Michigan vs. Wofford: Post-game Commentary

GoBlueWolverine Magazines' Andre Barthwell recaps his thoughts on Michigan's 83-49 victory over Wofford University. Has the added practice time now helped the Wolverines? Should the bench be used more? Read on to find out what Dre had to say on each of the previously mentioned subjects.

Michigan's basketball team was impressive Saturday in their victory over Wofford. Is that saying a whole lot? No it isn't. They did exactly what they should have done to a team like that, and some of what should have happened to N.C. State last week. In Saturday's contest, Michigan was consistent through the whole game.

"I thought we played probably the best total forty minutes of basketball all season," Tommy Amaker said after the game. "I certainly felt that it was a critical moment for us to show that to ourselves not anyone else".

After the holiday break, the Wolverines were back in town to practice this week, which is why the team was so successful at getting back to basics. I hope the players noticed what got them this victory. This team brought their patience, focus, and intensity for the whole game. A workman's like effort like this is the only way the Wolverines can expect to remain above .500 when the team gets to the tougher Big 10 portion of the schedule. They have to be patient on offense and not take quick ill-advised shots.

With that said, what was the dramatic difference between the N.C. State game and the game against Wofford on Saturday? In the game against N.C. State, the team took quick shots. In the Wofford game, they waited for good shots. Which led to the more attractive result? Michigan played with a renewed sense of urgency in the Wofford game. Amaker had his team playing as if each minute might be their last. If Michigan can maintain that intensity over the remainder of the season, the Maize and Blue will be in each and every game over the remainder of the season. No more bringing it just sometimes.

Along those lines, Michigan is not going to be a pretty team. Michigan doesn't have the type of player that will wow you with skill, but they play well together. Michigan has a type of team that will have to fight, scrap and out hustle teams to win games. This team cannot take anything for granted. It was the type of mentality shown in the game against Wofford.

I also liked the way the bench was used. With the added competition, these guys will have to earn their playing time in practice everyday. Jevohn Shepard, Reed Baker and DeShawn Sims all played well off the bench and will have to continue to gain more of Amaker's confidence to continue logging minutes in game situations. When the subs did get minutes though, they played with the same focus and intensity as the five players that started the game. I was especially happy for DeShawn Sims, a young man who, just as recently as a few weeks ago, had been questioning if basketball was important to him. Considering what he has gone through off the court, he seems like his mindset is coming back around and he is now ready to play. The Crisler Arena crowd realized this and shows DeShawn a lot of love when he came into the game. They also gave him the loudest ovation. It just shows the level of concern the crowd had for him and their knowledge of the problems he has been facing, a pretty nice gesture.

Dion Harris continued his solid play while distributing the ball well amongst his teammates. Harris is yet to find his shot, but he does a lot of other things that really help this team. He defends well, rebounds well and has become a more vocal leader on this team. He does need to exhibit more patience on offense while teams are showing Michigan the zone defense. Dion will have to make sure the ball gets to his teammates and that his teammates are making better passes to break the zone and find the open looks. If he is going to throw up bad shots, he should expect to see his teammates do the same thing.

Michigan's next game will be on the road against Miami University. Although it's an away game in a tough environment, this is a game that Michigan should win.

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