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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To The Point: Selection Sunday Recap Video

One final Selection Sunday video from David Merritt because you can never have enough Selection Sunday videos.

Bonus! Here are two more features from the athletic department: a behind the scenes look at Michigan’s trip to Indianapolis from JohnBeilein.com and a closer look at the temporary offices outside of Crisler Arena.

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Monday Bullets: Max Bielfeldt, Fab Five & Tennessee

  • 2011 Peoria Notre Dame big man Max Bielfeldt will take his official visit to Michigan this week, as he’s headed to Ann Arbor tonight. Bielfelt has offers from Michigan and Illinois and is expected to decide between the two schools. Illinois also may be pushing to use its final scholarship on a point guard transfer from Bradley. The interview and highlights above are from this January.
  • Jalen Rose provided Tennessee assistant coach Tony Jones, one of Jalen’s high school coaches, with a scouting report of the Wolverines. ($) Here’s some more (free) talk from the Tennessee side of things on the NCAA match-up.
  • Despite playing 95% man defense this year, Michigan’s 1-3-1 zone is still a constant topic in the national media. Most recently it’s Andy Katz: “Paging Tennessee? Part of me is convinced the Vols are in position to be the most dangerous No. 9 seed. If the Vols play up to their potential, they could beat Michigan and Duke to get to the Sweet 16. But Tennessee could also lose badly to Michigan and the Wolverines’ 1-3-1 defense.” Despite playing almost entirely man-to-man, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Michigan break out the zone against the Vols, considering their shooting woes.
  • Miss the Fab Five documentary on ESPN? It’s posted in its entirety on YouTube.
  • Brian posts his thoughts on Chris Webber and the Fab Five while Greg Dooley posts notes and quotes from the pre-screening in Ann Arbor.
  • Luke Winn, easily one of our favorite college basketball writers, has plenty of thoughts on the NCAA Tournament brackets.
  • David Brandon posted thoughts on Michigan’s inclusion in the tournament on his blog.

First Look: Michigan vs. Tennessee

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Most expected Michigan to grab a 10 or 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament but the committee awarded the Wolverines, 20-13 (9-9), with an eight seed in the west region.The eight seed is the fourth best seed awarded to a Big Ten team but doesn’t necessarily present the easiest path to the second weekend. Michigan will face Tennessee in the opening round before a potential match-up with the No. 1 seeded Duke Blue Devils.

Tennessee provides an intriguing match-up for Michigan, mainly because the two programs are so different – both on the court and at the end of the bench. John Beilein’s slow paced offense relies on three point shooting combined with precision cutting and passing. Bruce Pearl’s offense is more uptempo and interior focused with a roster of athletes that play aggressive defense. To add to their differences, John Beilein is more cool and composed on the bench and is the head of the NCAA Ethics committee. On the other hand, Bruce Pearl is fiery and brash and under NCAA investigation for lying to investigators over recruiting violations.
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Lots and lots of videos tonight. We already posted videos of Zack Novak, Darius Morris, and John Beilein but here are a few more. Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Stu Douglass and the gregarious Bacari Alexander also took time to discuss Michigan’s inclusion in the field of 68.

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Video: John Beilein After NCAA Selection Show

John Beilein talked with the media after Michigan was selected to the NCAA Tournament field. Here is this two part video, as well as a bonus clip from the Big Ten Network.

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