Pick to Click: Arkansas Pine Bluff at Michigan

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Eligible Players: Evan Smotrycz, Jordan Morgan, Zack Novak, Trey Burke and Stu Douglass.

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10337671-large[1]Though there is no media availability before Michigan takes on Arkansas Pine Bluff tomorrow, John Beilein took part in the season’s first Big Ten Teleconference this morning. Beilein noted that the starting lineup is “pretty solidified,” but he’s still searching for a rotation off the bench. Here’s notes and quotes of that and everything else the coach had to say.

  • First a couple newsworthy bits: Trey Burke was named Big Ten Freshman of the week for the second time this season.
  • Michigan is ranked No. 18 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll joining fellow Big Ten teams: Ohio State (3), Wisconsin (15), Illinois (19),  Indiana (20) and Michigan State (23). The Wolverines held at the No. 20 slot in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
  • Belein was pleased with a “quality” win over Oakland, now on to Pine Bluff and Alabama A&M as they continue to inch closer to the Big Ten season.

Recruiting Roundup: December 12th, 2011

High school basketball is rounding into full swing just before the holidays and we have compiled updates, videos and pictures of Michigan’s commitments and recruiting targets in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 classes. Find the latest on Mitch McGary (with video), Derrick Walton’s triple double, Mark Donnal’s 36 point performance, Nick Stauskas’s strong start, Michigan coaches watching a new 2014 target and much more after the jump.
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Scouting & Video: Mark Donnal Scores 36 Points vs. Bowling Green

2013 Michigan commitment Mark Donnal put together a monster performance against Bowling Green on Saturday. Donnal scored 36 points on just 15 shots and dominated the game for Anthony Wayne. Watch Donnal in action in the embedded media player below:

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The NBA lockout is over and Darius Morris has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. As you can see in the video above (filmed last week), Morris has been in the gym quite a bit this offseason.

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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