Game 7: Michigan at Virginia Open Thread


Michigan opens up the Big Ten-ACC Challenge looking to steal one for its conference on the road. There’s no shortage of travel for the Wolverines who make the trip to Charlottesville, VA, less than a week after returning from Hawaii. Virginia is 5-1 but has yet to beat a high-major foe, can Michigan add a quality high major road win to its resume? Tip off is 7:00 pm eastern and the game is televised on ESPN2 with Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla on the call.

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Pre-Game Content:

Game 7: Michigan at Virginia Preview

Who: No. 14 Michigan (5-1) at Virginia (5-1) VirginiaLogo3[1]
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
When: 7:02 P.M. ET, November 29th, 2011
TV: ESPN2 / ESPN3 (Provider List)
Radio: MGoBlue /  WWJ (950 AM) / WWWW (102.9 FM) / Sirius: 134 / XM: 190
Preview Content: John Beilein Notes, Quotes & Video, Pick to Click
Maui Invitational: What We Learned

The beaches, sun and cozy atmosphere of the Lahaina Civic Center are a thing of the past but Michigan is back on the road, this time making a trip to Charlottesville, VA to face the Virginia Cavaliers. It’s not Cameron Indoor or the Breslin Center but it’s still Michigan’s first road game of the season in an ACC arena that holds over 14,000 fans. The Wolverines have faced an array of tests with varying degrees of difficulty this season but the trip to Virginia poses two challenges unique to Michigan’s young season: a true road game and a match-up with a slow paced defensive minded team suitable for the Big Ten.

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Pick to Click: Michigan at Virginia

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John Beilein met with the media for the first time since the team returned from its 2-1 showing in Maui and recapped the Wolverines performance in Hawaii while previewing Virginia and the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  Watch Beilein’s comments in the embedded video player below or find detailed notes and quotes after the jump.

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Maui Invitational: What We Learned

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Michigan traveled home from Maui with a 2-1 record and a third place finish. The wins over Memphis and UCLA were impressive and the loss to Duke was competitive. From a realistic standpoint, it’s the best outcome the Wolverines could have hoped for short of a championship.

John Beilein emphasized what a great opportunity the tournament was for the team and coaching staff to grow and continue to learn what works, what doesn’t and what pieces they have to utilize. Six games into the season, here a few early observations and takeaways.

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Michigan and the NBA Draft, 2012 Edition

Michigan's Trey Burke drives around Memphis forward Wesley Witherspoon in the first half Monday.Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times Mitch McGary of SYF plays during the Adidas May Classic. uspw_5727496[1]

Michigan fans have come to understand the importance of the NBA Draft process after losing their leading scorer to NBA Draft early entry in each of the last two seasons. With the tentative agreement on a new NBA collective bargaining agreement and Michigan playing in a high profile tournament over Thanksgiving, NBA Draft talk probably won’t be more prominent until April.

The first notable development is the affect of the new CBA on NBA Draft rules. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that a committee will be established to examine the NBA Draft age limit but it’s not expected to affect the 2012 Draft:

“Only the agreement to have the committee may be part of the new CBA,” the source said. “I doubt it will have any affect on the 2012 draft.”

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