Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Ferris State

Five Key Plays is back for the 2011-12 season with a look back at five notable, important or otherwise interesting plays from Michigan’s 59-33 win over Ferris State.

1. Jordan Morgan’s strong drive to the bucket for an and-1
Although he averaged over nine points last season, most of Morgan’s points came in transition, on put backs or off the pick and roll from Darius Morris. Here’s a play that we have rarely seen from Morgan, and one that is hopefully a sign of things to come.  Morgan received the ball at the top of the key, pump faked and took it strong to the hole on just one dribble. The help-side defender tried to stop him but never had a chance. Morgan made the lay up with two defenders on him, also drawing the foul. To cap it off, he made the free throw. It’s plays like this that will put force Beilein to think twice about starting Horford, who was scoreless and very quiet on Friday, over Morgan.
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Glenn Robinson III has shot up recruiting charts over the last 12 months and this video help explains some of his rapid improvement. The video is impressive and the cited numbers might be even more eye opening. The numbers show significant improvement in almost every category but the most impressive appears to be an eight inch (30″ to 38″) vertical leap improvement in one year.

Game 1: Ferris State at Michigan Recap


The first 30 minutes were eerily similar to Michigan’s ugly exhibition game against Wayne State. Michigan’s offense had little movement, shots weren’t falling inside or out and frustrating turnovers seemed to stop any momentum before it started. The light finally went on over the final quarter of play as the Wolverines began to resemble the team that most expected to see this season. Suddenly the offense was flowing, shots were falling and Michigan closed the game with an emphatic 21-1 run. The end result was a respectable 59-33 win.

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It wasn’t pretty, but Michigan got the ‘W’ in a 59-33 victory over Ferris State. Here is video along with notes and quotes of what John Beilein had to say after the game:

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Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jordan Morgan met with the media after Michigan’s 59-33 season opening win over Ferris State. Watch the interviews in the embedded media players below.

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Game 1: Ferris State at Michigan Open Thread

Trey Burke will start his first game in a Michigan uniform

College basketball season is upon us. Michigan tips off its season tonight against Ferris State in the first of three home games before traveling to the Maui Invitational.

Tonight’s game is not televised but it is available through the Big Ten Network’s online streaming service, available here for $15 per month. The game will also be replayed on the Big Ten Network at 4:30 pm on Monday afternoon.

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