Tip off is at 4 p.m as Michigan looks to continue its newfound success. A victory would be Michigan’s fifth in six games while a loss would effectively eliminate Michigan’s slim NCAA tournament odds. Christian Watford’s status is still shrouded in mystery as neither Jordan Hulls or assistant coach Steve McClain would address Watford’s status in media availability yesterday.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on February 12, 2011 at 12:15 am
I made the trip down to Richfield, OH to watch Larry Nance Jr. in action. The senior forward prospect recently popped up on Michigan’s recruiting radar as a potential candidate to be offered Michigan’s final 2011 scholarship. Joe posted a lengthy interview with Nance and you can also find some video from earlier this year on his profile page. Nance had 16 points in tonight’s game versus Highland and here’s the video:
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Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Matt Vogrich, and Evan Smotrycz
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The bottom seven teams in the Big Ten all have Pomeroy rankings that fall somewhere between 40 and 75. Because of the relative strength of the conference’s bottom half, it should come as no surprise that Indiana, tied for last in the standings, isn’t that bad of a team. Indiana managed to knock off Illinois and Minnesota at home and lost at Michigan State by just one point in overtime. Don’t let their record fool you, Indiana’s efficiency margin is almost identical to Michigan’s and the Hoosiers handled Michigan with ease in Bloomington.
Now, Michigan looks to validate its resurgence and recent improvement by avenging its worst performance of the season. The biggest storyline heading into this game is Christian Watford’s broken left hand. The 6-foot-8 sophomore was playing the best basketball of his career before he broke his hand in East Lansing. He is questionable to play on Saturday (listed as “out indefinitely” in the official game notes) and had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the game at Indiana. Watford is a near perfect combination of length and athleticism with inside-out shooting ability. He’s obviously a very tough guard for Michigan because the Wolverines’ options at the four are either too short (Novak) or too slow (Smotrycz).
Hardaway Versus Harris Brian compares Hardaway and Harris. I think his overall take is a bit unfair to Manny but there’s no denying that Hardaway has put up impressive numbers during his freshman campaign.
Mid-season Big Ten PORPAG
More TOC statistical analysis, this one using KJ’s Points Over Replacement Per Adjusted Game. Morris ranks sixth in the league behind Taylor, Leuer, Sullinger, Battle, and Johnson. Ahead of everyone else. Not too bad.
A majority of Morgan’s production this season has come via put-backs or feeds on the pick and roll. Against Northwestern, he was also particularly impressive running the floor. John Beilein uses a line about young big men, something like “they think they are running fast, but they don’t know they can run faster.” Morgan began to find that extra gear in this one. If a big man can beat his man down the floor, he’s going to get free points. This was the case for Morgan in both of these plays as he worked hard to get up the floor and was rewarded by his guards. The layup with the foul was probably his most impressive basket of the game. Morgan caught the ball in the tough spot but had the body control to make a solid jump stop and finish with the contact. The second one speaks for itself as Darius Morris makes a phenomenal no-look pass as Morgan cruises down the lane for the two handed slam.