Saturday, January 17, 2009

Observations from Michigan/Ohio State

At least our jerseys looked good (AP Photo)

Michigan fell 65-58 to the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes. This loss hurt. A lot. The Wolverines charged ahead early in the second half after being behind for the entirety of the game, but Ohio State finished the game on a 25-14 run. A few thoughts from the game:
  • Manny was the main bright spot, with a stat line of 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. He hit a couple of ridiculous threes at critical moments, and sparked Michigan's run to the lead in the late first and early second half.
  • LLP completely disappeared. He had a layup on an aggressive drive to the basket four minutes into the game, and never scored again. Harris and Sims needed help, and LLP couldn't deliver tonight.
  • Speaking of Sims, he finished with 10 points on 4-13 shooting, but his off-night seemed more the product of bad luck than poor shot selection. He did a great job of getting into the middle of the Buckeye zone, but his shots just seemed to always rattle out. I thought he did an admirable job of not getting discouraged and continuing to look for his shot.
  • From what I could tell, Michigan went away from the 1-3-1 after it was continually abused inside. OSU was able to lob the ball to their bigs right over the zone, and Kelvin Grady wasn't going to stop B.J. Mullens from dunking. I thought the second-half defensive adjustments worked relatively well.
  • It was good to see Stu Douglass hit a rhythm (4-9 shooting, all from three, for 12 points), although he still has a tendency to jack up NBA-range threes when they aren't necessary.
  • Zack Novak, once again, was all over rebounds and loose balls. I love watching the guy play, even when he's not putting up big numbers.
  • The 1989 National Championship team was honored at halftime, and Michigan played in '89 throwback jerseys. I thought they looked really sharp.
  • Anyone else think LLP kinda looks like a thinner Biggie Smalls?
Michigan plays Tuesday at Penn State.

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