Michigan fills its final open coaching spot with a fast-rising BYU alum
Friday is University of Michigan night at the Pistons game. There's a postgame meet-and-greet with GRIII and five bucks from every ticket ordered through the above link will go to chronic fatigue syndrome research. The hat is no coincidence! It's Ace's hat! Not literally! But if you've listened to our very visual podcast you've no doubt seen his hat.
There are three seating options: corner, baseline, and the 200-level sideline. MGoBlog people are supposed to gather on the 200 level. Consume!
|WHAT||#6 Michigan (17-0) vs
|LINE||Michigan –1 (Kenpom)|
Michigan eased back into the Big Ten schedule with three games at home and just Illinois on the road. Two of those were "B" games to Kenpom, signifying a top-100 opponent when venue is considered. Two didn't make the tiers at all.
Well, buckle up: 11 of Michigan's remaining 14 regular-season games are "A"—top 50—matchups. Those kick off on Saturday with what Kenpom projects is Michigan's second-most difficult game remaining: at Wisconsin. (The finale at Breslin is, unsurprisingly, #1.) Bart Torvik Dot Com is relatively down on Wisconsin and high on Michigan but even so this game checks in #4 amongst remaining tests. Michigan hasn't faced a team the advanced stats like this much since their two game demolition derby against UNC and Purdue back in early December.
It'll probably be fine, but the push for the conference title starts now.
THE LINEUP CARD
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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||0||D'Mitrik Trice||So.||6'0, 187||80||22||113||No|
|Just A Shooter with <10% of attempts at rim. 42/46% shooting, some assists. Ventures inside line for jumpers some.|
|G||34||Brad Davison||So.||6'3, 206||76||18||113||No|
|Charge takin', nut punchin' son of a gun will get to the rim some but shoots <50% once there. 46/44% splits.|
|F||21||Khalil Iverson||Sr.||6'5, 217||56||13||104||God yes|
|D-first garbage man is 0/27 from 3 over last 1.5 years. Usage evaporated once other guys came back.|
|F||35||Nate Reuvers||So.||6'11 240||52||19||118||No|
|Heir apparent at C spends most of his time as stretch 4. Top 50 block rate, 60/39% splits, rock bottom TO rate. Awkward fit on D at 4 but upgrade on Happ for 8 MPG.|
|C||22||Ethan Happ||Sr.||6'10, 237||79||35||110||Yes|
|Unique point-center has top 50 assist rate, giant usage, good efficiency, and a major achilles heel: 49% on FTs. Not super athletic and can get eaten up by bigger, jumpier Cs.|
|G||23||Kobe King||Fr.*||6'4 203||49||13||116||No|
|Efficient when called upon with ability to get to rack but attacks rarely.|
|G||1||Brevin Pritzl||Jr.||6'3, 198||48||12||125||No|
|Even more tilted towards Just A Shooter this year. 75% of his shots from 3, hitting 34%.|
|F||2||Aleem Ford||So.||6'8, 220||29||15||88||Sorta|
|Just A Shooter hitting 31%. 6 two-point FGAs all season.|
|F||15||Charles Thomas||Sr.||6'8, 250||13||25||106||Maybe|
|Bit player gets a few minutes here and there.|
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