Inside the Play

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2013-14 Season  

Film Study: Wisconsin’s ball screen defense

Chris Smith Michigan has dealt with seemingly every different kind of ball screen defense over the last month, but it was extremely effective against Wisconsin in Madison. The Badgers defended ball screens much differently than […]

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2012-2013 SeasonAnalysis  

Examining the Defense: Ball screens and zone

Michigan’s defense is the primary concern after a frustrating five game stretch. The Wolverines have seen their offensive production hit occasional snags but their defensive performance has plummeted consistently. Most recently, the league’s worst offense, […]

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2011-2012 SeasonAnalysis  

Inside the Play: Defensive Rebounding

We all know Michigan isn’t the biggest team. I think everyone can see that by watching a game or two – even watching layup lines. But that’s not always a great excuse when it comes […]

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2011-2012 SeasonAnalysis  

Inside the Play: Manufacturing offense for Jordan Morgan

Jordan Morgan has developed more in the last two years than many expected throughout his career. He’s transformed his body and developed into an effective player around the basket but he’s not an individual offensive […]

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2011-2012 SeasonAnalysis  

Inside the Play: Michigan State’s ball screen defense

Trey Burke was the best player on the floor in the first match-up between these two schools but he had his fair share of struggles in the East Lansing rematch. A big part of Burke’s […]

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2011-2012 Season  

Inside the Play: Michigan struggles to defend Michigan State cross screens

Michigan State consistently attacked the Michigan defense with an array of different looks off of low cross screens out of a 1-4 set. The basic formation is pictured above and the Spartans almost always used […]

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2011-2012 SeasonAnalysis  

Inside the Play: Backdoor screens shred Indiana defense

Michigan attempts more threes than any other Big Ten team but an unheralded strength of the Wolverine offense this season has been its ability to convert around the basket. Despite trotting out a lineup that […]

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2011-2012 SeasonAnalysis  

Inside the Play: Transition Offense

The Big Ten, for the most part, features tougher defensive teams that play at a slower tempo. With that being said, it’s extremely important for teams to capitalize on opportunities to score without setting up […]

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2011-2012 SeasonAnalysis  

Inside the Play: Baseline Out-of-Bounds Sets

Michigan’s offense struggled from the field for the majority of its win over Northwestern and any easy basket was especially important. It was the Wolverines’ production off second chances (13) and turnovers (18) that seemed […]

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2011-2012 SeasonAnalysis  

Inside the Play: Pick and Roll Offense

I hope all is well everyone! I have the pleasure of introducing a new feature on UMHoops called Inside the Play. In this segment, we will take a hard look at the x’s and o’s behind […]

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