Michigan junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. explains how he simulates pressure free throws in practice.

Michigan junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. explains how he simulates pressure free throws in practice.

Although Michigan built a double digit lead in the first half of Wednesday's win over Minnesota, the Wolverines needed clutch shots late to seal the 74-69 victory.

Junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. led Michigan with 22-points, on a night in which both teams had off nights from the field.

"This is the game you can expect going forward, the Michigan State's and Indiana's and stuff like that," Walton Jr. said. "It's just going to be games where both teams aren't going to shoot the ball as well as they will be shooting for the year but you've got to find a way to win."

"It was all about finding a way, digging deep and finding a way to win," added Walton Jr. "That's what we did."

It wasn't without worry for the Wolverines though.

Walton Jr. finished the night 11-for-12 from the free throw line, knocking down some of the biggest makes in the final minutes, when it counts most.

"We've been really working on free throws, shooting pressure free throws in late game situations," Walton Jr. said. "So happened that it came to the forefront tonight and we were prepared for the moment."

Simulating pressure free throws is no easy task though, but Michigan feels they've come up with the right blue print to prepare for the moment.

"We kind of plug a phone up to an amplifier and just go to YouTube and find the loudest noise on there possible and play it through the speakers at Crisler," he said. 

"Kind of simulates what it would be like a road game, kind of quiet at home but most likely than not it's loud when you're shooting free throws in a road venue."


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