Video: Trey Burke and Northland vs. SVSM

Capital City Preps put together these highlights from Northland’s victory over Akron St. Vincent St. Mary’s at the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic in Columbus, Ohio. 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 8 assists, three blocks, and two steals in the Northland win. We’ll have our full recruiting roundup posted tomorrow. Burke wears #3 in white.

5 Key Plays: Minnesota at Michigan

1) Evan Smotrycz and Jordan Morgan in foul trouble early

Jordan Morgan and Evan Smotrycz have both developed the tendency to pick up ticky-tack fouls early on in games. It’s not just those two, all of Michigan’s bigs are picking up fouls at a high rate, 5.4 fouls are called on Jordan Morgan per 40 minutes, Smotrycz 4.8, McLimans 5.5, and Horford 7.5. Some of these fouls appear very minor but their consequences are not. The team that attacks the rim is rewarded and in this game that was Minnesota. Unfortunately, it appears the game-plan for most teams that play Michigan is to attack our bigs and get them in foul trouble. The default position for most Big Ten teams is to attack the rim and rebound, but teams know it is extremely easy to draw fouls in the post against the Wolverines. Smotrycz was pulled for his second foul after just six minutes and could have contributed to throwing off his shot for the rest of the game. Morgan was pulled for the remainder of the first half at around six minutes and was in foul trouble throughout the rest of the game. Out of everything, early foul trouble may be Michigan’s biggest problem right now — especially when limiting opposition free throws is a primary focus of the defense.

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Game 20: Minnesota at Michigan Recap

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Different game, same story. This team’s inability to play defense in the Big Ten becomes more evident with every game. This time it was Minnesota that dismantled the Michigan defense with an overwhelming number of easy looks around the basket and offensive rebounds. Michigan appeared to have a chance to make the game interesting down the stretch but was unable to the two or three stops in a row necessary to have a chance.

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Video: John Beilein After Minnesota Loss

Video of John Beilein’s post-game press conference is below. Notes and quotes after the jump.

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Video: Morris, Novak and Douglass After Minnesota Loss

Post-game video of Darius Morris, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass talking about Michigan’s 69-64 loss to Minnesota at Crisler Arena.

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Game 20: Minnesota at Michigan Open Thread


Source: MGoBlue

Michigan looks to break a five game losing streak with its fifth straight win over Tubby Smith and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. eastern at Crisler Arena and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network (radio info). We encourage you to join the conversation in the comments below if you aren’t headed to the game this evening.

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