Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 11/22/11
1. Trey Burke’s block to end the first half With Michigan on a 10-0 run, Memphis was in serious need of a bucket before the end of the half. With 25 seconds remaining, Memphis is content to let the clock wind down all the way to four seconds. But for Michigan, the most important moment of this play came with 11 seconds to go. As Wesley Witherspoon prepares to screen Douglass, who’s guarding Joe Jackson with the ball, Trey Burke alerts Evan Smotrycz to switch. Because of this heads up play, when Witherspoon does set the pick Burke is allowed to switch onto Jackson rather than Smotrycz. You can bet John Beilein knew this, and that’s exactly the way he had told Michigan to play the high ball screen in practice and in the huddle. Now, after the screen, Burke quickly picks up Jackson with time winding down and finishes the play with a beautiful block to end the second half and preserve Michigan’s momentum. Things got a little testy after the play as well when Zack Novak confronts Will Ba...
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