The (#14) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played one game this week, and they won it. On Saturday (12/21/2019), they beat Presbyterian College 86-44 in Crisler Arena. The win raises Michigan’s record to 9-3 (1-1 in the Big Ten).
This was a classic holiday “cupcake”. Presbyterian was overmatched, and they never really stood a chance. Michigan raced out to a quick 13-point lead (17-4) in the first 8 minutes, and never looked back. They led by 23 at halftime (38-15), pushed the lead into the 30’s and 40’s in the 2nd half, and won by 42 points. It was an easy, stress-free game, and every healthy UM player got to play a decent amount.
The stats for the game are good, even after they got dragged down a little by extended “garbage time”. Michigan shot well overall (28-for-53 = 52.8%), they shot 3-pointers well (11-for-27 = 40.7%), and they shot free throws well (19-for-25 = 76.0%). They won the rebounding battle handily (44-30), and they won the turnover battle (10-13). Without the five 3-pointers that the scrubs hoisted up in “garbage time”, Michigan shot 50% (11-for-22) from 3-point range.
Who Looked Good?
Brooks was the leading scorer, with 16 points, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
Teske scored 15 points, on very efficient shooting (6-for-9). He also had 7 rebounds.
David DeJulius was the only other Michigan player in double figures, with 12 points, all 3-pointers. He shot 4-for-7 from 3-point range.
Simpson didn’t quite hit double figures (9 points), but he did have 9 assists and 5 rebounds.
Cole Bajema had his best game so far, with a career-high 9 points.
Austin Davis played 17 minutes, and looked solid out there. He scored 7 points, had (team-high) 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and only 1 foul.
Colin Castleton played 22 minutes, and did a decent job. He scored 6 points and had 7 rebounds.
Who Looked Not-So-Good?
Wagner hit his first shot, a 3-pointer, in the first minute of the game, and didn’t score again.
Adrien Nuñez came in when Livers went out, and he didn’t do much besides foul. He did score 5 points, but he also had 5 fouls.
Who Else Played?
Who Didn’t Play?
Brandon Johns, Jr. was ill, and didn’t play.
As mentioned above, Livers only played 3 minutes before he got hurt.
What Does It Mean?
This was a meaningless game. Michigan was heavily favored to win, and they did the job. It’s hard to learn anything from a game against such an overmatched opponent.
This week, Michigan only plays one game, in Crisler Arena. On Sunday (12/29/2019, 2:00 p.m., FS1), they play UMass-Lowell.
UMass-Lowell is another cupcake, although they are a notch better than Presbyterian. Still, Michigan will be heavily favored, and should win by 20-30 points. UML is currently 6-7, with no significant wins, and a few embarrassing losses (Jacksonville, Merrimack, Dartmouth, and Sacred Heart). They have no height (no one over 6’7”), and no real stars.
Check back next week to see how Michigan did.
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