Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Michigan basketball has found the opening rounds of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament to be quite friendly. The Wolverines ambushed Cleveland State to the tune of a 42-14 halftime lead and ultimately won by a final score of 77-47. Michigan used a balanced and unselfish attack to impose their will upon a young Vikings squad. Jordan Morgan So far in the early going Michigan has been extremely efficient shooting the basketball. They have scored inside and out. The addition of Nik Stauskas and his ability to stretch the defense is going to cause opposing coaches many a headache as they prepare to play Michigan this year. Overall, the Wolverines shot 30-59 (51%) from the floor and 9-24 (38%) from long range. Perhaps most impressively, this new look Michigan squad out-rebounded CSU 45-27. That’s a stat we haven’t been able to type in quite a few years. Near the end of the game John Beilein went with a lineup on that court that included Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford at the same time. Many fans wondered in the preseason if Michigan would use a double-post look. The blowout scenario was a great time for Beilein to test it out. Michigan didn’t look great in this sequence but it was a start. Player notes: If you were to identify one clear leader (a preseason point of interest) on this team, it would have to be Tim Hardaway, Jr. He has the look of a veteran presence on the floor who is playing for his team. He scored a game-high 17 points on 7-12 shooting (3-6 from deep) yet still found time to dish out 4 assists and remained active on the boards with 6 rebounds. Mitch McGary had a really nice run at the end of the 1st half. Despite his massive size, he is a gifted athlete who can finish in a variety of ways near the rim and chew up defensive rebounds with ease. Expect moments of solid play from him this year sprinkled in with some games where he doesn’t really get it going. The future is definitely bright for McGary though. He finished the night with 6 points and 9 boards (3 offensive). Nik Stauskas is as advertised from a shooting perspective. But it’s his all-around game that has impressed in the early going. He is active on the glass and isn’t afraid to take the ball into the lane for a layup or a dump-off to a teammate. He poured in 15 points tonight on 5-6 shooting (3-4 on 3′s) and corralled 6 rebounds to boot. Trey Burke was only 1-4 from 3-point range in this one but finished with 12 points, 7 assists, and 4 boards. He was in total command and looks every bit the part of one of the nation’s elite point guards. Glenn Robinson III was just 2-7 from the floor but managed 8 points, 7 boards, and 2 assists. He will continue to stuff the stat sheet all season long. Michigan gets the winner of the Pitt-Lehigh matchup next week at the famed Madison Square Garden in the semifinals of this tourney.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Five bubble teams playing well heading into March

Falcons release Steven Jackson

Bill Walton has some words of advice for Derrick Rose

Five under-the-radar National Player of the Year candidates

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Judge overturns Peterson suspension; NFL to appeal

Dez Bryant's mother in 2012: Dez threatened to knock me out

Full offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

Brandon Bostick received death threats after botched play

Ex-Louisville player charged with rape, sodomy

Hank Aaron 'rooting' for Alex Rodriguez to succeed in return

Blue Jays OF tears meniscus in freak sprinkler accident

Are the Kings willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins?

Johan Santana signed by Blue Jays to minor league deal

Leafs trade David Clarkson to Blue Jackets For Nathan Horton

Panthers acquire Jaromir Jagr from Devils

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

HBO picks up The Rock’s football series, ‘Ballers’

The key offseason moves for every MLB team

Giancarlo Stanton gets first-ever customized facemask

Ronda Rousey, Arianny Celeste have verbal sparring match

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The many parallels of Derrick Rose and Penny Hardaway

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Judge rules against AP's suspension

Why the Lions should let Suh walk

Chris Jones charged with rape, sodomy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.