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Mailbag: Zak Irvin’s progression, Age, Defense

Dustin Johnston @zgordon5: What does Zak Irvin specifically need to work on the most to become “more than just a shooter”? Did he show that potential in HS? I guess more clearly: should we have a lot of optimism about Zak being able to truly be more than a shooter, or are there red flags? We’ve established that Irvin was ‘just a shooter’ last year after roughly three out...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin’s development critical to Michigan’s success

In the past three seasons, Michigan has sent five players to the NBA Draft before their eligibility expired and graduated three four-year starters. The Wolverines have also lost a handful of transfers. As a result, Michigan has had the youngest team in the Big Ten for the past two seasons and could be even younger this season. The Wolverines have also had the best offense in the...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan Basketball escapes Tennessee, moves on to Elite Eight

(Monumental exhale) It genuinely shocks me that there are not more sports related heart attacks reported. If ever there were a basketball game capable of inducing cardiac devastation matching only that of a Wendy’s Baconator, it was Friday’s Sweet Sixteen showdown between Michigan and Tennessee. The Wolverines held the reins for the majority of the game, maintaining a double...
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Zak Irvin’s unorthodox delivery gets results

Michigan fans have seen this from Zak Irvin before. The exaggerated elevation, the awkward — yet somehow smooth — release, the long arm holding its follow-through high in the air before falling in sync with the ball sailing through the net. They’ve seen this process repeated four, five and even six times in a single game this season. Six threes earlier this season against Coppin...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Zak Irvin Sparks Late Run in Win vs. Iowa

Freshman wing Zak Irvin has been huge all season for No. 21 Michigan with his timely shot making from deep. In Wednesday’s win over Iowa, it was Irvin’s hustle that made the biggest impact as the Wolverines held on against the Hawkeyes.
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Unveiling of Zak Irvin

Ladies and Gentlemen, Just in case you needed any more convincing, Zak Irvin showed up in a big way Friday vs. Coppin State. A 24-point outburst to the tune of 6-of-10 from behind the arc solidified the hype surrounding the 5-star freshman: Zak Irvin is the real deal, when he gets the minutes. Filling in for the injured Nik Stauskas, Irvin was finally able to perform to his lofty...
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Irvin scores 24, No. 22 Michigan rolls over Coppin State 87-45

Playing without leading scorer Nik Stauskas, No. 22 Michigan found plenty of offensive firepower to rout Coppin State 87-45 Friday. Freshman Zak Irvin matched his career-high of 10 points by halftime, when Michigan led 42-23, and brought the Crisler Center crowd to its feet by connecting on three consecutive 3-point baskets for a 63-31 lead with 13:24 left to play. The freshman...
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November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan basketball thrashes Coppin St., 87-45

Michigan basketball (5-2) was sent a ‘get well’ card courtesy of the schedule makers in the form of the Coppin St. Eagles (2-3). Michigan won by a final score of 87-45. My thoughts on Coppin are as follows: They’re short They don’t shoot well They aren’t good at defense And they’re uniforms are ugly Zak Irvin Now, about those Wolverines. They did what they needed to...
November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Zak Irvin does "the Terio" (Video)

Zak Irvin took his turn inside the pre-game circle before Michigan's victory Friday evening. The talented freshman showed that he is definitely more than just a shooter. He borrowed a dance from a youngster that is the latest YouTube phenomenon.
November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin picking up on defensive principles

It’s a well-known trope in college basketball that the most difficult concept for freshmen to grasp is defense. And for the majority of players, it’s true — adjusting to the speed of the college game can be difficult for even the most talented first-year players. But according to Michigan’s coaching staff, it appears the Wolverines have a couple of anomalies in freshmen Derrick...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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