Michigan coach Juwan Howard talks about his team's 79-71 win in the opening game against Appalachian State on November 5, 2019.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press
Basketball in Michigan is in the works, as expected by a new coach on its debut, and there is still a long way to go.
At 12:59, the Wolverines held a 30-point lead at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Until then, they dominated the game on both ends, attacking from the bottom and the outside in the offensive and restricted the quality of the defensive shots.
Michigan was well on its way to starting the era of Juwan Howard with a blowout over an overmatch opponent.
Until everything has changed.
Jon Teske defends the Hunter Seacat from Appalachian State in the second half of Tuesday in Ann Arbor. [Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press]
Appalachian State used a 32-6 run to reduce the deficit to four, and looked like a far superior team at the time. The Wolverines could not stop turning the ball with 17 bucks, more than in any other game of the past season. Meanwhile, the defense fought to stop in transition or half-court.
It was a recipe for disaster. If more time had gone by, or if the original leadership had not gone so badly, Howard's debut might have ended with an unthinkable defeat.
And although the Wolverines emerged victorious, the teams became even more of a steep learning curve as they adapted to life under a new trainer.
"We just got away from the little things," Center Jon Teske said. "In the first half we really split the ball, knocking open a lot of open strikes, splitting the ball in a great way, making that one extra pass, we have some tension in the second half, we need to relax. had risen by 30 points.
"We will learn from this, grow from it, all we have to do is maintain this 30-point lead and the 20-point lead, and just keep your foot on the pedal."
The statistics for the second half were not very pretty. Michigan scored 33 points 11 out of 28 shots and 10 sales resulted in 17 points for Appalachian State. The mountaineers shot out of the field 18/34 and consistently scored goals on the edge, turning 13 of 21 layups into multi-player attacking glass, which caused trouble in Michigan. In every respect, the Wolverines have been surpassed in the last 13 minutes. And the problems only got worse as the fighting went on. Howard said the Wolverines suffered from a long drought in the second half "We stopped playing defense."
"Well, we've lost our mental stability," Howard said.
After defeating Saginaw Valley State on the Friday, Howard talked about improving the team's ball movement and talked about a scenario in which players missed seemingly open shots for better shots.
Sometimes it seemed the Wolverines were trying too hard to follow his advice In the second half of the match, there were broken passes and discarded passes, but against the mountaineers.
Juwan Howard watches the action against the Appalachian state. Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
"With basketball you have to be healthy in the first place," Howard said, "I've got my old highsch ool coach learned with two hands on the ball that the guy to whom you pass is open before you release the basketball. Pass fake. These words were spoken in our crush. Unfortunately we did not do it well.
There were some positive results from Howard's debut.
Teske sometimes looked unstoppable at the bottom, scoring a double-double in the first half to finish with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Guard Eli Brooks led the team with one Career high of 24 points and made 5-of-11 3s, with Brandon Johns Jr. and Colin Castleton boosting the bank with energy and points, and of course it was a pleasure to give Howard his first win as a coach. 19659004] "We are happy," said Teske, "a victory is a victory. That's why, Coach Howard, it's his first win. It was something special to be there. It's our first game in a long season. We will learn from it, grow from it. We & # 39; There is still much to improve, and that's what exercise is all about. Tomorrow, this week, we'll get better.
Although Howard said he did not expect the collapse in the second half, this made sense in the context of the Tuesday game.
Michigan is taking a completely new course, with the Wolverines headed by a first-time head coach They have never trained on a college level, replacing the program's most successful coach so far, as well as the top three scorers of the past season, and the remaining players have been recruited to play in a different scheme and are now learning to play in a new scheme .
There was no evidence at the beginning of the season That this team could overcome all of these factors and play their best basketball from the start, there would always be a time for adaptation built this idea.
And not only the players learn with each game. Your trainer is too.
"Overall, I think there are some areas where not only our players need to improve, but me too, as a coach," said Howard. I can not part with the group, hopefully I'll sleep a bit tonight, I hope I do not play every bit, every thing in my head, while I try to fall asleep, but I know that I will do it.
"I will have a sleep disorder because it shows that … you are interested. You are interested in this game, you are interested in what happens. You are interested in improvement and growth. I am always critical. I am always hard for myself.
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