The numbers say that Michigan has played progressively slower basketball in every year since John Beilein arrived in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines were the nation’s 189th fastest team in Beilein’s first season, 2008, and rank 328th in adjusted tempo thus far this season. Through 11 games, Michigan is averaging roughly the same number of possessions per game as the most chided slow paced team in the country, Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers.
Despite what the tempo statistics say, something about Michigan’s slow tempo doesn’t add up. Listen to any pundit, announcer, opposing coach or analyst and you’ll hear them rave about Michigan’s transition offense. And they aren’t wrong; Michigan’s transition offense has been extremely effective. Although the tempo statistics don’t show a significant increase from year’s past, even casual spectators can see that this team has been more effective pushing the ball and scoring in transition. What gives? We take a closer look.
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