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

Photos: Free Press

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.

Make sure to submit your pick to click and check out the rest of our pregame coverage:

Game 22: Iowa at Michigan Preview

Who: Iowa (8-12) at Michigan (12-9) univ_of_iowa_logo[1]
Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
When: January 30th, 2011, 4:00 PM
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA AM 1050/Sirius Ch. 122/XM Ch. 143
Pick to Click / Beilein Video / Morris & Douglass Video

Michigan has six wins over Iowa in the past three seasons but has yet to face Fran McCaffery’s new look Hawkeyes. Under Todd Lickliter, Iowa played a slow deliberate style of basketball that featured endless three point attempts. Now McCaffery has attempted to move his uptempo style of basketball from upstate New York to the cornfields of Iowa. The fast paced style of play made it to Iowa City intact but the victories aren’t there yet.

Iowa is the fastest team in the Big Ten, averaging 67 possessions per game, but they are also the worst team with just a 1-7 record and the worst efficiency margin in the league. Michigan heads into this game on the heels of its biggest win of the season but hasn’t been much better overall.

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Pick to Click: Iowa at Michigan

Pick to Click is sponsored by Moe Sport Shops.

If you don’t know the rules you can read them here. Here’s today’s pool, all players that play the 2-3-4 positions:

Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr., Matt Vogrich, Evan Smotrycz, and Colton Christian

Please remember to use the same name and e-mail address that you have used for previous games or your selection will not be counted toward your overall tally. You are welcome to join in at anytime but you might have some catching up to do if you missed earlier games.

Five Key Plays: Michigan at Michigan State

There were obviously an abundance of key plays in this one but we think that we still came up with a pretty good list. Please let us know in the comments if you think we missed one. It seems weird that Darius isn’t explicitly featured in any of these. But sometimes there’s just too many to choose from.

1) Zack Novak’s four-point play

This shot not only kicked off Zack Novak’s ridiculous shooting night, it also calmed down the entire Michigan team. Michigan State started the game hot and rushed out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first two minutes. It looked kind of… typical. But with this play, Michigan made sure things didn’t get out of hand. Like most big plays in this game, it was set up by Darius Morris. Morris runs a little pick and roll with Jordan Morgan and the threat of his penetration commands three defenders. Delvon Roe and Kalin Lucas are both stuck with Darius after the screen which forces Durrell Summers to have to hang around the paint to help on Morgan rolling to the hoop. Darius sees that Summers has left Novak too much space and and rockets a pass across the defense. Zack launches and Summers has to close out quickly — as a result, he cruises by out of control and commits basketball’s cardinal sin by fouling a jump shooter. This was a great pass by Darius but Novak also did a tremendous job catching and shooting the ball quickly.
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