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Michigan 76 – Saginaw Valley 48: Burke’s return fuels Michigan

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012


Final 1st 2nd Total
#5 Michigan 43 33 76
Saginaw Valley State 20 28 48

Trey Burke showed no sings of rust on Monday night (photo by MGoBlue.com)

The best college basketball teams always seem to have some combination of veteran and young talent, versatility, and a certain amount of depth. Through two exhibition games, Michigan has shown that they have all of this – and then some.

John Beilein has to be pleased with the way his team is shooting the ball, as the Wolverines poured in 78 points on 29-of-51 field goal attempts (56.9 percent), including a strong 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from behind the three-point line. Of those buckets, a whopping 23 of which were assisted, good for a ridiculous 79.3 percent assists-to-field goal ratio (did I just make a stat up?). And once again, it was a freshman that led the team in scoring as Glenn Robinson III finished with 17 points on a hyper-efficient 7-of-9 shooting (3-of-5 from three), including another monster alley-oop from third-year vet Tim Hardaway, Jr.

With two mediocre GLIAC teams in the rearview mirror now, it’s still hard to say anything conclusive about this squad going forward, but it certainly looks the part of a top-10 team. Michigan’s two wins have really never been in doubt, and having experienced some exhibition scares in the past, Beilein must be pleased.

Four of the five Fresh Five have shown that they are ready for the college game and will garner significant playing time, led by Robinson III, Mitch McGary, and Nik Stauskas. Tre Robinson appears to have a starting spot locked down while both McGary and Stauskas seem to be guys that will be first off the bench. Spike Albrecht saw 17 more minutes tonight, and while he only scored two points, he did dish out two assists to only one turnover and made it quite evident that he will be the primary backup for Trey Burke. Caris LeVert seems to be a good bet to redshirt at this point, but his future is full of potential.

For those who wanted to see two true bigs on the floor together, tonight was the time for it, as Jordan Morgan and Mitch McGary shared the court for a good deal of time in the first half and proceeded to dominate the glass on both ends of the court, helping Michigan grab 88.5 percent of Saginaw Valley’s misses and 42.3 percent of their own misses. Morgan is noticeably thinner and will look to continue to improve on his touch around the basket while grabbing all the rebounds he can get his hands on. McGary again showed off an admirable motor and big-time energy; at one point he tipped a pass on defense over the half court line then chased it down while being harassed by a defender before grabbing it and slamming all in one vicious motion.

Glenn Robinson III showed his scoring potential once again (photo by MGoBlue.com)

Jon Horford sat out once again, but the latest word is that he should still be on schedule to suit up for Friday’s regular season opener against Slippery Rock. With the size and he skill that he brings to the table, Horford will probably squeeze both Blake McLimans and Max Bielfeldt out of the regular rotation, but having two serviceable big men on the bench is not a bad problem to have.

If one thing is certain at this point, however, it’s that Michigan has plenty of talent and not a lot of selfish players. The assist numbers speak for themselves, and another game with fewer than 10 turnovers (seven tonight) will undoubtedly make Beilein sleep well tonight. After the first exhibition game he said that he is always happy to keep the turnovers in the single digits; to be taking care of the ball this well early on is a terrific sign for this young team. The best player on the court tonight had to be Trey Burke, who scored 16 points at will and handed out eight assists while coughing the ball up only once. Those are All-American type numbers.

Tim Hardaway, Jr. seems to be playing much more within the flow of the offense early on, and his six assists show that he is really embracing the role of being more of a facilitator. His points will come, but two points are two points no matter who puts the ball in; Timmy is starting to realize that he doesn’t have to score 15 every night for his team to be successful.

The one glaring area that will need to improve for Michigan as they enter the regular season is free throw shooting. The Wolverines combined to shoot only 7-of-14 from the charity stripe tonight, with Mitch McGary going 0-for-2 and Caris LeVert shooting 0-for-3. There will be games this season that come down to one or two possessions, and free throws will be the difference. Shooting 50 percent, wide open from 15 feet away is simply unacceptable at this level of basketball, and Beilein knows that and will do everything he can to make it a non-issue.

Again tonight, however, it was all Maize and Blue. Balanced scoring has gotten it done in the preseason and balanced scoring should be the name of the game into the early part of the regular season. Scorers will emerge and the rotation will be cut down to around eight or nine players, but Michigan has four or five legitimate options that could lead the team in scoring on any given night. It’s a safe bet to assume that Michigan fans’ excitement is well-deserved right now, and that John Beilein likes what he sees. The season is only four days away. Michigan appears ready.

Final Game Stats
# Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
01 Glenn Robinson III* 7-9 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 17 2 0 0 2 26
52 Jordan Morgan* 2-3 0-0 3-4 6 1 7 0 7 1 1 0 0 24
03 Trey Burke* 6-11 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 0 16 8 1 1 1 21
10 Tim Hardaway Jr* 2-5 1-2 0-1 0 3 3 1 5 6 2 0 1 26
13 Matt Vogrich* 3-5 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 8 1 0 0 0 14
02 Spike Albrecht 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 17
04 Mitch McGary 3-3 0-0 0-2 3 7 10 3 6 0 2 1 1 20
05 Eso Akunne 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
11 Nik Stauskas 3-6 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 8 1 0 0 0 24
20 Josh Bartelstein 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
22 Blake McLimans 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4
23 Caris LeVert 0-1 0-1 0-3 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 12
32 Corey Person 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
44 Max Bielfeldt 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Totals 29-51 11-27 7-14 11 23 34 7 76 23 7 2 6 200
Saginaw Valley 18-44 10-20 2-2 3 15 18 15 48 17 13 0 2 200

