Michigan Wolverines: Joh Beilein
November, 27, 2012
By Ryan Feldman | ESPN Stats & Info
Joe Camporeale/US PresswireJohn Beilein has his team playing a different style than it did in year's past.(No. 3 Michigan hosts No. 18 North Carolina State, Tuesday at 7:30 ET on ESPN.)
The Michigan Wolverines are playing like a legitimate Final Four contender, their impressive play a result of two key factors: efficient offense and much-improved rebounding.
The Wolverines are among the most efficient offenses this season, averaging 124.5 points per 100 possessions. That’s the fourth-highest in the country.
Only Indiana, Ohio State and Pittsburgh have been more efficient.
Michigan’s offense has been so prolific because the Wolverines are adding a lot of easy baskets in transition. Twenty-five percent of their points have come in transition, and they’re shooting 70 percent on those plays.
The Wolverines have done so playing at a higher pace than they ever have under head coach John Beilein, averaging 65 possessions per 40 minutes this season, three more than last season.
With a faster pace and more transition opportunities, the Wolverines have to rely less on executing in the half-court.
When they do have to execute in the half-court, the Wolverines have been terrific against man-to-man defenses. In fact, they have the most efficient man offense in the country, averaging more than a point per play and shooting 54 percent.
Beilein’s Offense Getting Better & Better
Michigan’s man offense has been so efficient because the Wolverines are getting to the basket more and settling for four fewer jump shots per game than they did last season.
After averaging 97 points per 100 possessions in Beilein’s first season on campus, which ranked in the bottom third of the country, the Wolverines are playing a much faster game and their offensive efficiency has improved each of the last three seasons as noted in the chart on the right.
Michigan ranked outside the top 200 in rebound percentage in each of Beilein’s first five seasons, but is grabbing 57 percent of the available rebounds this season. That’s the 24th-highest percentage in the country.
One reason for the improvement is the boost the Wolverines are getting from their freshmen.
Mitch McGary ranks fifth nationally in offensive rebound percentage and 40th in defensive rebound percentage.
He and Glenn Robinson III are the team’s best two rebounders per 40 minutes of Wolverines with at least 25 minutes this season.
McGary averages 17.3 rebounds per 40 minutes, second-most in the country among players with at least 60 minutes (Maryland’s Charles Mitchell averages 17.5).
The Wolverines have already passed their first two major tests against Pittsburgh and Kansas State. If they can pass their one against North Carolina State on Tuesday, then there’s a great chance the Wolverines will enter Big Ten play undefeated.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State