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Michigan 91 – IUPUI 54: Hot shooting carries Michigan over IUPUI

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Final 1st 2nd Total
#5 Michigan 45 46 91
IUPUI 31 23 54

Michigan kicked off the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday night with a 91-54 route of IUPUI. The Wolverines got off to a slow start, leading just 23-22 ten minutes into the game. But from there, Michigan began to pull away and took a 45-31 lead into the half. With the Jaguars trying to set up the last shot of the half and take some momentum into the locker room, Trey Burke stole the ball near midcourt, drove to the basket and picked up a foul. He converted both free throws to extend Michigan’s lead and keep the momentum in Michigan’s favor.

The second half was all Michigan as Glen Robinson III hit a three and Burke and Jordan Morgan added layups, and just like that, Michigan was up 21. The rest of the game saw Michigan continue to build its lead even when the starters were pulled with a few minutes to play.

Jon Horford had the highlight reel play of the night (photo by Carlos Osorio, AP)

Burke led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. He also dished out a career high nine assists. Robinson had the best game of his young career, pouring in 21 points while shooting 8-of-9 and 3-of-3 from downtown. Nik Stauskas added 11 points off the bench, hitting 3-of-4 threes, while Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr each scored 10.

Mitch McGary had a quiet night with just two points in 11 minutes of action, though he did pull in five rebounds. Jon Horford showed a flash of his ability when he got the ball near the foul line with his back to the basket, spun, took a dribble, and slammed it home while getting fouled. Spike Albrecht filled in nicely for Burke, scoring six in six minutes.

It was a game Michigan was supposed to win, and the Wolverines did just that. So far, Michigan has scored more than 90 points in each of its first two games, something it didn’t do all season last season. It was also the first time the Wolverines have had back-to-back 90-plus point games since the 2000 season.

The most apparent and optimistic aspect so far has been the number of scoring options Michigan has. On any given night, a different guy could step up. On Friday it was Hardaway. Tonight it was Robinson. Burke has been consistent in both.

Robinson is now 13-of-16 from the floor through two games and 3-of-3 from three. He’s also averaging seven rebounds. Stauskas is 4-of-6 from three through two games and if he can continue to provide a deadly shooting touch, Michigan will be very tough to defend.

If there’s one thing to gripe about it is turnovers. Michigan committed 13 tonight, including three each by Burke and Robinson. But Burke’s nine assists and the team’s 18 assists more than made up for the sloppy ball handling.

As a team, Michigan shot 60 percent from the field and 62 percent from three. Through two games, the Wolverines are shooting 59 percent overall and 62.5 percent from behind the arc.

Michigan returns to action at 8pm EST on Tuesday night at Crisler Center against Cleveland State. The Vikings beat Bowling Green 79-73 in overtime. The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off next week at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Final Game Stats
01 Glenn Robinson III* 8-9 3-3 2-4 2 4 6 2 21 1 3 0 0 32
52 Jordan Morgan* 5-6 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 2 10 2 2 0 1 27
03 Trey Burke* 8-15 4-7 2-2 1 2 3 2 22 9 3 0 1 32
10 Tim Hardaway Jr* 3-5 0-0 4-6 0 7 7 1 10 2 1 1 0 30
13 Matt Vogrich* 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 19
02 Spike Albrecht 2-2 1-1 1-1 0 2 2 0 6 0 1 0 0 6
04 Mitch McGary 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 11
05 Eso Akunne 1-3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4
11 Nik Stauskas 3-5 3-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 11 1 2 0 0 25
15 Jon Horford 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 5
20 Josh Bartelstein 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
22 Blake McLimans 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
32 Corey Person 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
44 Max Bielfeldt 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Totals 33-55 13-21 12-16 6 36 42 10 91 18 13 1 3 200
IUPUI 22-63 8-23 2-4 5 18 23 13 54 12 9 0 5 200

Michigan vs IUPUI quick thoughts

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The Preseason NIT kicks off tonight in Ann Arbor for the Michigan Wolverines, who will hope to reach the Madison Square Garden to battle for the tournament title with two victories over the next two days. Michigan welcomes the Jaguars of Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis to the Crisler Center at 9pm (ESPNU) this evening in both teams’ first-round matchup. The winner of the game will face the winner of the Bowling Green-Cleveland State game that tips off at Crisler three hours beforehand. With the first Division I matchup finally arriving, here are three things to look for against IUPUI:

Sam predicts a big game from Mitch McGary (photo by the Detroit News)

