Scouting & Video: Jackson Lamb vs. Saline

I made the short trip down Ann Arbor-Saline road to Saline High School tonight to watch one of the area’s best young players — Jackson Lamb, a 6-foot-7 2013 recruit out of Bedford High School. Bedford won the game and Lamb had 26 points, here are some highlights:

You can find a full scouting report and video interview of Lamb discussing his recruitment after the jump.
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Game 16: Kansas at Michigan Preview

Who: Kansas (14-0) at Michigan (11-4) images[1]
Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
When: January 9th, 2011, 4:30PM
Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA 1050 AM/Sirius Ch. 113

Simply put, Michigan hasn’t been playing great basketball recently. The defensive tenacity that defined the majority of non-conference play has disappeared over the last four games as Michigan’s defense has been picked apart by the likes of Bryant, Purdue, Penn State, and Wisconsin. Michigan has been outscored by .18 points per possession through three games of Big Ten play, a mark that ranks second to last in the conference. Hosting the nation’s number three team isn’t necessarily the easiest way to get on track.

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Players Discuss Upcoming Game Versus Kansas

We have notes and quotes from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Darius Morris from today’s media availability as well as this video from MGoBlue on Stu Douglass. Notes and quotes are after the jump.

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John Beilein Meets with Media Before Kansas

Here’s video of John Beilein discussing Michigan’s upcoming game with 3rd-ranked Kansas on Sunday and a little bit on the loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday:

Notes and quotes are after the jump.
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Opposition Q&A: Rock Chalk Talk

ku_bkc_usc_nk06_t600x415[1]Josh Selby and Bill Self

Rock Chalk Talk’s Owen Kemp agreed to exchange a few questions with us in preparation fro the Kansas game. You can find the questions that I answered for them over there.

Just how good is this Kansas team? They seem to be mentioned a breath after Duke and Ohio State, are they on that level, better, or worse?

It’s tough to say because at this point I’ve seen a limited sample of Duke and Ohio State, while Kansas has played VERY good at times and looked a little "bored" at times.

I think from a talent standpoint, they are absolutely right there with Duke and Ohio State and they absolutely have a chance to win the whole thing IF they play to their potential.  This team is extremely deep and has a very high ceiling it’s just been a matter of getting that maximum effort and focus on a consistent basis.  If they have it, they’re a fun team to watch.

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Five Key Plays: Michigan at Wisconsin

The overall theme for this game’s five plays is clear: Wisconsin made plays down the stretch and Michigan didn’t.

Jordan Taylor opens the second half with a three point barrage

Taylor hit three triples in the first 6 minutes of the first half and they completely changed the shape of the game. Taylor hadn’t looked for his offense much in the first half, seeming to defer to other players and be content with playing setup man, but the light went on in the second half. His first three is just a lack of effort from Morris, who doesn’t even bother to get a hand in Taylor’s face. It’s not like Taylor isn’t a three point threat, he’s shooting 39% from distance on the season. Morris is also at fault on the second three as he goes under Leuer’s ball screen and leaves Taylor open for another wide open look. On the third, you can see Douglass fight over the ball screen at the start of the possession but he just gives Taylor too much space as he buries the three with the shot clock running down.

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