Originally written on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 10/23/14
1) Penn State scores at will in the post during the first half While the argument could be made that Michigan’s defense was better than the numbers bear out for this game, no one would argue that the Wolverines played good defense in the game’s first four minutes. Four of Penn State’s six baskets within the first four and a half minutes of game action came in the paint, and in a remarkably easy fashion. As we can see in the video clips above, Penn State was exceedingly patient in their offensive sets, using off-ball screens exceptionally. In the first play, Nick Colella sets an off-ball screen for Travis Ross, guarded by Glenn Robinson III. Ross uses the screen and cuts to the basket, in the process keeping Robinson behind him with a great seal. Jermaine Marshall gets him the ball at the last possible second and the result is a layup. The tremendous use of the screen, combined with the individual effort of Ross, made that play happen. On the last play of the sequence, Penn State’s ...
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