Tiger shots miss mark too much
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:01 pm
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Memphis did its best to get out to Michigan’s shooters and, for the most part, did just that.
The Tigers just couldn’t seem to find the basket at the other end.
Hurt by poor perimeter shooting, No. 8 Memphis was knocked off by No. 15 Michigan 73-61 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on Monday.
“We didn’t make shots,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “There were a couple of times where we were playing east and west, and that’s not us. We’ve got to go north and south. If we continue to go north and south and attack, we’ve got a chance where we’re going to be really hard to guard.”
After an easy season-opening win, Memphis (1-1) had a shaky performance against the experienced Wolverines.
The Tigers had trouble containing Michigan’s guards, but did a good job on the perimeter, holding the Wolverines to 6-of-20 from 3-point range. Memphis’ biggest problem came at the other end, where it hit just 33 percent from the floor and 4-of-20 from 3-point range to get bounced into the loser’s bracket.
Charles Carmouche led the Tigers with 14 points.
“We stopped attacking the basket,” said Memphis’ Will Barton, who had nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. “We started settling for jump shots.”
Back in Maui for the first time since 1998, Michigan (4-0) looked right at home in paradise, using its ability to penetrate to shoot 54 percent while hounding the Tigers with a variety of defenses.
The two-time tournament champions move on to face No. 6 Duke, a 77-67 winner over Tennessee, in Tuesday’s semifinals.
“We’re really pleased we could come away with a win today,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Memphis presents some very big challenges. They’re a very good defense.”
Michigan has made a quick turnaround since a disappointing 2009-10 season.
The Wolverines used a late run to get back into the NCAA Tournament last season and came into this year with plenty of expectations, returning nearly everyone except Darius Morris, an NBA second-round pick.
Michigan opened the season with a pair of easy wins, rolling over Ferris State and Towson, then had to hold on to beat Western Illinois 59-55.
The Wolverines shot well early against Memphis, thanks to penetration by Hardaway and Burke, but was uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball against the Tigers’ pressure.
Published in The Messenger 11.22.11