Will Michigan's "three point defense" improve?


#207

They were trying to deny Blackmon the ball, especially early in the shot clock. IU usually had run an action or two to get Blackmon the ball in any kind of favorable position.


#208

They both played a heck of a game overall. Different confidence to them tonight then we’ve seen previously. MAAR took two charges I believe too, albeit not traditional ones


#209

And Dwalt attacked the basket! Like a lot! He even got hammered, and then continued to attack with aplomb.


#210

I was about to ask about that. I saw Walton shot well from inside the arc. Mostly mid ranges or at the rim?


#211

BOTH. It was crazy, man. He made some corner jumpers early, then feigned them to get to the hoop, through contact. Sure, it was IU contact, but still. And Bryant was lurking


#212

That reverse layup in the second half was a beauty. He wasn’t gunshy tonight, that’s for sure. Took some confident jumpers that first half


#213

I’ve been especially critical of Walton this year. That would be so great for him if he turned a corner.


#214

He just looked so confident, could see it in his body control. He has never struggled to get enough elevation at the hoop, but he usually seems more concerned with guarding himself, rather than prioritizing keeping his eyes on the rim and his body appropriately angled. Not tonight


#215

Absolutely agree. I can tell he called that team meeting and taking it upon himself to back up his words. Very different player since that happened.


#216

Tonight’s Walton was the Walton that @umhoops has been saying, for the last two years, has the potential to be the best player/star on the team. Not trying to say that’s who he is, now. But Dylan was right about the potential.


#217

For the last 4 years, Walton has been the only player on the team with enough lateral agility to stay in front of upper tier B10 guards. Sure, he’s going to get bullied to the rim at times, but he can definitely move his feet. The last 2 years his effort hasn’t been what it needs to be. I think part of that has to do with the losing and the other part is that he knows the backside rotations are non-existent. Hopefully he can get back to being a defensive plus


#218

Couldn’t agree more. Thought the ND game, last year, made that clear: it showed what he could do when he was engaged/when the game means something. Hope he can maintain this level of intensity, it’d be great to have a legit plus defender–probably the first since jMo


#219

FYI I think I was wrong, I think MAAR checked Blackmon the most tonight


#220

The final 10 minutes was all MAAR I believe.


#221

Yeah my fault earlier, MAAR did an outstanding job


#222

The good news is that donnal has 5 fouls to give against ward.


#223

Matt McQuaid, shooting 32% on the season from three was 3-3 from deep


#224

To be fair, he was WIDE open. But Winston’s prayer that fell into Bridges’ lap and Nairn’s prayer that banked in basically fall under the same infuriating category


#225

At least 2 of those were Irvin doing that infuriating soft help on a post up where he does nothing to actually add resistance yet allows himself to lose sight of his man. I think the other one was just a blown assignment on a fast break.


#226

Yupp. Zak needs to forget about this game (DJ too, really), luckily he has a week to. Still think, removed from the Breslin atmosphere, we can hang a double digit win on them in AA.