Darius Morrris Named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week

morrisDarius Morris and Talor Battle were named co-Big Ten Players of the Week.  Here’s the official Big Ten notes on Morris’ performance:

Darius Morris led Michigan in two victories last week, helping the team to the program’s first win over Michigan State in East Lansing since 1997, followed by the third triple-double in Michigan history against Iowa. For the week Morris averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 63.2 percent from the field. Against the Spartans, the sophomore tallied 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting with eight assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals. Three days later, the Wolverine posted 12 points, grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds and recorded 11 assists. Morris joins Gary Grant and Manny Harris as the only Wolverines in program history to record a triple-double. This marks Morris’ second weekly award of the season.

Last Michigan Player of the Week: Darius Morris (Dec. 27, 2010)

The freshman of the week honors went to Jared Sullinger, again. (Photo Credit: AnnArbor.com)

Game 22: Iowa at Michigan Recap

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Post Game: Beilein Presser Notes / Player Videos

It was perhaps the most enjoyable Michigan game to watch all year. It featured everything from 60-foot assists, follow up dunks, a barrage of three pointers, and even a rare triple double. Darius Morris was the catalyst, notching a triple double, but he had plenty of help. Morris’ support cast shot the ball extremely well and allowed him to do what he does best: distribute the ball.

All five Michigan starters scored in double figures and Novak, Hardaway, Smotrycz, and Morgan combined for a 76% effective field goal percentage on 23 of 38 (12-22 3pt) shooting. Morris’ triple double was just the third in Michigan history and the first one against a Big Ten foe.

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Notes & Quotes from John Beilein After Iowa Win

beileinApparently I bought the "moody" edition of the Mino HD FlipCam, because mine decided to lock up just in time for John Beilein’s post-game press conference. Here are notes and quotes, more detailed than usual.

  • "From a Michigan fan’s perspective, it was a great game to watch." Would like to have "solid, across-the-board scoring" more often.
  • Iowa is "a challenge to stop," but Michigan’s defense is not where it needs to be, either.
  • "Things are going to go up and down," but it’s clear Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. have come a long way. Evan has worked very hard in practice and Tim had a stomach ache for most of the game but didn’t play like it.
  • Darius Morris had a very "intense" performance. "We tried to give him a rest each half." Every game it’s a different game plan and Darius is asked to do different things. Iowa did a lot of double-teaming off the ball screen, and Darius "for the most part, did a wonderful job."

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Video: Morris, Morgan, Hardaway and Smotrycz Discuss Iowa Win

One extra video today. Darius Morris talks about his triple-double and Jordan Morgan talks about letting the guards go after rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. disproves Darius’s claim that he didn’t know how close he was to a triple-double and Evan Smotrycz goes into how it’s easy to knock down 3-pointers when your guards are finding you in open spots.

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Game 22: Iowa at Michigan Post Game Chat

David Merritt joined us to answer your questions about Michigan’s 87-73 win over Iowa and Darius Morris’ triple double. Check out the full transcript after the jump.
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Game 22: Iowa at Michigan Open Thread

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It’s time for Michigan to put the joy of Thursday’s upset behind them and try to snap a three game home losing streak. Tip off is at 4 pm (BTN) and, as always, if you aren’t going to the game we encourage you to join the discussion in the comments of our site.

Bonus! This game also marks the triumphant return of David Merritt’s live post game chat. Make sure to stop by the site after the final horn and submit a question for Merritt to answer.

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