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Big Ten Basketball Tournament 201 - Required Pregame Reading

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Looking over the B1G Basketball Tournament 201 syllabus, here is some required reading for your Friday afternoon.

Post Northwestern Win Reading Materials (optional)

Pre-Michigan Reading (Required)

  • Ann Arbor.com has 4 things to watch for in tonight's game. They want Michigan to penetrate the lane, push the ball to tire our OT legs, run that damn pick-n-roll and "play with fire" (not sure what this one meant but 3 sounds like more than 4 so...).
  • Detroit Free Press talks about the short time Minnesota has to prepare for Michigan. "it’s always a tough prep for a John Beilein team," says Tubby Smith. Michigan was probably prepping for for Northwestern all week anyway.
  • Maize n Brew looks at the actual stats to "prove" that Michigan actually does NOT live and die by the three.
  • MGOBlog saw that post, did their own analysis and came to the other conclusion. "So as we go into the post season. Cackle with knowing glee if Michigan is driving the basket. Worry if we draw a zone team that forces us to shoot a lot of 3 pointers." Sounds good to me.
  • Maize n Brew previews Minnesota. They are confident, hopefully the Wolverines are feeling rather confident as well. "Michigan stacks up well with Minnesota, especially with Sampson out. The backcourt for the Gophers is not able to reproduce their excellent performance against Northwestern -- Dre Hollins isn't going to put up 25 again. Trey Burke should slice through their guards and put up another very good game against the Gophers."
  • Myron Medcalf (remember him?) previews the Friday games of the Big Ten Tournament.

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