Originally written on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 11/12/14
1) Michigan isn’t bothered by ‘havoc’ in opening minutes The first few minutes of this game were going to be key for both teams. If Michigan came out playing poorly at the start, as the Wolverines have been known to do at times, it would be bad news. If the VCU forced Michigan into some early turnovers resulting in easy basket, the Wolverines could have found themselves with a sizeable deficit before they had time to blink. This didn’t happen. Michigan came out of the locker room completely confident and chomping at the bit to play an uptempo style. Michigan owned the first three minutes and made six of its first seven shots of the game. VCU kicked off its full-court press attack by going man-to-man and doubling Burke without putting a defender on the inbounder. Tim Hardaway Jr. is inbounding, which allows him to serve as the primary ball handler. Hardaway and Nik Stauskas execute a simply give-and-go, and Michigan is on its way. The best way to make high-pressure defense pay is wi...
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