The following is the first of (probably) many “Quick Hitters” posts. I’ll take a look at three things from the previous night of games, with one being an actual breakdown of a quick hitter.
1. Beilein quick hitter to pull away from Minnesota.
With just over two minutes to go and a one point lead at Minnesota, Beilein called a timeout during a sloppy Michigan possession. He drew up a great play leading to a fantastic pass by Nik Stauskas out of a pick and roll. Check out the annotated photos and GIF below:
And here’s the GIF of the play unfolding at full speed:
2. Washington makes Jahii Carson work on the defensive end.
Washington got a surprising road win at Arizona State to start Pac-12 play. The Huskies were brutal on the defensive end during non-conference play, going 8-5. However, Washington held ASU to just .89 points per possession, ASU’s second worst offensive outing of the year.
Interestingly, Lorenzo Romar went into the 6’3″ Nigel Williams-Goss in the post several times to start the game. Williams-Goss didn’t have a great game, but despite not shooting well played under control (one turnover). Maybe more importantly, Williams-Goss forced Carson to play defense.
Romar ran three plays early on for post-ups against Carson. The results were decent, Williams-Goss missed two good looks to start the game and then made two hook shots later in the game. Still, The offensive gameplan may have helped slow down Carson on the other end. The superstar had 15 points on 12 shots, 1 assist, and 4 turnovers. Carson is a great scorer, but his defense is what puts him behind guards like Russ Smith and Marcus Smart.
3. McNeese State’s Kevin Hardy flirts with history.
At the beginning of the season I looked at potential 5×5 candidates around the country. Thanks to TeamRankings, we know that it hasn’t been done in the last seven years (at the very least). My number one candidate was 6’2″ junior Kevin Hardy. The McNeese State guard is by no means a household name, but has rare shot-blocking and rebounding ability for someone his size.
Against SE Louisiana yesterday, Hardy was actually pretty close to on pace for the 5×5 early in the second half. He recorded just one block and no steals over the final 18 minutes, but still had a phenomenal line that you simply don’t see often. Utah’s Delon Wright also had a very nice line against Oregon in an OT loss. Check out both players’ stats below: