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Michigan 100 – Slippery Rock 62: Hardaway’s hot hand lifts Michigan

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Final 1st 2nd Total
#5 Michigan 44 56 100
Slippery Rock 30 32 62

Just one game into a season filled with expectations for the Michigan Wolverines’ fifth-ranked basketball team, Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Trey Burke showed that they are up to the task in a 100-62 romp of Division II Slippery Rock. Whether or not Michigan’s tradition of announcing Slippery Rock football scores in the Big House had anything to do with the matchup was beside the point as Michigan cruised to victory behind the veterans in their only game before the NIT Preseason Tournament starts this coming Monday against the IUPUI Jaguars.

After a bit of a shaky start that saw the lead bounce back and forth early on, the Wolverines pulled away in the first half and never looked back. Hardaway, Jr. seemed to come out of the gates looking to prove himself early and often, and he did just that, pouring in 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting (5-of-5 3-pt) and grabbing 10 rebounds as he eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his college career.

Tim Hardaway Jr had the touch on Friday night (photo by the Ann Arbor News)

Michigan led by a comfortable 14 points at the half, but Trey Burke and a couple others seemed to be moving a little bit too fast, forcing a couple plays, and turning the ball over too often. Hardaway, Jr. was the only Wolverine to hit double digits by the half as John Beilein went with the same starting lineup as he did in the two exhibition games.

In the second half, the game got out of hand fast as Hardaway, Jr. threw down an incredible one-handed slam right in the middle of the paint and followed it up with two straight three-pointers, including an and-one from behind the arc that he failed to convert into a four-point play.

Of the freshmen, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary were most impressive, but Nik Stauskas showed some flashes of potential as well despite playing with an injured back. The Canadian made one of his two three-point attempts and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line to finish with seven points in 18 minutes. He did a good job of looking to create for himself, drawing two fouls in the process.

Tre Robinson was once again fairly quiet on both ends of the ball but still managed to put up 10 points (5-of-7 FG) and eight rebounds in 32 minutes, a clear statement that he will be seeing starter minutes all season long. McGary started to turn it on late after finding himself in foul trouble throughout the majority of the game, recording a couple thunderous dunks (one a well-timed put-back) on his way to nine points and scrapping for nine rebounds in just 12 minutes of playing time, an incredibly productive game considering his time on the court.

Overall, Michigan was strong on the boards, rebounding 37.9 percent of their own misses and 70 percent of Slippery Rock’s, despite going with a mostly-small lineup throughout the game.

Jon Horford saw limited action, but was fairly impressive in his eight minutes, recording eight points, one assist, one rebound, and one block. A completely healthy Horford may be a good bet to displace Jordan Morgan in the starting lineup, as the redshirt junior recorded only four points, one rebound, one assist, and one block in 18 minutes. The big man rotation is certainly something to watch going forward.

In the end, the shooting difference was all-too-evident, with Michigan shooting an uncanny 63.2 percent from downtown and 57.6 percent from the field and Slippery Rock managing only 28.6 percent and 36.9 percent, respectively, in those categories.

The Wolverines assisted exactly half of their 38 makes, with Burke leading the way with eight dimes. Beilein can live with the nine turnovers his team coughed up, but Trey will need to cut down on his five. Burke seemed to be out of sorts in the first 20 minutes, but the second half was a completely different story, as he seemed to score at will, showing off a killer mid-range game and a lethal stop-and-go hesitation move that seems to be a new development this season.

Matt Vogrich did well to kick off his senior season with a very efficient eight points on 3-of-4 shooting overall and 2-of-3 from downtown while also grabbing three boards and handing out an assist.

Going forward, I don’t expect the starting lineup to change in the near future. Horford and McGary should see more minutes in the NIT Preseason tournament and the two-big offense should be more prominent, but there were not a ton of weaknesses the Wolverines showed in their debut. Beilein will certainly see plenty to improve on, but this is exactly the kind of performance a top-five team is expected to have. In recent seasons, the early non-conference games weren’t always sure things for Michigan, but it seems as if this team may be too talented for that to be the case this year.

