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The Detroit Sports Site:
The Michigan Wolverines let a chance to share the Big Ten regular-season title slip through their fingers in heartbreaking fashion last Sunday, as they blew a five-point lead late and lost to Indiana.
Starting Thursday afternoon, Michigan gets a shot at redemption.
The Wolverines are the No. 5 seed for what promises to be a sensational Big Ten Tournament, with an opening-round matchup against the pesky Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State, as you no doubt remember, pulled off a shocking upset of Michigan just a few weeks ago.
What’s in store for this battle? We take a look:
How Michigan Can Win: Play some defense.
The Wolverines allowed 71 points to the Nittany Lions in a tough home win, then gave up an inexplicable 84 points during that stunner in State College. Simply put, that’s unacceptable against a Penn State team that finished the regular season ranked 299th in the country in points scored.
Penn State’s guards have given the Wolverines trouble, especially by shaking free off high screen-and-roll plays. Michigan needs to be a lot more consistent at forcing those guards to get rid of the ball — if that’s the strategy — or rotating hard to prevent layups and open threes.
How Penn State Can Win: Heat Up From Outside.
Penn State connected on 50 percent (10-for-20) of its 3-pointers in its February win over Michigan and nailed several clutch outside shots during a rally from 15 back. The Nittany Lions will need to replicate that type of success to keep pace with the Wolverines’ offense — Penn State is not a terrific defense team, either.
Jermaine Marshall hit six of those 10 3-pointers. He’s Penn State’s most dangerous offensive weapon.
The X-Factor: Mitch McGary.
McGary played just eight minutes in these teams’ last meeting, as John Beilein apparently opted for other options on defense. But the Wolverines continue to thrive when McGary’s on the court and playing well — his energy and ability to crash the boards make him invaluable. Will he see more playing time on Thursday?
Prediction: This is a scary matchup for Michigan for a number of reasons — Penn State has nothing to lose, confidence it can take down the Maize and Blue, and Michigan itself is just a few days removed from a crushing loss.
This is also a matchup that pits a top-10 team against the Big Ten’s worst squad. While Penn State might keep it close and find a way to put some points up again, Michigan should be able to pull away this time.
Michigan 81, Penn State 66
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With 14:12 left to play in the first half of its first-round match-up against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament, Michigan found itself down 14-3. The Wolverines were letting the Nittany Lions score at will in the paint, and they were unable to convert layups of their own. They needed a boost, desperately.
Enter: Mitch McGary.
Michigan’s freshman spark plug went to work immediately...
Michigan big men Jordan Morgan and Mitch McGary discuss the loss to Wisconsin, the poor performance defensively, and how Morgan can help lead the team past defeat.
Michigan’s locker room was open after the Wolverines’ 83-66 victory over Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. We caught up with a bunch of players as well as Michigan assistant coach Lavall Jordan to talk about the defensive adjustments made in the second half, the contribution of Michigan’s back-up big men, and much more. You can watch using the embedded...
GoBlueWolverine's Andre Barthwell and Kyle Bogenschutz recap Michigan's Big Ten Tournament opening round win over Penn State, the play of Mitch McGary, closing the door on the Nittany Lions, and look ahead to a tough Wisconsin team that beat the Wolverines on heart breaking fashion earlier in the year.
Thanks to Mitch McGary’s spark-plug effort, the Michigan Wolverines dodged another Penn State landmine in Round 1 of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Their reward for winning: a matchup with the always-tough Wisconsin Badgers.
Michigan lost a heartbreaker in Madison on Feb. 9, as Ben Brust drained a half-court shot to force overtime. That setback was the third of six that the...
Michigan’s big men, along with Nik Stauskas, were also available to speak with media following Michigan’s second-round Big Ten tournament exit. You can watch all four interviews using the embedded media players below.
Stauskas, Morgan and Horford after the jump.
Michigan assitant Bacari Alexander reflects upon Michigan's 83-66 victory over Penn State in the opening round of the Big 10 tournament. In his postgame chat with GoBlueWolverine he discussed the strong pkay of Mitch McGary and Jon Horford, the defensive improvement from the first half to the second half, and the keys to today's match-up with Wisconsin.
John Beilein, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitch McGary took the podium at the United Center after Michigan’s Thursday afternoon win over the Nittany Lions. Read the post-game press conference in the following transcript.
JOHN BEILEIN: Really proud of this team. From the way they — we had a really disappointing loss on Saturday. Bouncing back is always a difficult...
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People in Chicago call the United Center the Madhouse on Madison. On Day 1 of the Big Ten Tournament, it certainly lived up to the billing.
In the first game, Illinois defeated Minnesota 51-49 on a Brandon Paul buzzer beater that sent the orange-clad Illini fans in the United Center into a frenzy. Neither team shot particularly well for the game, but...
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...