Found February 24, 2013 on
Tim Hardaway Jr
Glenn Robinson III
Penn State Nittany Lions
Ohio State Buckeyes
Much of the discussion over the last two weeks has revolved around Michigan’s difficult schedule, tired legs, youth, and the proverbial freshman wall. But the problem was far more severe than any of those issues. The problem was confidence.
Michigan reached No. 1 by playing a brand of basketball that was spirited and fun to watch; extra passes, open shots and easy dunks were the norm. Michigan took the floor with confidence every night, played its game, played it well, and eventually overwhelmed its opponents with its offensive efficiency. After opening February with three losses in four games, the Wolverines began to let doubt creep in. Every movement offensively was calculated and every defensive rotation was just a second late. That doubt manifested itself ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Michigan basketball (23-4, 10-4) sorely needed a convincing win. To have to get it against an Illinois team (20-9, 7-8) that won 5 straight games and was playing with a ton of confidence was a tall order, but they got it. Michigan used a dominant 2nd half to get the 71-58 win.
How They Won
The Wolverines started off slow on defense giving up 11 quick points before the...
Michigan center Jordan Morgan made a big impact in his first extended time since spraining his ankle at Illinois nearly a month ago. With four games left, the redshirt junior will be key to the Wolverines success.
Jordan Morgan, Trey Burke and Caris LeVert all faced the media after Michigan’s 13 point win over Illinois. Burke was dominant statistically while Caris LeVert provided a scoring lift off of the bench. However it was Jordan Morgan that held things together in the middle with a steady defensive performance.
Burke and LeVert after the jump.
John Beilein addressed the media during the post-game press conference following Michigan’s 71-58 win over Illinois at the Crisler Center on Sunday. You can watch using the embedded media player below or read notes and quotes after the jump.
Opening statement: “I was thrilled with that second half that we played today. As you can see, Illinois coming in with a win against...
John Beilein joined the rest of the Big Ten coaches for a teleconference Monday morning. He touched on how his team has gotten back on track since struggling over the past month, the consequences for turnovers in practice and more. You can read notes and quotes below.
Opening statement: "I really like the way we played yesterday against a really good Illinois team. They’d...
GoBlueWolverine's Andre Barthwell and Kyle Bogenschutz hit the Crisler Center floor to recap Michigan's 71-58 win over Illinois Sunday afternoon, the play of freshman guard Caris LeVert, the reinsertion of center Jordan Morgan -- are the Wolverines finding their way once again?
By most measures, Glenn Robinson III has had a very successful freshman season. The young forward is great at using his elite athleticism and high basketball IQ to score with extreme efficiency, mostly through cuts to the basket, put backs off of offensive rebounds and opportunities in transition.
Like all freshmen, Robinson has experienced his ups and downs – part...
It took Michigan 20 minutes to wake up on Sunday afternoon but the Wolverines finally began to resemble the team that cruised through the first 21 games of the season with just one loss.
In the first half, Illinois dominated the offensive glass, grabbing eight offensive boards for 13 second chance points, while uncharacteristic turnovers bogged down a usually efficient Wolverine...
Michigan trailed by 3 at the half, but Trey Burke, who had 26 points and 8 assists, led a 2nd half Michigan spurt that put the Illini in the rear view mirror.
Michigan hosts Illinois on Sunday afternoon after a week off and hopes to regain its early season form before a critical stretch run. Dan Dakich and Bob Wischusen will be on the call for ESPN with tip off scheduled for 1:02 p.m.
Join in the discussion below before, during and after the game to share your thoughts, predictions and observations.
1) Steal by Jordan Morgan leads to a run out and Glenn Robinson III dunk
I want to point out something that may seem insignificant but is exactly the reason why Michigan has missed Jordan Morgan so badly. Look at Morgan’s defensive possession at the beginning of this play. Tracy Abrams receives the handoff from Nnanna Egwu at the top of the key. Morgan hedges some, but not much...
In his weekly appearance on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA the Wolverines headman discussed his team's recent victory over Illinois, the defensive improvement, the measures he has taken to get the team back to playing good defense, to get them playing tougher, and to continue growing their rebounding proficiency, Jordan Morgan's health, Penn State, and more.
Click to view Big Ten Efficiency Margin Table
Indiana is the class of the Big Ten – both in the record column and in the efficiency margin column. The Hoosiers picked up a pivotal win at Michigan State and control their own destiny with a two game lead over the rest of the league. Wins are Minnesota and against Iowa this week could lock down at least a share of the Big Ten crown...