Notes and observations from Michigan Basketball’s scrimmage with Wayne State. The Wolverines pulled out a 47-39 victory and the game was as out of sync as the score indicates. Only 4 Michigan players scored and they turned the ball over 14 times. Stu Douglass attributed Michigan’s clunky play to the team learning new roles and experimenting with different line ups. Tim Hardaway Jr. led U-M with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Trey Burke tallied 7 points, 4 assists and 2 boards. Zack Novak scored 14, nabbed 2 steals, and drew at least 2 charges.
The starting 5
Tim Hardaway Jr.
It took Novak less than 3 minutes to draw his first charge.
The first subs in for Michigan were Trey Burke and Jordan Morgan. Burke’s entrance into the game immediately energized the offense with his quickness.
Carlton Brundidge notched steals on back-to-back plays in the first half, but only logged 2 minutes of PT.
Michigan finished the first half with a 25-14 lead. They were a little tight and as a result missed a lot of open shots. Zack Novak looked really comfortable out there and was doing all the things he usually does. Trey Burke chipped in 5 points including an effortless three-ball that was as pure as they get.
Evan Smotrycz was 0 for the night, going 0-5 front the field and 0-2 from the free throw line.
It took almost a full 3 minutes for Michigan to score their first points of the second half. Those points were provided by Tim Hardaway Jr.
Trey Burke running the fast break off a turnover floated an absolutely perfect lob pass to Hardaway Jr. for an alley oop.
The Wolverines continued to look out of whack during the first 9 minutes of the second half. A lot of missed shots, missed free throws and too many turnovers.
Trey Burke drew a 5 second violation with some in your face defense while Michigan was nursing a 4 points lead (31-27). This play sparked Michigan’s run that secured the victory.
Hardaway Jr. stepped it up late in the 2nd half and played with a sense of urgency to help carry the team to a win.
Burke definitely provided a spark. He along with Hardaway Jr. lifted U-M in the second half. One of many highlights for the freshman point guard was when he penetrated and dished to Horford for a dunk.
What they said after the game
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