  1. Big Ten Opponent: No, IUPUI is not a Big Ten team (they are in the Summit League), but they do have one player that used to play in the Big Ten in former Purdue Boilermaker John Hart, the Jaguar’s now-starting point guard. While Hart was never a key player for Purdue, he will be expected to be a major contributor right away for his new squad, and in one game so far he has looked the part, scoring a team-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting (3-of-7 3-pt) to go along with four assists, three rebounds, two steals, and a block in a 67-54 home win over the Utah Valley Wolverines. Hart did turn the ball over four times as well, however, and IUPUI turned it over 14 times as a team. John Beilein will certainly look to take advantage of some of that sloppiness against a lesser opponent and turn some of those turnovers into fast-break buckets. Standing 6’2” and weighing 205 pounds, Hart should be able to at least do a decent job guarding Trey Burke, but his teammates will be called upon to stay with the rest of the Michigan team, who will be significantly more athletic as a whole.
  1. Hardaway’s Hot Start: We all saw what Tim Hardaway, Jr. is capable of when he’s feeling it in last Friday’s opening-night victory over The Rock, when he went off for 25 points and 10 rebounds. Tonight, IUPUI’s senior two-guard Sean Esposito will be tasked with slowing Hardaway, but giving up three inches height-wise and a couple more inches in athleticism to Hardaway, Esposito could find himself in a world of trouble. If Tim comes out hot again the Jaguars could be in for a long game; look for him to get his patented pull-up three off a couple times over Esposito if his shot is falling and pay special attention to Hardaway’s rebounding numbers again.
  1. Streakiness: IUPUI finished last season 14-18 overall and 7-11 in conference play, but the numbers themselves don’t the whole story. The Jaguars were one of the streakiest teams in the country a year ago, winning six straight games at one point and six of seven later on in the season, but they also got icy cold at times, losing eight of nine games from mid-November to mid-December and seven straight in January. If IUPUI comes out guns ablazin’ they could stay in the game for a half or a bit longer, but if second-year head man Todd Howard’s team comes out clanking shots off the rim and turning the ball over, Michigan will run away within the first 10 minutes.

Prediction: Tim Hardaway, Jr. will have another big game, going for 20 more points, but Mitch McGary will be the star of the show with his first career double-double, including a couple monster throwdowns. Michigan wins 83-54 and goes on to face the Vikings of Cleveland State tomorrow night.

Michigan hoops preview: IUPUI

Monday, November 12th, 2012

#5 Michigan v. IUPUI
Monday, Nov. 12
9pm ET
1-0 Record 1-0
100 Points Per Game 67
62 Scoring Defense 54
38-for-66 (57.6%) Field Goal % 26-for-59 (44.1%)
24-for-65 (36.9%) Def. Field Goal % 21-for-54 (38.9%)
12-for-19 (63.2%) 3-point % 8-for-23 (34.8%)
6-for-21 (28.6%) Def. 3-point % 5-for-17 (29.4%)
12-for-19 (63.2%) Free Throw % 7-for-8 (87.5%)
12.0 FT Made/Game 7.0
42.0 Rebounds Per Game 36.0
31.0 Opp. Reb. Per Game 33.0
19.0 Assists Per Game 14.0
9.0 Turnovers Per Game 14.0
5.0 Steals Per Game 5.0
3.0 Blocks Per Game 2.0
G – Tim Hardaway (25.0)
G – Trey Burke (21.0)
Leading Scorer G – John Hart (19.0)
C – Mitchell Patton (15.0)
G – Tim Hardaway (10.0)
F – Mitch McGary (9.0)
Leading Rebounder F – Donovan Gibbs (9.0)
C – Mitchell Patton (7.0)

Michigan throttled Slippery Rock on Friday night and now returns to action tonight in the NIT Season Tip-Off against IUPUI. It will be the first Division I team Michigan has faced so far this season – both exhibition games and Friday’s game were against Division II foes.

IUPUI won its first game of the season on Friday 67-54 over Utah Valley. The Jaguars were picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll for The Summit League after finishing 14-18 last season. Two starters from that squad return this season, as well as a transfer from Purdue.

The leading returning starter is Ian Chiles, who averaged 10.5 points per game last season. He shot 45 percent from the field and 42 percent from three.

The transfer from Purdue is John Hart who led the Jags with 19 points on Friday night. He played in 63 games over three seasons for the Boilermakers and averaged 3.8 points per game during the 2010-11 season.

Sophomore forward Lyonell Gaines started 27 of 32 games as a true freshman last season, averaging 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. However, he scored just two points in 13 minutes on Friday night.

Center Mitchell Patton scored 15 on 7-of-11 shooting. He averaged 3.9 points per game a year ago. The other starters were guard Greg Rice, forward Donovan Gibbs, and guard Sean Esposito. Rice and Gibbs both scored 10 and Gibbs led the team with nine rebounds, while Esposito scored just three on 1-of-8 shooting. He was a 40 percent three-point shooter last season while coming off the bench.

The first game of the NIT Season Tip-Off shouldn’t give Michigan much trouble, especially inside where Michigan is now strong with the addition of Mitch McGary, the presence of Jordan Morgan, and emergence of Jon Horford (provided he stays healthy). On the perimeter, IUPUI just won’t have the talent to keep up with Michigan’s highly-touted backcourt. Expect another big win to pull Michigan within a win of advancing to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden.