2010-2011 Season

Euro Game 1: Gent 69, Michigan 63


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Michigan led for long stretches of their first contest overseas but a couple untimely slumps cost them the victory. Gent had a pair of 13-2 runs, in both the first and second halves, which ultimately cost Michigan the victory.

Michigan’s final comeback effort was thwarted when a Zack Novak corner three was overturned because his foot was ruled out of bounds. The made three would have made it a 3 point game with 1:20 to play.

John Beilein gave Michigan a C+ grade for their play citing the fact that they lead a 10 point lead slip away in the final five minutes of the game as one of the big issues (naturally).

Michigan will face Charleroi tomorrow at 1 p.m. eastern time. Charleroi is expected to be a better team as they won last year’s Belgium League playoffs.

Here’s the full unofficial box score (stats tracked manually by Michigan staff):


Here are the four factors on the offensive side of the ball:

Possessions 78
Points Per Poss. .808
eFG 39.4%
OR% 16.3%
TO% 15%
FTR 23%

Some notes…

  • Individual scoring: Novak 17, Hardaway 13, McLimans 10, and Smotrycz 8
  • Michigan shot 43.5% on twos and 22.2% on threes. 41% of Michigan’s field goal attempts were from three point range.
  • Zack Novak (7 of 12) and Tim Hardaway (5 of 7) were by far the most efficient players on offense. Novak carried the time with the most points, threes, rebounds, blocks, and steals (tie).
  • Speaking of Novak, it sounds like he played the 2,3, and 4. He started at the four but moved around depending on what lineups were in the game.
  • It was a rough day for Stu Douglass and Darius Morris. They had 7 assists to only 1 turnover combined but they shot a dreadful 3 of 21 from the field.
  • The shorter shot clock was obviously a factor as the game was played at a brisk pace with 78 possessions.
  • Four turnovers stand out for Smotrycz but he was able to get to the line. Turnovers also weren’t a huge problem for Michigan considering the pace of the game.
  • McLimans was productive on the offensive end (although it looks like he missed quite a few close ones) but he needs to pull down down boards. McLimans and Morgan shouldn’t be getting out rebounded by Vogrich.
  • The box score also doesn’t have minutes played, so it’s tough to judge how productive or unproductive a player was without that context. However it’s clear Beilein went with a long bench as everyone besides Bartelstein attempted a shot and he was in long enough to pick up three fouls.
  • These are just the offensive numbers so it’s hard to comment on defense.  None of the offensive numbers are very impressive but it’s fair to give them the benefit of the doubt after flying across the country in the last 48 hours.
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