Found December 20, 2011 on UM Hoops:
Evan Smotrycz Dominating the Defensive Glass Forget about the fact that Evan Smotrycz is making over half his threes, getting to the line more than twice as often as a season ago and improved his two point shooting percentage by 14 percent. It’s Smotrycz’s improvement on the glass that has been truly astounding. Calling Smotrycz’’s rebounding numbers a year ago “underwhelming” would be kind. They were disdainful for a player that stands 6-foot-9. The same Evan Smotrycz that rebounded like a guard a season ago is suddenly the second best defensive rebounder in the Big Ten. Rank Player Team Ht Wt Yr DR% 1 Jared Sullinger Ohio St. 6-9 280 So 33.3 2 Evan Smotrycz Michigan 6-9 235 So 23.4 3 Draymond Green Michigan St. 6-7 230 Sr 23 4 Meyers Leonard Illinois 7-1 245 So 22.9 5 Ryan Evans Wisconsin 6-6 210 Jr 21 *Removed Trevor Mbakwe (knee surgery) from the fifth slot. Perhaps the numbers are a mirage spawned by strong rebounding performances against subpar competition on...

Audio & Quotes: Matt Vogrich, Blake McLimans and Carlton Brundidge Before Bradley

The Michigan Athletic Department released audio from Matt Vogrich, Blake McLimans and Carlton Brundidge after practice this afternoon. The trio discussed the upcoming game against Bradley, peeked ahead to Big Ten play and also shared their holiday plans. Listen to the interviews in the embedded audio players below or read through the notable quotes. Matt Vogrich On rebounding and...

Audio & Quotes: John Beilein Previews Bradley

John Beilein addressed the media this afternoon to preview Michigan’s Thursday evening game against Bradley. The Michigan head coach discussed coaching against his son, the challenges Bradley poses and shared that Jon Horford’s injury may keep him out longer than originally anticipated. On preventing distractions from finals week and the holidays … "I think the whole...

U-M freshman Brundidge riding the learning curve

All Carlton Brundidge wanted was to be aggressive, just to feel the game. Michigan's freshman combo guard thought he was going to get a chance to play more in Saturday's game against Alabama A&M, but he didn't know how much.

Bradley-Michigan Preview

If 6-foot-9 forward Evan Smotrycz keeps shooting at this pace from 3-point range, Michigan could be an even more difficult team to defend when Big Ten play opens next week. Bradley would like to find some consistency from beyond the arc with the Missouri Valley Conference season approaching. The 20th-ranked Wolverines go for a season-high fifth consecutive win Thursday night when...

Five Key Plays: Alabama A&M at Michigan

1. Michigan’s 13-0 run to start the game Any doubts of Michigan coming out flat in what should be another easy win were squandered early in this one. After Alabama A&M scored the first bucket of the game, the Wolverines went on a 13-0 run to take a commanding lead and never really looked back. Burke started the run with a three from the top of the key, and Evan Smotrycz followed...
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