Tim Hardaway, Jr.’s big game could be a great sign for the junior, and if the rest of the team continues to light the nets on fire, there are few teams in the country that can stop Michigan.

Final Game Stats
01 Glenn Robinson III* 5-7 0-0 0-0 2 6 8 0 10 2 1 0 0 32
52 Jordan Morgan* 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 0 18
03 Trey Burke* 9-17 2-5 1-2 1 1 2 1 21 8 5 0 1 33
10 Tim Hardaway Jr* 8-10 5-5 4-6 1 9 10 2 25 3 2 0 1 31
13 Matt Vogrich* 3-4 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 8 1 0 0 0 20
02 Spike Albrecht 1-5 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 2 0 0 1 10
04 Mitch McGary 4-8 0-0 1-2 4 5 9 3 9 0 0 0 1 12
05 Eso Akunne 2-3 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 5 0 0 0 0 4
11 Nik Stauskas 1-2 1-2 4-4 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 18
15 Jon Horford 1-4 0-0 2-3 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 0 8
20 Josh Bartelstein 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
22 Blake McLimans 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 1 6
32 Corey Person 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
44 Max Bielfeldt 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 4
Totals 38-66 12-19 12-19 13 29 42 12 100 19 9 3 5 200
Slippery Rock 24-65 6-21 8-14 13 18 31 15 62 10 12 4 4 200

Michigan vs Slippery Rock quick thoughts

Friday, November 9th, 2012

After seven-and-a-half long months of waiting, the Michigan basketball season finally begins tonight as the Wolverines welcome the Rockets of Division II Slippery Rock to the newly-renovated Crisler Center. Because Slippery Rock is not in Division I, this game will technically not count in Michigan’s RPI or Strength of Schedule calculations at the end of the season, but anything less than a blowout win would be cause for concern for the fifth-ranked team in the country. It is simply imperative that John Beilein’s team gets off to a fast start this year if the program expects to compete in the Big Ten. With that in mind, here are a few things to pay special attention to in the season opener:

How well will Jon Horford return from injury? (photo by the Detroit News)

  1. Jon Horford: The redshirt sophomore big man should be good to go after Beilein said that he expected him to be “full-go” for tonight earlier this week, but Horford’s past injury problems are cause for concern. A healthy Horford is a trendy pick to break out in the Big Ten, but an injured Horford sitting on the bench won’t do much to help in the blocks and rebounds departments like he is capable of doing. Expect to see Horford play about 10-15 minutes based on how he is feeling and look for him to record at least two blocks in that time.
  1. Big-man rotation: This point goes hand-in-hand with Horford’s status, but also deserves special mention because of Michigan’s added size and depth down low. Horford’s addition should mean more two-big lineups, but if that is not working out for whatever reason, one of Jordan Morgan, Mitch McGary, and Horford will have their minutes severely limited. Expect Morgan to start while McGary and Horford should follow closely off the bench to replace the four and five at times.
  1. Starting Lineup and Rotation: Simply put, John Beilein has never had so much depth at every position in his career. This Michigan team has the talent and the personnel to comfortably go two-deep at every position, but as we’ve seen in the past, Beilein generally likes to keep his rotation under 10 players. I expect nine guys to get significant burn on the court (eight-plus minutes per game), but that still means that a handful of players will be fighting for few minutes. Beilein will likely stick with his starting lineup of Burke-Hardaway, Jr.-Vogrich-Robinson III-Morgan from the Saginaw Valley State game, but the substitutions will be very interesting. It seems to me that Nik Stauskas will come in to replace Vogrich (or Hardaway in the case of foul trouble) early on with McGary checking in for either Robinson III or Morgan as Beilein sees fit. Spike Albrecht will see spot minutes while Burke rests and Horford will find a spot in the big-man rotation, but just how much everyone plays will be very interesting early on as Beilein finds the right combinations and starts to substitute the same guys consistently.
  1. Style of Play: Everyone knows that John Beilein’s preferred lineup is four guards or wings and one big man so that the floor can be spread and his shooters can get open shots. With more size and talent down low this season, however, Beilein has openly stated that he will be working with different lineups and different styles of play throughout the year, probably depending on how his players work together and how the styles work against individual teams. A bigger lineup would potentially mean more emphasis on offensive rebounding, interior defense, and inside scoring while a smaller lineup would signal spreading the floor, getting back on defense, pushing the fast break, and shooting a lot. Make no mistake about it, however: no matter who is on the floor, Michigan is still going to shoot a lot of threes, send at least two guys back after a shot to eliminate fast breaks, and protect the basketball on offense, all staples of Beilein teams. When all is said and done I think we will see almost equal minutes of Glenn Robinson III and a big man at the four position, but it will be interesting to see when, why, and how often Beilein switches up the style throughout the year.

