Game 4: Michigan vs. Memphis Preview

Basics
Who: No. 17 Michigan (3-0) vs. No. 10 Memphis (1-0) memphis_logo[1]
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.

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National Prep Showcase: Notes on Mitch McGary and Dominic Woodson

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The New England Recruiting Report National Prep Showcase routinely draws the nation’s top prep schools and this year was no different. The three day showcase style event also draws most of the prominent national scouts out to the high school circuit for the first time of the fall.

2012 Michigan commitment Mitch McGary and Brewster Academy played two games in the showcase. The first was a a 91-75 win over Fishburne Military Academy on Saturday and the second was a 95-65 dismantling of Massanutten Military Academy. Brewster moved to 5-0 on the season but the weekend was a struggle for McGary.

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Pick to Click: Michigan vs. Memphis

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Notes & Quotes: John Beilein and Zack Novak Preview Memphis

314983_259589897423454_113453778703734_731323_1457769000_n[1]John Beilein and Zack Novak met with the media this afternoon to discuss the experience thus far in Maui and Monday’s match-up with Memphis. Here are notes and quotes from both Beilein and Novak with links to published audio. (Audio links here: John Beilein | Zack Novak)

  • It’s an early measuring stick at this point in the season. “You’re going to really see where you are against these teams, teams that will be in the NCAA tournament. We’ll find out very soon where we are in regards to that and what we have to work on going forward.”
  • On what he will look for: “How can we handle the talent and schemes that we have to play against? How have our players matured and how are new players adjusting?” There are a lot of different things and we’ll just gradually understand. “It’s discovery still, how are they going to react on the national stage.”
  • On whether defense is biggest positive: “Yeah it has been although we didn’t feel like we had a great defensive game against Western Illinois” Thought Western Illinois was a very good fundamental team, “better than their record a year ago” and really worked the clock well.

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2011 Maui Invitational: Five Pre-Tournament Thoughts

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Here are five thoughts on the 2011 Maui Invitational which tips off Monday afternoon with Michigan’s matinée showdown against Memphis. (2011 Maui Invitational Bracket) The tournament should be among the top preseason tournaments once again this year and will certainly provide an adequate first test for the 2011-12 Michigan Wolverines.

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Five Key Plays: Western Illinois at Michigan

1. Trey Burke’s 3-pointer off the pick and roll

While the pick and roll was one of Michigan’s best weapons last year with Darius Morris, it has scarcely been used so far in this early season. Morris excelled at the play, either driving to the bucket off the pick or dishing it off to the rolling Morgan. But in this clip, we see how the new-look Wolverines can use the pick and roll in a different way. Douglass gets a screen from Morgan on the left side of the arc, but instead of driving to the basket as Morris would have, he takes just one dribble to his right. As Morgan rolls, Trey Burke’s man sags in to cover the pass off the roll, leaving Burke – a much better shooter than Morris ever was – open for three on the left wing.  Burke nailed the bucket, one of his three 3-pointers en route to an early career-high 14 points. This shows not just how Burke’s shooting ability can change a game but how Douglass can still utilize some sets that aren’t necessarily best designed for his skillset.
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