Logic and reason tells us that Minnesota is supposed to crumble. The Gophers lost Trevor Mbakwe to knee surgery during the Old Spice Classic and were written off. It was almost a foregone conclusion that the Gophers’ season would fall apart in a similar fashion to last year when the they lost 10 of their final 11 games while dealing with backcourt injuries. This Minnesota team has already proven its more resilient than last year’s, winning six of seven games without Mbakwe with the one loss coming in double overtime at Illinois on Tuesday.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on December 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Here are highlights of 2012 Michigan commitment Nik Stauskas in the Holiday Invitational tournament in Raleigh, NC. Stauskas exploded in the final game of the event, scoring 28 points and making five threes.
Despite a sold out crowd, Crisler Arena felt a bit lifeless early on. Students are still on break and Michigan didn’t have a lot of energy out of the gate as Penn State jumped out to a small early lead. These back to back steals by Burke helped calm some nerves and get Michigan into the flow of the game. Both are great active defensive plays even if the finishes at the other end were a bit dicey. Burke gets bailed out with a goal tend on the first and on the second it looks like he probably traveled. Evan Smotrycz actually leads Michigan in steals but with Burke’s hands and quickness he could and should pick up more steals as the year continues. [click to continue…]
Post Game: John Beilein Press Conference / Hardaway, Burke, Smotrycz & Novak Video / Photo Gallery
The message from the Michigan basketball players and coaches after a season opening home win over Penn State was clear: good Big Ten teams defend their home court. Zack Novak emphasized that point before the game and John Beilein expressed relief after the game, admitting that he wasn’t sure how his team would react to Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions are far from the best the Big Ten has to offer but Michigan put together a convincing win comprised of relatively ordinary individual performances. Despite an average performance, Michigan dominated the game in all facets and cruised to an easy 71-53 victory. [click to continue…]