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…]
Duke knocks of Michigan thanks in part to 52 percent three point shooting. Michigan moves to the third place game which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday (ESPN2) versus the loser of Kansas/UCLA. Post game recap, quotes, Five Key Plays and more in the coming hours.
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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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.
A closer look: Kansas 67, Georgetown 63
Kansas’ win over Georgetown means that Michigan will play the winner/loser of the Kansas/UCLA game on Wednesday either at 10 pm in the championship or 7:30 pm in the third place game. Kansas is the likely favorite to knock off UCLA.
With Michigan on a 10-0 run, Memphis was in serious need of a bucket before the end of the half. With 25 seconds remaining, Memphis is content to let the clock wind down all the way to four seconds. But for Michigan, the most important moment of this play came with 11 seconds to go. As Wesley Witherspoon prepares to screen Douglass, who’s guarding Joe Jackson with the ball, Trey Burke alerts Evan Smotrycz to switch. Because of this heads up play, when Witherspoon does set the pick Burke is able to switch onto Jackson rather than Smotrycz. You can bet John Beilein knew this, and that’s exactly the way he had told Michigan to play the high ball screen in practice and in the huddle (he also points the switch out during the play). Now, after the screen, Burke quickly picks up Jackson with time winding down and finishes the play with a beautiful block to end the second half and preserve Michigan’s momentum.
Things got a little testy after the play as well when Zack Novak confronts Will Barton after Barton shoves Evan Smtorycz in the back. Novak and Barton received technical fouls and although Novak eventually fouled out it’s no surprise and tough to complain with the three time Michigan captain showing a little emotion in backing up his teammate.