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Michigan trailed Duke for 40 minutes but this was not an empty performance for the Wolverines. John Beilein’s team simply dug itself too great of a hole to overcome despite an extremely impressive second half offensive barrage. Despite failing to advance to the final, there’s little doubt that this relatively unproven Michigan team left this game as a better team than it was this morning.
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John Beilein, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Zack Novak met with the media after Michigan’s 82-75 loss to Duke in the Maui Invitational semifinals. Find the full transcript of their press conference here and after the jump.
COACH BEILEIN: It mirrored a little bit of our game last year in the NCAA Tournament where they got off to a quick start with us. We only had nine turnovers in the game, and one was in the last second. We had eight turnovers, but we had‑‑ I think I counted the first four times down the floor we had a turnover.
Let them get out to it. We were chasing them the whole time. They’re not a great team to chase. They really know how to control the ball, limit their turnovers, and they have a‑‑ their perimeter played very well. I’ll have to watch film again to see how much of that was us and how much of that was Duke. But I assume an awful lot of it was Duke. [click to continue…]
It’s Michigan versus Duke for a trip to the Maui Invitational Championship game. The rematch of last year’s round of 32 NCAA Tournament game will tip off at 7 p.m. eastern time on ESPN (or ESPN3 online).
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|Who: No. 15 Michigan (4-0) vs. No. 6 Duke (5-0)|
|Where: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, HI|
|When: 7:00 P.M. ET, November 22nd, 2011|
|TV: ESPN / ESPN3 (Provider List)|
|Radio: MGoBlue / WWJ (950 AM) / WWWW (102.9 FM) / Sirius: 128 / XM: 191|
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It’s easy to dismiss the desolate Michigan locker room after a 73-71 loss to Duke last March as a distant memory. After all, It’s a new season and both rosters look different, but 12 of the 16 names on the current Michigan roster sat in that locker room eight months ago. As far as basketball memories go, those wounds are still fresh. Duke ended Michigan’s season in a game that Wolverine players thought they had every right to win. They might not have said it publicly but this is exactly the game Michigan players hoped for when they traveled to Maui. Gradually, Michigan-Duke is beginning to feel like a rivalry again.
The two teams split a pair of games in 2009 and played one of the more entertaining games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, a two point Duke win. Jalen Rose stoked the fire as his documentary provided the sort of inflammatory fodder that can boost any rivalry, and now Michigan and Duke are set to face off again in the Maui Invitational semifinals.