Video: Michigan Commitments Shine in State Playoffs

Trey Burke and Carlton Brundidge continue to lead their respective teams to playoff success. Brundidge had 19 points in a 65-49 regional final win over Rochester Adams. The Blue Jays will face East Detroit next in the state quarterfinals.

Burke led Northland to the regional final with a huge win over Gahanna and Ohio University commitment, and Burke’s AAU teammate, Stevie Taylor. Burke had 27 points on 10-21 (4-9 3pt) shooting with 7 assists, 4 reb, and 1 TO in the 57-52 win. Here’s video from Northland’s win:

Carlton Brundidge video and a quick update on Max Bielfeldt after the jump.
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Wednesday Links


Scouting Report: Tennessee

Tobias_crop_340x234[1]I fired up ESPN3 to watch film of Tennessee’s game versus Florida in the SEC Quarterfinals last week. The Vols lost the game, 85-74, but did manage to hang with the Gators until the last several minutes. Here’s a closer look at Tennessee as well as some video footage (provided by Josh Houchin) from that game.

Tennessee is a team full of scrappers and fighters. The Vols have tremendous length and quickness and make the most of it through their aggressive and gambling trapping defense. Tennessee extends on-ball pressure far beyond the three point line and is very active in the passing lanes. However, the Tennessee defense seems to collapse a bit too much in reaction to dribble penetration, leaving shooters open on the wings — a potential means of attack for Michigan. This is all vintage Tennessee basketball under Bruce Pearl.

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Video: John Beilein Previews Tennessee

Video of John Beilein from today’s media availability is below. Notes and quotes are after the jump.

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Here’s some video from today’s media availability. Darius Morris, Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. talk Tennessee, the NCAA Tournament and preparations for their tournament game on Friday.

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Tennessee Talks Michigan

Given the foreign nature of this game and the relative unfamiliarity between both programs, we decided to take a look through the press clippings from Knoxville.  My first impression is that these two teams feel completely different about the 8-9 game. For Tennessee, ranked #20 in the preseason, there is relief to be in the dance despite a disappointing season. Compare that to Michigan, who vastly overachieved to reach this game. Here’s a video from KnoxNews on Selection Sunday with reactions from the players and coaches after being given a nine seed:

Much more after the jump, including several notes on how successful Tennessee’s scout team was during Monday’s practice.
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