of course Liberty hired Hugh Freeze
|WHAT||#4 Michigan (9-0) vs
#222 Western Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
|WHEN||2 PM Saturday|
|LINE||Michigan –24 (Kenpom)|
Michigan has reached their annual near-dormant mid-December. The next three opponents are all buy games that Kenpom favors Michigan in by absurd margins. This is in part because the teams are bad, but they're not as bad as they usually are. Last year's trio of Detroit, Jacksonville, and Alabama A&M were all 319th or worse in Kenpom. A&M was a 3-28 SWAC team.
This year's slate is more respectable, and Michigan might be slightly disappointed that they're getting slightly down versions of WMU, which is usually around .500 in the MAC but seems headed for the bottom of the league this year, and Air Force. Even somewhat weak versions of those two programs are (probably) much better for NET purposes than the confused time-traveling Mongol squads of yesteryear.
Binghamton? Well, can't win 'em all.
Michigan should cruise past all three of these opponents in dominating fashion, but Michigan's seven-man rotation is looking a little vulnerable to foul trouble and injury so there will be moments of import for down the road when Jon Teske, in particular, exits.
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||12||Michael Flowers||So.||6'1 195||76||23||106||No|
|PG shooting pretty well and getting to line; TOs an issue. Mansome DREB PG.|
|G||4||Jared Printy||Jr.||6'4, 185||68||12||117||No|
|Just A Shooter.|
|G||3||Josh Davis||Sr.||6'5, 200||79||24||95||No|
|Senior's uptick in usage is almost all turnovers. Shooting almost the exact same, TO rate nearly doubles to 28, ORTG 95.|
|F||11||Kawanise Wilkins||So.||6'5 235||60||18||119||Maybe|
|JUCO transfer shot 37% from 3 last year. Struggling from there so far but solid all-around game otherwise. Getting his own shots.|
|C||50||Seth Dugan||Sr.||7'0, 240||79||27||115||Yes|
|Traditional C has taken big leap forward in his final year. Shooting up, assists up, rebounding up. Very good at rim (75%, half assisted). 14% on other twos. Not a shotblocker.|
|G||2||Adrian Martin||Fr.||6'3 170||41||16||49||Yes|
|FR shooting 14/15 from floor. Not a typo. On 41 shots!|
|F||15||Patrick Emilien||Fr.||6'6, 190||39||15||80||Yes|
|Uh this guy is at 27/19. Gets some OREBs at least?|
|G||20||William Boyer-Richard||Fr.||6'1, 185||32||16||77||Meh|
|Hey this guy's at 40/33! … with a 42 TO rate.|
|F||24||Adida Ikongshul||Jr.||6'6, 265||13||22||76||Yes|
|Ye gods: shooting 3/24 from two for his career.|
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