Michigan vs Saginaw Valley State quick thoughts

Monday, November 5th, 2012


Michigan’s second and final exhibition matchup comes tonight at the Crisler Center against the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State. Here are three things to watch for as the season nears:

Trey Burke will see his first game action of the season tonight

  1. Rotation: Trey Burke will be back in the lineup tonight after serving a one-game suspension last Thursday for a violation of team rules and will certainly be starting over Spike Albrecht, whose play in the first exhibition game exceeded many observers’ expectations. Because this game doesn’t count in the record books, Beilein will probably try to get Albrecht some quality minutes again to prepare him for the regular season, but I wouldn’t expect more than 15-20. Burke needs to get minutes against a different opponent with his teammates both new and old to develop the chemistry that all great teams have. Watch for Beilein to play Burke, Glenn Robinson III, and Mitch McGary together on the court for long periods of time. Also pay close attention to the rotation at the two-guard spot. I expect Matt Vogrich to start again, but Nik Stauskas’s play has certainly spoken volumes, and a bigger lineup would likely see Tim Hardaway, Jr. slide down to the shooting guard spot.
  1. Shooting: The Wolverines, and notably the freshmen, got off to a hot start against Northern Michigan with their three-point shooting in particular, as Spike Albrecht, Nik Stauskas, and Glenn Robinson III combined to go 9-for-15 from behind the arc. Was this just a case of getting hot at the right time or will these freshmen continue to light it up from deep? Only time will tell, but with each passing game it will become more evident. Pay special attention to Vogrich, who struggled shooting the deep ball Thursday, going 0-for-4 from three-point land. If Stauskas continues to outshoot him, Beilein may shuffle up the lineup sooner than I thought.
  1. Defense: With the potential to play a bigger lineup this year, Michigan has some options on both ends of the court, and many expect to see significantly more zone defense being deployed by Beilein when a bigger squad is on the floor. Against Northern Michigan the Wolverines went to the 2-3 zone for a short stretch in the second half, but there wasn’t a whole lot more than that. Watch tonight to see if Beilein mixes up the calls a little bit more on the defensive end, and if so, which zones he plays. The 2-3 will likely be the most utilized zone defense we see this season, but Beilein always has the 1-3-1 in his back pocket as well, and with more length and athleticism, Michigan could be deadly in spurts by switching to the 1-3-1 at times. It certainly won’t be used often, but I think we will see it more than we have over the past couple of years.

Michigan hoops preview: Saginaw Valley State

Monday, November 5th, 2012


#5 Michigan v. Saginaw Valley State (exhibition)
Monday, Nov. 5
7pm ET
BTN.com
0-0 2011-12 Record 10-16 (6-13)
83 Points Per Game 69.6
47 Scoring Defense 72.7
27-for-63 (42.9%) Field Goal % 41.7%
19-for-59 (32.2%) Def. Field Goal % 45.6%
13-for-31 (41.9%) 3-point % 29.3%
6-for-20 (30.0%) Def. 3-point % 34.3%
16-for-26 (61.5%) Free Throw % 74.9%
16 Free Throws Made/Game 16.7
50 Rebounds Per Game 33.7
32 Opp. Reb. Per Game 37.0
17 Assists Per Game 11.5
8 Turnovers Per Game 11.4
4 Steals Per Game 6.0
2 Blocks Per Game 2.7
G – Nik Stauskas (17.0)
G – Spike Albrecht (16.0)
Leading Ret. Scorer G – Chris Webb (14.2)
G – Michael Fugate (8.1)
F – Jordan Morgan (12.0)
F – Mitch McGary (9.0)
Leading Ret. Rebounder F – Jay Thames (4.4)
F – Rob Clark (4.1)
*Michigan’s stats are from the first exhibition game this season

Michigan opened the renovated Crisler Center in style last Thursday with a 83-47 exhibition win over Northern Michigan. Tonight, the Wolverines are back in action in the final tune-up before the regular season starts. This time, it’s another GLIAC foe, Saginaw Valley State.

The Cardinals finished just one game better than Northern michigan in the GLIAC last season, with a 6-13 conference record and 10-16 overall. And while the leading scorer is back, the second and third leading scorers are both gone.

Chris Webb led the SVSU with 14.2 points per game last season and was picked as a Preseason All-GLIAC North First Team member heading into 2012-13. The senior guard had a season high of 28 against Northwood a year ago.

Fellow guard Michael Fugate averaged 8.1 points per game last season and made 42.1 percent of his three-point attempts. He has started 38 games over the past two years.

Head coach Randy Baruth is in his first season at SVSU after serving as Director of Player Development at Utah last season and Director of Basketball Operations at Colorado State before that. So while he doesn’t have head coaching experience, he has been around some decent programs.

Last Friday, John Beilein mixed and matched his lineups, even going with all five freshmen on the court at the same time at one point. While that didn’t last long, the freshman were impressive, as Nik Stauskas, Spike Albrecht, and Glenn Robinson III were the top three scorers in the game. Trey Burke missed the game due to a suspension, so expect him to see a lot of minutes tonight to get up to speed before the season officially kicks off on Friday.