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Video of John Beilein talking about why he was glad his team was down the day after the Wisconsin game, how he’s framing Michigan’s NCAA Tournament chances and what the Wolverines will have to do to leave Minnesota with a victory on Saturday. Notes and quotes are after the jump.
Video of Darius Morris and Stu Douglass discussing how they’re getting over the crushing loss to Wisconsin, why it may be better to be playing on the road at this point and facing the Gophers on Saturday. Darius is after the jump.
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Irvin finished with 14 points (5-9 shooting, 2-3 from 3-point range, 2-2 from the foul line) and handed out six assists in the Hamilton Southeastern win. You can read a full report at Inside the Hall but here is an interview and highlights.
A month ago today, Minnesota beat Michigan in Crisler Arena. The final score was 69-64, but down the stretch the outcome was never really in question. It was Michigan’s seventh loss in eight games and a once promising season had derailed and was hurtling toward abyss. Michigan’s turnaround over the last month has surprised even the most optimistic Michigan fans, but it also forces us to suffer through a deflating loss like this. The pain of losing a coin flip game like tonight’s is infinitely harder to manage than a loss like Minnesota, where you simply get outplayed.
Obviously the focus falls on the last possession of the game. I’m not a huge fan of using the fouls like Michigan did but that part of the strategy was executed pretty well. Ideally you’d like to use the sixth foul with two or three seconds left, but the first three fouls were used very well. I don’t think Wisconsin was ever going to rush into a shot and Michigan forced them into a lower percentage shot than they would have likely attempted in their typical set. The switch was obviously botched (and there also wasn’t any secondary help from the far wing) but the logic there is pretty clear. There’s one guy that everyone knows can and will beat you: Jordan Taylor. Stu Douglass reached for the ball, and if he’s going to do that he needs to knock it loose because that enables Taylor to pass over him. Taylor is a 41% three point shooter and odds are he would have got a good look. Taylor made a great play to find Gasser, a 28% three point shooting freshman, who banked it in. Michigan’s end of game strategy wasn’t flawless but I don’t think a Gasser three was one of Bo Ryan’s top five options breaking the huddle. At the end of the day, Gasser and Taylor deserve all the credit in the world for making a big time play.