Hoops Preview: Minnesota

Hoops Preview: Minnesota

Submitted by Brian on February 2nd, 2018 at 3:00 PM

32900634261_7bb2b248d9_zTHE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #23 Michigan (18-6) vs
#91 Minnesota (14-10)
WHERE Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor, MI            
WHEN 2:30 PM EST
LINE Michigan –11 (KenPom)
TV FOX

Goldy wears weird shoes if you think about it

THE US

The sigh you hear coming from Crisler is Michigan hitting the ergonomic bathtubs and vaporous rubs during an incredible five-day break during this stupidly shortened conference season. This is Michigan's largest gap between games all year, and a welcome respite. Hopefully that means a game less ugly than many we've been treated to of late.

Minnesota should be of some aid here since they bring the nation's #129 defense. Michigan should have open shots and the ability to run their offense against a team that plays little to no zone defense; hopefully that should mean more threes go down for one Duncan Robinson. Also other people.

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.

Pos. # Name Yr. Ht./Wt. %Min %Poss ORtg SIBMIHHAT
G 5 Nate Mason Sr. 6'2, 190 77 23 114 No
Main engine of offense can drive against anyone but is awful inside the arc (39%). Great A:TO ratio, 40% 3s.
G 13 Jamir Harris Fr. 6'2, 190 52* 15 105 No
Just A Shooter hitting 38% from 3.
G 1 Dupree McBrayer Jr. 6'5, 195 62 18 105 No
Low-ish usage, decent all around game and 36% from three. Another sub-40 guy from two shooting <30 on 2PT Js.
F 3 Jordan Murphy Jr. 6'6, 250 77 28 111 Yes
Burly board monster w top 15 OREB rate nationally. 83% at rim, almost half his shots there. Not a shooter.
C 21 Bakary Konate Sr. 6'11, 240 43* 10 92 Very
Tall man swats some shots and comically fumbles ball out of bounds if it ever gets to him.
F 15 Amir Coffey So. 6'8, 225 49 18 113 No
Stretch four w/ injury issues. Solid all-around player, good passer, lateral agility in question w/ injury.
G 11 Isaiah Washington Fr. 6'1, 190 43 27 87 Very
FR PG has solid A:TO ratio... and ranks 162nd in shot% nationally despite 39/19 shooting. Deranged fun!
F 20 Davonte Fitzgerald Sr. 6'8, 220 30 15 100 Yes
Just a guy.

*[Konate and Harris's numbers from the past five games, per Kenpom. More accurate than season numbers around 30%.]

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