Game 8: Iowa State at Michigan Open Thread

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Michigan hosts Iowa State in its first home game in over two weeks and its first weekend game of the season. Tip off is scheduled for noon and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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Notes, Quotes & Video: John Beilein Previews Iowa State

John Beilein addressed the media on Friday, discussing lingering questions from the loss to Virginia on Tuesday and previewing Saturday’s matchup against Iowa State. Here’s video of the press conference, followed by notes and quotes after the jump.

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Game 8: Iowa State at Michigan Preview

Basics
Who: Iowa State (5-2) at No. 14 Michigan (5-2) image
Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
When: 12:00 P.M. ET, December 3rd, 2011
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: MGoBlue / WWJ (950AM), WTKA (1050AM), Sirius 135, XM 191

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.

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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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