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John Beilein, Zack Novak, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. took to the podium after Michigan’s 73-61 over Memphis to breakdown the game for the media. Here’s the full transcript of the post game press conference.
COACH BEILEIN: We’re really pleased we could come away with a win today. Memphis presents some very big challenges. They’re a very good defense. We haven’t seen anything like that. Our scout team does not show us ‑‑ they work really hard, but they can’t to duplicate what you see. So we had some sloppy moments and we had some really good moments as well. [click to continue…]
John Beilein described today’s game as a measuring stick and his team answered the challenge. Michigan is clearly ready for its next test. A Wolverine offense that lacked direction in early season play was suddenly operating efficiently in the Lahaina Civic Center and the Michigan defense which gave up abundant open looks to Western Illinois stifled the Memphis attack. The game was played at a pace suitable for Memphis, 70 possessions, but the result went with the Wolverines, 73-61.
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Whether you’re on your couch, in your cubicle, in class or at the bar next to your office, join in the discussion for Michigan’s matinée island showdown with the Memphis Tigers. It’s the first true test of Michigan’s young season and the beginning of what should be quite a week for Michigan sports fans.
|Who: No. 17 Michigan (3-0) vs. No. 10 Memphis (1-0)|
|Where: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, HI|
|When: 3:00 P.M. ET, November 21st, 2011|
|TV: ESPN2 / ESPN3 (Provider List)|
|Radio: MGoBlue / WWJ (950 AM) / WTKA (1050 AM) / Sirius: 92 / XM: 19|
|Pre-Game: Notes & Quotes: John Beilein and Zack Novak / Five Pre-Tournament Thoughts|
|All 2011 Maui Invitational Coverage|
Internet streams, Division II opponents, student announcers and sleepy 8:30 tip offs are in the past. The 2011-12 Michigan basketball season kicks into full gear this afternoon as Michigan faces off against Memphis to open the Maui Invitational.
Stylistically these two teams couldn’t be more different. Memphis is one of the more athletic teams that Michigan will face this season. The Tigers play a deep bench, want to run the floor and attack the basket but have the tendency to turn the ball over. Michigan is more apt to play a methodical game, limiting turnovers and firing up three pointers.