2019-20 Season

Film Room: What went wrong at Michigan State?

Film Room is an X’s and O’s breakdown of Michigan basketball by Gibson Pyper. Pyper has diagrammed almost every offense in college and professional basketball at The Basketball Playbook and is an expert on the X’s and O’s of the game. He’s helping us break down the ins and outs of Juwan Howard’s NBA-inspired offense with videos, breakdowns, and analysis throughout the season. 

Today’s Film Room focuses on what went wrong for Michigan against Michigan State.

Michigan’s offense and defense fell flat at the Breslin Center on Sunday afternoon. In this week’s Film Room, we take an in-depth look at Michigan’s spacing issues without Isaiah Livers, what Juwan Howard tried to slow down Cassius Winston, and how execution in transition on both sides of the court skewed the balance of the game.

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Spacing Issues

Without Isaiah Livers, Michigan’s offense struggled to create scoring opportunities out of its standard offensive sets. Michigan State was able to help off of Livers’ replacements — Brandon Johns, Colin Castleton or Austin Davis — regardless of who was playing the position. This allowed the Spartans to clog up driving lanes and prevent matchup advantages.

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