- Saturday, December 20 1924 -
Michigan - 21 (Head Coach: Ed Mather)
Kentucky - 11 (Head Coach: Clarence Applegran)
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Halftime Score: Michigan 10, Kentucky 4
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Game Writeup - by Norris Royden, Lexington Herald
Excellent Defense, Passing Account for Wolverines' Win
Locals Forced to Shoot from Long Range
It's an old adage - they're never too old to learn. Well, neither are they too good but what they can't earn some more. The University of Kentucky Wildcats claimed by some to know as much about basketball as there is to know, were given a thorough lesson last night in the gymnasium by the Michigan quintet.
Displaying the best passing team that has performed here in many day, the Wolverines scored nearly twice as many points as the Wildcats in winning, 21 to 11. Last night's contest fully revealed Kentucky's weakness and a marked improvement can be expected after the holidays if the Wildcats spend much practice on correcting their faults.
Michigan has a team of finished players. Every man that broke into the game for the Wolverines roved the floor with the ease of Jimmy McFarland, when the latter is in his stride. Michigan used a short pass and depended largely on the individual play of each man.
The Wolverines advanced the ball down the floor principally by the use of the dribble and whenever a Wildcat stood in the way, the dribbler made a snappy pivot in time to make a short pass to one of his teammates, making full speed down the floor.
The Wildcats have not yet adapted themselves to the large court and when they do, local fans will see every member of the team a vastly improved dribbler. The criss-cross failed utterly and the Blue and White basketeers were unable to carry the ball past the center of the floor by this method.
Wildcats Change Tactics
George Buchheit, who like Coach Applegran, attempted to teach the Wildcats the Illinois criss-cross, changed his tactics last season when he saw that the team could not absorb the system enough to make it effective. Shortly after the second half started, Applegran sent instructions out to the men to forget the criss-cross and use a combination short and long-pass. An immediate improvement in Kentucky's play was noted.
Quick to change to the defense, Michigan was able to present a stout wall which the Wildcats could not penetrate. Because of this they were forced to resort to long shots and that tells the story of so few Kentucky points. Neither Captain McFarland nor Underwood had more than a vague idea of where the basket was and their shots usually fell way short of their mark. McFarland had only one field goal to his credit and Underwood failed to register a point.
Michigan made a slight change in their tactics in the second half that was for their own good. With their dribbling and short pass working to perfection, the Wolverines contented themselves with shooting from just beyond the foul line instead of drawing out the Wildcat backguard. There was always one Wolverine lurking loose in a corner and so in the second half, the visitors tried their hand in deceiving the backguard and had much success. A majority of their six baskets in the last half were of the crip variety, with the Kentucky backguard unable to stand off two and sometimes three Wolverines.
Cherry is Good Dribbler
The visitors had three brilliant players in Haggarty, Doyle and Cherry. The latter was an accomplished dribbler and made most of the gains into Kentucky territory. Doyle and Haggarty were the pair to be in close proximity to him when Cherry was forced to pass.
Carey played a consistent game defending his own basket, while Milward appeared to overshadow both McFarland and Underwood in playing the floor. Tracy did good work while he was in the game and took part in the only Kentucky rally of the game, which occurred in the last half. The visitors led, 10 to 4, at the halfway mark.
George Buchheit, who coached the team last year and who is now at Trinity College, at Durham N.C. was a spectator at the game. He arrived yesterday and leaves today for his home in Illinois.
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
MICHIGAN SHOWS BRILLIANT FORM TO DEFEAT CATS
Wolverines Open Speedy Attack Which Gives Them 21 to 11 Victory; Carey's Defensive Play is Outstanding Feature of Game; Northmen Uncork Flashy Passing Tactics
By Graydon Bower
Kentucky's Wildcat basket ball team in the new gymnasium Saturday night again succumbed to the aggressive dribbling offense peculiar to Big Ten conference basket ball teams, losing to the University of Michigan five by a score of 21 to 11.
The defeat was the second of the week administered Kentucky by a Western Conference quintet, Indiana having downed the Blue and White Thursday night by a score of 20 to 18.
With Cherry, brilliant running guard of the Michigan team, taking the Cat shots off the backboard and dribbling half the length of the floor to start the Wolverine attack which got under way the instant the ball changed hands, the Maize and Blue team worked thru Kentucky's defense for numerous shots.
Not more than one in five of the scoring opportunities were made good, however, the shooting of the Michigan players being almost unbelievably weak in the light of their brilliant passing and floor game, a fact which kept the margin of the Wolverines' victory as low as 10 points.
As in the Indiana game Thursday night, where Michigan's quintet handled the ball with speed and accuracy the Cats were careless, muffing a costly number of their passes when the Kentucky offense made on of its too infrequent appearances. It was only when the Cats shifted into an open-floor style of attack that they scored and the fast work of the Michigan guards, rarely allowing Kentucky's players more than one basket shot out of each drive down the floor, kept the Cats on the defense most of the time.
Carey is Effective
The consistently stellar playing of Carey as Kentucky's back guard was the feature of the Cats' play and a big element in holding the Wolverines to their 10-point margin. Time after time Carey faced two Michigan players coming down the floor and by displaying an almost uncanny ability to judge the direction of the attack either intercepted the ball or induced a hurried shot to go wild.
The fact that the most valuable playing for each of the teams was done by one of their guards was noticeable thruout the game. It was the auburn-haired Cherry who started practically every one of Michigan's offense attempts and about whom the attack centered and it was Carey who took Michigan shots off the backboard and started Kentucky back up the floor.
The passing and floor game of the Wolverines was considerably better than that showed against Kentucky by the University of Indiana team but the Michigan outfit, two games away on their winter's schedule, were weak on goal shooting. A number of "crip" shots were passed up by the Blue players, Haggerty, Conference basket artist of last year, missing a succession of easy tries. It was the whirlwind individual floor games of the Northmen that enabled them to defeat Kentucky.
Michigan started the scoring after a few minutes of mid-floor playing, Hutzel dropping thru a free throw for one point. Two more free throws made good and baskets but Hutzel and Cherry carried the score to 7-to-0. Michigan made three points, Captain McFarland then scored for the Cats on a free throw goal and Will Milward looped a neat basket to make the score 10 to 4, where it stayed the remaining minutes until the end of the first half.
Use Open Floor Game
Both teams scored at intervals as the second half opened, with the visitors leading all the way. The Cats broke away from their criss-cross attack and started an open floor game which gave them numerous shots and carried the score to 16 to 9. Milward made a pretty basket but Coach Mather's team counteracted the effort by a succession of goals and free throws made good which carried the score to 21 to 11, where it remained thruout the last two minutes of the game.