Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Virginia

1. Joe Harris’s 3-pointer, followed by a turnover and foul by Colton Christian, spark a 10-4 Virginia run to end the 1st half

With just over two minutes to go in the first half, Virginia had just 14 points. Michigan was up five and surviving without the help of Tim Hardaway Jr, who had spent the majority of the half on the bench with two fouls. With 2:15 to go, Virginia finally made its move. First, Joe Harris nailed a 3 right over Stu Douglass. It wasn’t horrible defense by Douglass — the 6-foot-6 Harris simply rose above Douglass’s outstretched hand from the left wing and knocked down the contested shot. On the ensuing Michigan possession, Colton Christian lazily attempted to pass the ball to Novak on the right wing and Harris tipped the pass away. Harris was fouled by Christian in the scrap for the ball and, with the Cavaliers in the bonus, went to the line and made both free throws. Suddenly the game was tied at 19 and the crowd was alive. Virginia ended the half on a 10-4 run in the final 2:15 of the game and took momentum heading into the break. In his press conference on Monday, John Beilein stressed the importance of turnovers, especially on the road and Christian’s really proves how costly turnovers can be.
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Road Trip Gallery: Michigan at Virginia

Photos by David Merritt in Charlottesville before and after Michigan’s loss to Virginia. Find the full gallery after the jump. [click to continue…]

Game 7: Michigan at Virginia Recap

Photo: MGoBlue

Michigan and Virginia battled back and forth for 30 minutes but somehow the Cavaliers always felt like the aggressors. Eventually Michigan’s offense sputtered and Mike Scott awoke to help Virginia pull away with a 19-2 run late in the second half. The result was a 70-58 Virginia win, dropping Michigan’s record to 5-2 on the season. [click to continue…]

Game 7: Michigan at Virginia Open Thread


Michigan opens up the Big Ten-ACC Challenge looking to steal one for its conference on the road. There’s no shortage of travel for the Wolverines who make the trip to Charlottesville, VA, less than a week after returning from Hawaii. Virginia is 5-1 but has yet to beat a high-major foe, can Michigan add a quality high major road win to its resume? Tip off is 7:00 pm eastern and the game is televised on ESPN2 with Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla on the call.

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Pre-Game Content:

Game 7: Michigan at Virginia Preview

Who: No. 14 Michigan (5-1) at Virginia (5-1) VirginiaLogo3[1]
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
When: 7:02 P.M. ET, November 29th, 2011
TV: ESPN2 / ESPN3 (Provider List)
Radio: MGoBlue /  WWJ (950 AM) / WWWW (102.9 FM) / Sirius: 134 / XM: 190
Preview Content: John Beilein Notes, Quotes & Video, Pick to Click
Maui Invitational: What We Learned

The beaches, sun and cozy atmosphere of the Lahaina Civic Center are a thing of the past but Michigan is back on the road, this time making a trip to Charlottesville, VA to face the Virginia Cavaliers. It’s not Cameron Indoor or the Breslin Center but it’s still Michigan’s first road game of the season in an ACC arena that holds over 14,000 fans. The Wolverines have faced an array of tests with varying degrees of difficulty this season but the trip to Virginia poses two challenges unique to Michigan’s young season: a true road game and a match-up with a slow paced defensive minded team suitable for the Big Ten.

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Pick to Click: Michigan at Virginia

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