This was done without a single senior on the roster, with the majority of their starting line-up on the on bench for a large part of the first half with foul trouble.
This was done with huge size mismatches on defense. The 6'4" Novak, as he had all season, was generally guarding a playing 5-6" taller than he is.
This was done while getting out-rebounded 33-23, 10-4 on the offensive end.
Duke's coach may have gotten the victory and many more victories overall, but I think he was out-coached by John Beilein in this game. Switching to the 1-3-1 zone trap didn't produce many turnovers, but it changed the way Duke operated on the offensive end, slowed them down and allowed M to battle back.
In those final minutes, while Michigan was furiously fighting back, they got key plays from several players:
Darius Morris made Free Throw - 58-45Then Duke pulled away again - but M fought back once more
Zack Novak three point jumper - 58-48
Tim Hardaway Jr.made lay-up - 58-50
Jordan Morgan Dunk - 58-52
Morris made jumper - 66-56This goes without adding the 13 points Evan Smotrycz chipped in early. Douglass was steady, if not his best effort. Jon Horford chipped in a 3-point play in limited minutes. Matt Vogrich was not a factor against Duke, but his late first half effort was key to the victory over Tennessee.
Morgan layup - 66-58
Morris jumper 66-60
Morgan dunk 66-62
Hardaway jumper 70-64
Hardaway jumper 70-66
Hardaway 3-pointer 70-69
The future is bright for this team. It was supposed to be bright for the 09-10 team after a similar 08-09 season and they fell on their face. I would be surprised if the same fall occurred next season.
It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine - Go Blue!