Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 3/8/13
Dustin Johnston Much of the focus on Michigan this season has revolved around the Wolverines tremendous transition offense, Trey Burke’s player of the year resume and the talented crop of freshmen that John Beilein brought to Ann Arbor. Or, more recently, Michigan’s floundering defensive mettle. Out-of-bounds plays and after timeout situations can feel mundane when compared to transition offense or gaudy statistics but they are far from insignificant. While they aren’t the most prevalent scenarios by any means – 8% of Michigan’s logged half court possessions in Synergy Sports are baseline out of bounds plays, 5% are sideline out of bounds plays and 22% originate after a timeout – but they can be vitally important. Big Ten teams average 5.4 possessions sideline or baseline out of bounds plays per game. That’s not enough to impact every game but it is enough to make a difference in close games. Michigan’s execution out of deadball scenarios has been criticized from time to time but cr...
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