John Beilein described today’s game as a measuring stick and his team answered the challenge. Michigan is clearly ready for its next test. A Wolverine offense that lacked direction in early season play was suddenly operating efficiently in the Lahaina Civic Center and the Michigan defense which gave up abundant open looks to Western Illinois stifled the Memphis attack. The game was played at a pace suitable for Memphis, 70 possessions, but the result went with the Wolverines, 73-61.
Photo: Dustin Johnston
Whether you’re on your couch, in your cubicle, in class or at the bar next to your office, join in the discussion for Michigan’s matinée island showdown with the Memphis Tigers. It’s the first true test of Michigan’s young season and the beginning of what should be quite a week for Michigan sports fans.
|Who: No. 17 Michigan (3-0) vs. No. 10 Memphis (1-0)|
|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.
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.