, Smotrycz slipped in front of Laval Lucas-Perry and was wide open under the bucket for an easy left-handed layup. On the next possession, Smotrycz was wide open again, but this time from deep. And he made Oakland pay, capping a 10-0 Michigan run and giving the Wolverines an early 15-4 lead. After the game, John Beilein said this was probably the best game of Smotrycz’s career (20 points, 9 rebounds) and his ability to score in several different ways as he did here was one of the big reasons why he was so successful.
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Photo Gallery: Michigan vs. Oakland


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Game 9: Michigan vs. Oakland Recap

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Michigan beat Oakland, 90-80, at the Palace on Saturday afternoon but had to do it on Oakland’s terms. John Beilein’s teams have been easy to define: they play at a slow tempo, limit turnovers, rarely foul, and attempt more than their fair share of three pointers. There was only one element of Beilein-ball in this game – three point shooting. Oakland controlled the tempo, forced turnovers, and got to the free throw line so effectively that with a little over ten minutes to play the Grizzlies had a very real chance of achieving the monumental upset that they so badly crave. The Wolverines were too much in the end, escaping the Palace with a ten point win on the back of clutch performances from Trey Burke, Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr.

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After Michigan’s 90-80 victory over Oakland, John Beilein was pleased with how his team responded to adversity – from dealing with broken scoreboards to coming out strong in the second half. Watch video of Beilein’s comments in the embedded media player below or read the notes and quotes after the jump:

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Video: Greg Kampe Discusses Michigan’s 90-80 Win

Greg Kampe met with the media after Michigan’s 90-80 win over Oakland at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Watch Kampe’s comments in the embedded media player below:

Game 9: Michigan vs. Oakland Open Thread

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Michigan travels to Auburn Hills, MI this afternoon to face off with Greg Kampe’s Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The defending Summit League Champs have already knocked off a high major program (Tennessee) this season and are 2-0 in Summit League play.

The game tips off at 4 p.m. ET on Fox Sports Detroit (and perhaps Fox College Sports Atlantic). Join in the discussion below to share your predictions, in game comments and post game analysis.

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