Shea Patterson, Lawrence Marshall and Jared Wangler talk to the media
|WHAT||#25 Michigan (2-0) vs
#6 Villanova (2-0)
|LINE||Villanova –7 (KenPom)|
chance they use the same dang wildcat growl everyone else does: 82%.
Michigan faces its first test of the 2018-19 season tonight with a true road game in a band-box (the Pavilion is Yost-sized) against the defending national champions… or at least the bits of that team that aren't in the NBA. For Michigan, though, it's more about reassembling an offense in the absence of MAAR, Moe Wagner, and Duncan Robinson.
The parts look like they're there. The shots look like pretty good shots. Michigan's EFG% after two games is 320th. There is a strong probability that's not a thing. Now would be a good time to demonstrate that it's not.
THE LINEUP CARD
Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.
|G||5||Phil Booth||Sr.||6'3, 194||75||23||151||No|
|Sixth man last year shot 53/38 on 18% usage with close to 1:1 A:TO. Did little in title game. X can probably lock him down.|
|G||24||Joe Cremo||Sr.||6'4, 191||54||16||137||No|
|Albany grad transfer was go to guy; projects as Just A Shooter at high-major level. 46% last year.|
|G||2||Collin Gillespie||So.||6'3, 183||54||17||153||No|
|So will hope to expand game after a Just A Shooter FR year where he hit 39% from deep. Major assist rate uptick against early season tomato cans. Still taking 2/3rds of his shots from behind the line.|
|F||15||Saddiq Bey||Fr.||6'8 220||54||17||151||No|
|Composite #138 freshman is 4/6 from line, 2, and 3 so far this year.|
|F||25||Eric Paschall||Sr.||6'8, 255||58||30||134||No|
|Stretch five was deadly from 3 last year after 1/27 start. 1/5 this year. Usage increase from 18 to 30 unsustainable. Did little in title game.|
|F||23||Jermaine Samuels||So.||6'7, 220||51||23||105||No|
|4 MPG last year. 3/9 from 3 this year, ton of blocks against low-majors. #46 composite croot in 2017.|
|G||2||Jahvon Quinerly||Fr.||6'1", 17||41||19||64||Maybe?|
|Composite 5* was #29 recruit last year. Early struggles: 43 TO rate, 2.9 from three.|
|C||2||Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree||So.||6'9, 226||45||13||134||Yes!|
|Traditional-ish post player will allow comfy Teske matchups for his time on the floor.|
[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the preview.]