Thursday, November 6, 2008

Michigan 81 Saginaw Valley State 55

Some quick thoughts on the game from earlier tonight:

-Michigan looked much more energetic in the 2nd half (trailed by as much as 7 in the 1st half).
-The game seemed to turn around when Michigan switched to the 1-3-1 zone at the end of the first half.
-I was very impressed with Stu Douglass and Nick Novak.  Their ability to shoot from the perimeter should provide much more space for Manny Harris.
-Speaking of Harris, he looked more like himself in the 2nd half, after a quiet 2 point 1st half performance.
-Granted it was against a Division II school, but DeShawn Sims and Zach Gibson played more physical, at times closer to the basket.
-I would red shirt Ben Cronin.  He played the final 4 minutes and was noticeably limping.
-Rebounding remains a huge problem (out-rebounded 39-34).
-Free throw shooting needs to improve, just 22 of 37 tonight.
-The game was officiated very inconsistently.  SVSU was called for their 7th team foul inside the final 30 seconds of the 1st half.  In the 2nd half, both teams were in the penalty before the 12 minute mark.
-Michigan officially opens their season against Michigan Tech at 7pm on Tuesday night at Crisler.


Anonymous said...

Zach Gibson did NOT play more physical next to the basket. If he had, he would have put up 10 more points.

Matt Boyer said...

Offensively, I agree. But I actually thought he was pretty physical on defense. We'll see if that trend continues.