Surfing the information highway while listening to the Spartans on the radio . . .
Tommy Amaker took revenge on his former employer today, as the Harvard Crimson beat the Michigan Wolverines 62-51 in Boston. The Crimson scored the final 11 points of the game. Deshaun Sims led the Wolverines with 14 points, but took 18 FG attempts to do so.
The loss drops Michigan to 3-5. Taking a gander at Michigan’s tempo-free stats sheet coming into the game, not a lot stands out–except the following:
- Their opponents are shooting 43.0% from three-point range. Michigan ranks 315th in the country on this stat.
- Their opponents are recording assists on 65.2% of their field goal makes. Michigan ranks 316th in the country on this stat.
While I have yet to see Michigan play this season, these stats would indicate that the Wolverines haven’t picked up John Beilein’s patented 1-3-1 defense yet. Their opponents seem to be (1) passing the ball well over the zone and (2) getting and making good three-point looks. Beilein’s West Virginia team from last season actually held its opponents to the 7th lowest three-point percentage in the country–quite an achievement for a team playing a zone defense.
And the trapping inherent to the 1-3-1 zone doesn’t appear to be creating turnovers. Michigan ranks 251st in the country on opponents’ turnover percentage at 20.2%.
The 1-3-1 zone is pretty fun to watch, so I’m looking forward to watching Michigan play under Beilein. We’ll see if they can begin to implement the defense more effectively. If not, it could be a very long season in Ann Arbor–as opposed to the Michigan football head coaching search, which only SEEMS like it’s already taken a long time.