Michigan basketball basket must step up for late boom

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The basketball coach, John Beilein, Michigan talks to the media on Monday, February 11, 2019, in Ann Arbor.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press

While John Belenin has become a premier, it's an annual basketball basketball tradition in Michigan to take up fire in February and finishes the strong season.

The last season, U-M was sloppily at Northwestern on February 6 and lost, 61-52.

The Wolverines never again lost to the national titles game on April 2.

Two seasons ago, Michigan lost games back to the State of Michigan and Ohio State on January 29 and February 4. Then he won 12 of the other 15 games, and won the Big Ten tournament and performed 16 Sweet.

The sixth-class Wolverines (22-2, 11-2) are now in a different position. But still looking for similar improvements.

U-M is in charge of the conference position, he has a chances over the second Purdue place and has four games left against the third and fourth teams, Michigan State and Maryland.

The Michigan Jordan Poole guard is the ball court against Wisconsin, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Crisler Center. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

"I hope we can do what we have done in recent years, because we can have a good year if we can do that," said Beilein on Monday afternoon. "But that is the focus now in place, do not try to find a few holes in everyone's game that we are trying to improve a bit of improvement and now strengthen the areas that we think we are now strong."

While Michigan's protection remains among the best in the nation, ranking No. 2 in defense efficiency according to KenPom, the team is looking for more consistency of an offense.

Following a five-game stretch where the average Wolverines dropped to 0.92 points per property and after posting the worst two seasonal performance, the recovery seems to have been slowly achieved.

There were 1.17 points per capita in Michigan with 77-65 win over Rutgers. And there was a desirable improvement in the Saturday peak over Wisconsin, which has the second best defense at the conference.

"We got more open play in that game than we did in Madison," said Beilein. "And then we just did not really have to go really. I thought that Iggy (Brazdeikis) took some better shots. Zavier (Simpson) only took one 3, and I thought it was going to go. And so It was just one of those games when we could not make a shot.

"I thought in Madison, many of them had to do to protect them. I thought this time but we need to lose them. And we lost many toys and we made some tough ones."

According to the Jon Teske center, U-M's aggressive inconsistency is little. He and his colleagues tell us that the team must "draft our open addresses."

Battle of Ethan Happ and Michigan Jon Teske battle back during the first half of Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Madison, Wis. (Photo: Andy Manis, AP)

"When we are open, trust your confidence," said Teske. "We can wear the ball and hit the man on the open hands and be able to describe shots. These people are falling. Try and find out the move, I feel that We're our best, and open hats, dunks, 3s transition. But really focusing on open shots. "

Except in Minnesota, the worst protection in six of the remaining seven games is waiting in November No. 37 in protective efficiency. There is still a home and home set against Michigan State, which is no. 9 in defense efficiency, and Maryland, which is no. 26.

There is reason to believe that this team can jump half like many of the predecessors. The way to do that begins to respond to an offense.

"That's what we expect we can do," said Beilein. "If we continue to improve, we have succeeded in the Big Ten championship debut."

Contact Orion Sang at osang@freepress.com. Follow it on Twitter @orion_sang. Read more on Michigan Wolverines and sign up for our Wolverines newsletter.

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