Pick to Click: Indiana at Michigan

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Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Matt Vogrich, and Evan Smotrycz

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Game 26: Indiana at Michigan Preview

Who: Indiana (12-13) at Michigan (15-10) BlockIU_CMYK[1]
Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
When: Saturday, February 12th, 4:00 PM
Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA AM 1050 / Sirius Ch. 121 / XM Ch. 141
Last Game: Indiana 80, Michigan 61
Opposition Blog: Inside the Hall

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).

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Friday Links


Five Key Plays: Northwestern at Michigan

1) Jordan Morgan running the floor

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.

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2011 Q&A: Larry Nance Jr.


I caught up with a player who has just recently popped up on Michigan’s recruiting radar, 2011 forward/wing Larry Nance Jr. (profile & video) I talked to Larry about his game, what Michigan has told him regarding an offer and what he thinks of the Wolverines.

Describe your game. I just feel like I’m a versatile 3-4 man. I’m 6-7. I feel like I can play pretty much any position on the floor, guard any position on the floor and, I mean, I score inside-out and I get a lot of rebounds.

You grew quite a bit recently, correct? Yes. From my sophomore year to my senior year I grew six inches and put on 75 pounds.

How has that affected your game? As a sophomore, I didn’t start on J.V. and over that summer I just grew, worked on my game and I’ve turned into a varsity starter. It’s changed me from just a standing-around 3-point shooter to more of a swing 3-man who can shoot 3′s also.
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Video: Max Bielfeldt Talks Recruiting

Max Bielfeldt updates his recruitment with the Central Illinois Newscenter. Bielfeldt talks recruiting, his Michigan visit, his actual height, and his current season.

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