Michigan hoops preview: Slippery Rock

Friday, November 9th, 2012

#5 Michigan v. Slippery Rock
Friday, Nov. 9
8:30pm ET
24-10 2011-12 Record 17-10
79.5 Points Per Game 79
47.5 Scoring Defense 56
56-for-114 (49.1%) Field Goal % 29-for-56 (51.8%)
37-for-103 (35.9%) Def. Field Goal % 19-for-66 (28.8%)
24-for-58 (41.4%) 3-point % 5-for-17 (29.4%)
16-for-40 (40.0%) Def. 3-point % 6-for-23 (26.1%)
23-for-40 (57.5%) Free Throw % 16-for-26 (61.5%)
11.5 FT Made/Game 16
42 Rebounds Per Game 47
25 Opp. Reb. Per Game 42
20 Assists Per Game 11
7.5 Turnovers Per Game 16
5 Steals Per Game 3
3 Blocks Per Game 4
G – Trey Burke (16.0)
F – Glenn Robinson III (15.0)
Leading Scorer F – Tabari Perry (18)
G – John Bayardelle (14)
F – Jordan Morgan (9.5)
F – Mitch McGary (9.5)
Leading Rebounder F – Devin Taylor (13)
C – Luiz Santos (10)
*Michigan’s stats are from the two exhibition games this season
*Slippery Rock’s stats are from one exhibition game this season

After a pair of exhibition matches against Division II schools in the past week, Michigan finally gets to open the season tonight in the Crisler Center. Another Division II foe comes to town, but this time it’s none other than the school we all cheer for on Saturdays when their scores are announced in the Big House: Slippery Rock.

Just because they’re not a Division I squad doesn’t mean Michigan can take The Rock lightly. Four starters return from last season’s 17-10 team. They’re picked to finish second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division this season behind Indiana (Pa.).

The Rock are led by senior forward Devin Taylor, who averaged a team-high 13.5 points and PSAC high 9.8 rebounds per game last season. Junior forward Tabari Perry averaged 9.5 points and seven rebounds per game. Both were 2011 All-PSAC-West second-team selections.

Point guard Aubin Reeves also returns, after finishing second on the team in scoring last season with an average of 9.6 points. Luiz Santos, a 6’10” center from Sao Paulo, Brazil averaged 6.5 points and tied Perry for second on the team with seven rebounds a game, while senior guard John Bayardelle averaged 7.5 points off the bench.

Perhaps the best player on the team is a newcomer, transfer Gerald Brooks. The senior forward isn’t eligible to play until Dec. 18 because of his transfer from conference rival Indiana (Pa.), but he was selected to the Basketball Times NCAA Division II Pre-Season All-America list. He averaged 15.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season.

Guard Jermaine Edwards transfered from Barry University, where he started, while forward Darious Clark transfered from Division I’s Illinois State. He played in 14 games for the Redbirds who played in the NIT.

As you can see, this is a team that has a lot of talent despite being at the Division II level. In their first exhibition game on Sunday, Slipper Rock beat Navy 79-56. Perry scored 18 and Bayardelle added 14. Two players, Taylor and Santos recorded double-doubles (13 points and 13 rebounds for Taylor, 10 and 10 for Santos). Before you get worried, realize that Navy went just 3-26 last season.

Michigan’s “fresh five” got their feet wet against Northern Michigan and Saginaw Valley and now will get their first test that actually counts. Stay tuned for Sam’s quick thoughts later this afternoon.