Saturday, December 1, 2018

Parola Perspective in Brief: On Michigan Basketball.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola formerly of Flint Town.

Since Michigan became defense oriented a few years ago, they've become increasingly tough to beat. The offense was always potent; this year is probably the weakest it's been in a while.
And, Coach B's teams don't foul, they don't turn the ball over, (he will not tolerate giving up threes, while we bomb away at our don't win matching our threes with twos) and now they won't let you score...from the field, or the line.
As stated in a recent Detroit Free Press article, "Opponents are hitting just 36.1 percent of their two-point attempts against Michigan." That's ridiculous. This team also doesn't foul, as it ranks in the top 10 nationally in opposing free throw rate. When you can't get a clean look at the basket and you don't get to the foul line, life is pretty much miserable.
That's what Michigan's doing to people.
But there's more to this story. And it's the reason why Michigan seems to be becoming a team that'll be incredibly difficult to beat this season.
"When a (Luke) Yaklich defense shoots like a Beilein offense," noted college basketball analyst John Gasaway tweeted Wednesday. "Forget about it." 

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