Notes, Quotes & Video: John Beilein Looks Ahead to Oakland

On Friday, John Beilein met with the media for the first time since last Saturday’s win over Iowa State. Tomorrow, Michigan will take on a tough Oakland team at The Palace at 4 p.m. Here’s video of what the coach had to say about the Grizzlies and other topics, along with notes and quotes after the jump:

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Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan and Zack Novak met with the media this afternoon to preview Saturday’s game versus Oakland.

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Game 9: Michigan vs. Oakland Preview

Who: No. 19 Michigan (6-2) at Oakland (6-3) OaklandLogo[1]
Where: Palace of Auburn Hills
When: 4:00 p.m. ET, December 10th, 2011
TV: Fox Sports Detroit/ESPN3 (no longer listed on ESPN3)
Radio: MGoBlue / WWJ (950AM), WTKA (1050AM), Sirius 94, XM 192
Preview: Oakland Q&A / Pick to Click
Opp. Blog: Summit Madness

In what will likely be its toughest challenge before Big Ten play, Michigan travels to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday to face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. Greg Kampe’s program seems to improve every year and looks to be the favorite in the Summit League despite losing Keith Benson to the NBA. The Grizzlies have been up and down this season, most recently dropping a game to Ohio, but always prioritize their match-ups versus in-state foes. Last season, Oakland came up a basket short of upsetting Michigan State at the Palace.

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Pick to Click: Michigan vs. Oakland

Pick to Click is sponsored by Moe Sport Shops.

Eligible Players: Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Matt Vogrich, Jon Horford, Jordan Morgan and Evan Smotrycz.

Submissions are due by tip off (4 p.m. on Saturday). Rules live here. Standings will be updated soon.

The Anatomy of a Shooting Slump: Stu Douglass


It’s no secret that Stu Douglass is struggling to find his shooting stroke this season. His stroke looks pure, calm and confident but the ball is not finding the bottom of the net.

Douglass is shooting just 28 percent from three point range and has failed to make two threes in a row this season. Ignoring caveats about sample size, the numbers are ugly and there’s no denying that Douglass is struggling. John Beilein emphasized on Saturday that Douglass still has the green light to shoot and that there’s “not much you can do” to eliminate a shooting slump. Here’s a closer look at Douglass’s struggles, a video study of his jumpshot and how his performance could improve going forward.

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Inside the Play: Pick and Roll Offense

I hope all is well everyone! I have the pleasure of introducing a new feature on UMHoops called Inside the Play. In this segment, we will take a hard look at the x’s and o’s behind Michigan basketball – analyzing schemes, scenarios, and play calls that take place during a game.

Since my playing days, Coach Beilein’s offensive scheme has changed quite a bit. The framework is still the same; however, the emphasis on the pick and roll has increased significantly. Michigan now uses several special play calls that immediately place Michigan’s guards into pick and roll action from the start of the play. With Michigan’s shooters spreading the floor, it’s difficult for defenses to decide what options they should take away. Defenses are also at a loss because Trey Burke has been dynamite as a freshman point guard, already grasping how to effectively run a pick and roll. We are going to look at a couple scenarios from this season, focusing on the following:

  1. How Michigan gets into the pick and roll.
  2. What decisions/progressions Trey Burke has to make quickly.
  3. What shooting the three well can do for running the pick and roll and getting easy baskets.

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