We’ve discussed Michigan as a team that’s still finding its identity just seven games into a young season but Iowa State might be the most unique collection of talent, transfers and extenuating circumstances in the country. Four of five Cyclone starters transferred to Iowa State from a different Division I school. Three of those players, and the Cyclones’ sixth man, are in their first year of eligibility at Iowa State. Second year head coach Fred Hoiberg is left with the unenviable job of figuring out a way to mesh all of that displaced talent into a cohesive unit.
Things That Happened Against Virginia Brian on the Virginia game over at MGoBlog. The loss was frustrating, sure, but this take feels far too harsh. This was a November basketball game and this team will look far different in February and March.
Hatch Unlikely To Play Basketball This Season
“Austin continues to make great strides in his rehabilitation; this first year is vital to the recovery process. As a result, it is unlikely that Austin’s physicians will clear him to play basketball this season.”
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. [click to continue…]
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…]