There were plenty of big plays and possessions in this one so coming up with just five was tough. In the comments be sure to let us know which plays you thought were key if they’re not included here.
1) Strip by Matt Vogrich leads followed by and-1 by Darius Morris
This is a good example of two great plays on opposite ends of the court. People may complain about Vogrich, and he didn’t do much in this game offensively, but he is aggressive on the glass, aggressive in his role in the zone, and he knocks down 3-pointers with relative regularity. This defensive play is all effort and knowing where you’re supposed to be. He made a great play on the ball and kept it inbounds. On the other end, not much was opening up so Darius decided to take it himself. He saw an opening in the lane and made a very tough shot in traffic, something he’s 100 percent better at this year than last year. This series came at the end of the first half and cut the Kansas lead to seven going into the break, allowing Michigan to stay within striking distance.
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We are scrapping the Big Ten power rankings and changing the format of our weekly Big Ten post. The first section will be recapping the latest Big Ten efficiency margins for the week with some quick observations. The second section will be Joe handing out a couple of “awards” such as the biggest surprise, disappointment, unsung hero, etc. Hopefully this format will be a little more flavorful and interesting.
Tempo Free Efficiency Margins [1-10-2011]
|Team||W||L||PossPG||Off. Eff.||Def. Eff.||Eff. Margin|
Stats from StatSheet.com
Through three to four games these numbers are still largely influenced by strength of schedule and a limited sample size. For example, Purdue has played Penn State, Northwestern, Michigan, and Iowa – teams that will likely make up the bottom half of the conference. On the other hand, they have dismantled ever team in their path and have the best defense in the conference by a significant margin. Speaking of defense, the Boilers are the only conference teamholding opponents under a point per possession, so much for the Big Ten being labeled as a defensive league.
Illinois and Ohio State are both 3-0 but it is the Illini offense that has been truly impressive, scoring 1.23 points per possession and shooting 64% on threes and 65% on twos. The Illini won’t continue to shoot this well but they have experienced talent that has been playing well. Ohio State’s tendency to let teams back into games near the end of the second half has cost them a bit and places them further down the pecking order around Wisconsin.
Michigan State is the last team with a positive efficiency margin and they are followed by Minnesota and Northwestern teams that have played brutal early schedules. It’s all about survival mode for the Gophers and Wildcats as their schedules set up favorably for a strong finish.
Michigan checks in at 10th with the conference’s second worst offense and second worst defense. The Wolverines did pick up a win over Penn State but the losses to Purdue and Wisconsin were one sided after the dust settled. Things won’t get much easier with Ohio State next up. – Dylan Burkhardt
Visitors! As mentioned in the Kansas post game, Carlton Brundidge (2011 commit), Glenn Robinson III (2012 commit), Gary Harris (2012), Khaliq Spicer (2012), Sherron Dorsey-Walker (2012), Steve Haney (2013), Derrick Walton (2013), Cha Cha Tucker (2013), and Chris Harrison-Docks (2012) were all at the game.
Class of 2011
Trey Burke – Commit
Northland is the #3 team in OHSAA Division I and over the weekend they picked up a big win over a talented Rice team from New York. Burke finished with 22 points on 9 of 18 (2-4 3pt) shooting with three assists and six turnovers in the win. NBE Basketball filed this report ($):
Trey was nearly unstoppable for much of the game with the ball in his hands. He connected on off-the-dribble jumpers with such ease, and he had no problem driving on his man and finishing from inside the paint. Burke really impressed the crowd when he dropped a step-back, off-the-dribble three-pointer with just two seconds on the clock before halftime, giving his team a 27-25 lead at the break. Burke also brought a great assist game, and strong in-the-face defense to the court Saturday morning. He dropped a few dimes, including a gorgeous pass, driving to the lane, finding his big man through a double-team, who then finished with an easy layup. The one knock on Burke was the fact that he was careless with the ball on several key possessions for Northland in the second half of the game.
Ohio HS Hoops posted this video interview with Burke after the game. Northland also had a 50 point win over Linden (highlights with two Burke dunks) and Burke had 16 points on 7 of 9 (1-2 3pt) shooting with 7 assists.Earlier in the week Burke had 20 points (12 of 19, 1-5 3pt) shooting in a 20 point win over Centennial.
Photo Credit: Detroit News
It wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing game but Michigan displayed a resilience and toughness that, simply put, we haven’t seen all season. The Wolverines defended Kansas better than any other team but just couldn’t make enough shots down the stretch to pull out the upset. Michigan never led during regulation and the game was only tied twice: at 0-0 and the regulation final of 51-51.