NCAA Tournament 2011: Michigan vs. Duke Preview

Basics
Who: Duke (31-4) vs. Michigan (21-13) duke-logo[1]
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
When: ~2:45 ET, Sunday, March 20th (30 mins after UNC/UW)
TV: CBS / Online Streaming
Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA 1050 AM
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Two years ago, Michigan upset Duke at home and rode the ensuing wave of momentum to its first NCAA tournament berth in over a decade. Now, the Wolverines have an opportunity to advance to the Sweet 16 by upsetting the Blue Devils again. The stage is set with a mid-afternoon nationally exclusive tip off on CBS and excessive newspaper stories surrounding three lines from Jalen Rose’s Fab Five documentary circling through the newspapers. Plenty of eyeballs will be tuned in for this one. A Michigan win would be monumental, a loss means one of the most surprising Michigan seasons in quite some time concludes in Charlotte.

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Transcript: Michigan Pre-Duke Press Conference

imageHere’s the full transcript of Michigan’s press conference this afternoon discussing the upcoming game with Duke. John Beilein, Stu Douglass, Darius Morris and Zack Novak were all on the podium. We should have video posted later tonight. Audio from the Michigan players and also Coach Beilein are posted on MGoBlue.com. (Photo: MGoBlue)

Q. For Stu, how much of the Duke game did you guys get to watch and could you give me your impressions?
STU DOUGLASS: Started out pretty quick. We watched a lot of film. Coach gave us a great game plan. Broke down a lot of stuff. Great team, lot of size. Lot of different ways — they can run their offense and defense. Lot of different, you know, matchups for us. It will be a good game.

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Video: Stu Douglass and Tim Hardaway Jr. Preview Duke

Michigan faced the media today in preparation for tomorrow’s contest with the No. 1 seeded Duke Blue Devils. Here’s video of Stu Douglass and Tim Hardaway Jr. discussing the match-up.

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Pick to Click: Michigan vs. Duke

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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).

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