Figured we could morph these two games into one thread. Couple thoughts…
Two straight games in the mid 70s for possessions. Probably more due to turnovers that wouldn’t happen against better teams leading to fast breaks, but hey, it’s something.
This brings me to the fact that this was one of the worst teams I’ve ever seen in person. My brother and I legitimately thought some of them were joking around with absurd free throw form in response to the score. They were dribbling off their feet, tripping over themselves, it was a mess. I’m glad we could use it to get some solid playing time out of the end of the bench.
Yes they were awful, but the 0.64 ppp was the 5th best defensive efficiency Beilein has had at Michigan. It was the fourth highest turnover rate one of his teams has forced here. Not bad (stats were from kenpom).
Some individual player thoughts… Good to see Duncan shoot it well, hopefully that opens up some stuff inside in the future. Matthews did exactly what the go to player should do against a team like that and it was beautiful to watch. Teske’s disruption purely from his size cannot be overstated. Livers was getting the same shots as before, they just went in this time. It was bound to start happening, hopefully it continues. He continues to be a good rebounder and passer. Simmons missed all his shots but I thought he looked better than before in his limited minutes. He had a couple great passes.