Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Tennessee

1. Matt Vogrich scores on backdoor cuts

Against such an athletic team like Tennessee, Vogrich was pretty far down the list of expected impact players. As he’s done time and again this year, Matt made big plays after Tim Hardaway Jr. was sidelined with foul trouble. Vogrich hit a three today but that wasn’t where his biggest influence was offensively, he changed the game with his ability to catch Tennessee on backdoor cuts. Matt was 5 of 5 on the day and three of his makes, the ones featured in this video, came on backdoor cuts. The backdoor cut is the perfect counter against a defense that overpressures the ball and I think Matt is probably the best player on the Michigan roster at freeing himself on backdoor cuts.

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Video: Beilein and Michigan Players Discuss Tennessee Win

We posted the transcript earlier but here’s video of the entire press conference (thanks to Josh Houchin).

NCAA Tournament 2011: Michigan vs. Tennessee Recap


Michigan’s season has been defined by ups and downs, more specifically within a specific game. Good stretches of basketball followed by awful ones and vice versa. Blow out wins have been few and far between and most games have been decided by two or three possessions in the final minutes. Here in Charlotte, Michigan played its best stretch of basketball of the season, outscoring Tennessee by 26 points in the second half. Michigan battled its way through the first half, leading by four at the break before opening the game up with a 19-2 run to start the second half.

Tennessee was the more physically imposing team, bigger stronger and more athletic at almost every position, but Michigan made it very clear who was the better team. Michigan scored more points in the paint (24-8), points off turnovers (11-4), second chance points (5-0) and fast break points (6-2). Those statistical categories are great measures of “want to” and teams that win those battles will generally win more games than they lose. The Wolverines 30 point victory was the largest margin of victory in an 8-9 game ever and Michigan’s most emphatic win since opening the season with a 31 point victory over South Carolina Upstate.

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Transcript: Tennessee Post Game News Conference

imageJohn Beilein, Darius Morris, Stu Douglass, Zack Novak and Matt Vogrich were all on the podium to discuss Michigna’s 30 point win over Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s the full transcript and we’ll have video later.

COACH JOHN BEILEIN: I think it’s an understatement to say that we’re thrilled with our performance today. We had a lot of respect for Tennessee’s defense, for the way they were going to come after us with pressure and we see that somewhat in the Big Ten, but it’s not a day-to-day. It was a bit of a concern. At the same time, these young men and the ones — other ones that came off the bench hung in there during a tough period in the first half and got away from it early enough in the second half to get a good win.

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Video: Jordan Morgan Talks Tennessee Win

Michigan 75, Tennessee 45


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