The (#20) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played one game last week, and they won it, to improve their record to 7-2 on the season. On Saturday (12/10/2011) they beat Oakland University, 90-80, at The Palace Of Auburn Hills. Hence, the Oakland (Raiders)/Al Davis quote in the headline.
The (#14) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played two games last week, and they won one and lost one, to move to 6-2 on the season. On Tuesday (11/29/2011) they lost at Virginia, 70-58, then on Saturday (12/03/2011) they beat Iowa State, 76-66, in Crisler Arena. The UVa game was part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which the Big Ten won again, for the 3rd year in a row.
The (#15) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played three games last week in the EA Sports Maui Invitational tournament, and they won two out of three of them, to move to 5-1 on the season. On Monday (11/21/2011), they beat (#8) Memphis 73-61, on Tuesday (11/22/2011), they lost to (#6) Duke 82-75, then on Wednesday (11/23/2011), they beat UCLA 79-63. As a result, they finished 3rd (out of 8 teams) in the tournament, which is very respectable. It was a very talented field this year, and Michigan’s win over Memphis was huge. Michigan played very well, and it was very encouraging to see, especially after three lukewarm wins over “cupcakes” in Crisler Arena to start the season. UM played pretty well in the loss to Duke, then played another solid game to beat UCLA handily. It was a good tournament.
The (#17) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played two games last week, and they won both of them, to move to 3-0 on the season. On Monday (11/14/2011) they beat Towson, 64-47, then on Thursday (11/17/2011) they beat Western Illinois (WIU), 59-55. No, that 2nd score isn’t a typo: they only won by 4. It was part of an underwhelming week. Sure, they won the Towson game by 17 points, but they were actually outscored after the first 10 minutes of the game. They opened with a brilliant 21-0 run to start the game, then played even with Towson for the rest of the game. The WIU game was even worse. Every time UM started pulling away, WIU grabbed the momentum back and made the game close again. Michigan never led by more than 9 points, and WIU had a lead in both halves. Not very impressive.
The (#18) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played their first “real” game of the 2011-2012 season on Friday (11/11/2011) vs. Ferris State, and they won 59-33. So, they’re 1-0. Yay!
Yeah, they won by 26 points, but it was only 6 points (22-16) at halftime. They played another lethargic 1st half, and only shot 27.6%. FSU pulled within 1 point (22-21) early in the 2nd half, before Michigan finally woke up. Once they got going, Michigan played well, and won going away.