It seems that we have too much recruiting video to handle lately but I can’t see a problem with posting some more Here is footage of Carlton Brundidge versus West Bloomfield and Trey Burke versus Groveport in the first round of the Ohio playoffs.
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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.
John Beilein addressing the media after his team’s heartbreaking 53-52 loss to Wisconsin at Crisler Arena. Notes and quotes after the jump.
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Josh Gasser off glass at the buzzer.
Each game thread seems to have a few more comments than the last, so you really have no excuse not to join in the discussion. Here are the standard pregame links:
- Game 29: Wisconsin at Michigan Preview
- Pick to Click: Wisconsin at Michigan
- Video: John Beilein Previews Wisconsin
- Video: Jordan Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. Talk Wisconsin
- Michigan by 1-10 (71%, 55 Votes)
- Wisconsin by 1-10 (24%, 19 Votes)
- Wisconsin by 10+ (5%, 4 Votes)
- Michigan by 10+ (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 78