The 2011 Maui Invitational Bracket was released by ESPN this weekend and Michigan will open the tournament against Memphis on November 21st at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Should Michigan win, the Wolverines will face the winner of the Duke vs. Tennessee game. Here’s the full bracket:
Memphis returns a very talented team and is ranked in the top 15 of most preseason top 25 rankings. Joe Jackson (USA U19) and Will Barton highlight the returning players while 5-star wing Adonis Thomas and big man Stan Simpson highlight the Tigers’ incoming class. Beyond the players on the floor, Memphis and Michigan play a dramatically different brand of basketball. Josh Pastner’s team likes to play an uptempo, sometimes turnover heavy, style of basketball compared to John Beilein’s more deliberate pace.
Michigan’s 2009-10 season was as disappointing as any in recent memory. Preseason expectations were as high as they had been in over a decade and the Wolverines fell flat on their faces. A summer filled with turnover, turmoil, question marks and frustration followed, leaving Michigan fans wondering which direction the program was heading. [Photo: Michigan Stadium Aerials]
A little over a year later, the picture couldn’t be more different. Michigan translated on court momentum into recruiting momentum and, from top to bottom. The program has direction. Here’s a look at the key moments, surprises, disappointments and commitments that defined the last 16 months.
We continue to be optimistic that Austin will make steady ( but slow) progress. Most days bring new and positive evidence. We are engaging close family members in the therapy process. We are extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support of so many wonderful people through this website and by other means. Through you all, the Lord has and is providing great strength to Austin and us.
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By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on August 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Michigan picked up a pair of 2013 commitments in the last 48 hours in Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin but there are remaining possibilities in the class of 2012. Mitch McGary is one hopeful option that Michigan will continue to pursue in the coming weeks and months. McGary has impressed this summer and continued on his rise from top-100 player to top-5 player. He has a Michigan offer and visited Ann Arbor in June but is being pursued by a who’s who of high major programs including Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Connecticut, Maryland and Kentucky.
Michigan Prep Stars was in attendance at the 2011 Under Armour Jam Fest in Milwaukee, WI this July to watch McGary in action.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on August 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm
2013 point guard Derrick Walton has committed to Michigan. Walton is the second 2013 commitment that the Wolverines have landed in as many days. Walton is a consensus top 100 recruit and is ranked 88th by Rivals.com, 77th by Scout.com and 92nd by ESPN.com. Those rankings were published before the July evaluation period where Walton excelled, exploding for over 30-points on several occasions in front of Michigan head coach John Beilein.