Hoops Preview: UCLA

Hoops Preview: UCLA

Submitted by Ace on December 8th, 2017 at 3:52 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #44 Michigan (7-3) vs
#43 UCLA (7-1)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 12:08 pm ET, Saturday
LINE Michigan -3 (KenPom)
TV CBS
PBP: Carter Blackburn
Analyst: Bill Raftery

Right: oh darn no photos from last year, too bad

THE US

Michigan sits in a rather precarious spot given they're only a third of the way through the season. Regardless of how you feel about this team's chances to improve, the early loss to a mediocre LSU squad, subsequent loss of a chance to play a third D-I opponent in Maui, and the forthcoming schedule schedule have combined to put Michigan in a tight spot. Everyone shake their fists in the general direction of Jim Delany:

Michigan cannot get two "Quadrant 1" wins at home in conference play because they don't play their chief rival, Michigan State, at home this season. Crisler Center ticketholders will, however, be able to watch the Wolverines face off against the Rutgers Cable Subscribers on January 21st.

But I digress. A loss to UCLA would be a significant blow to Michigan's at-large hopes and make Tuesday's game at Texas as close to a must-win as you'll get in mid-December—never ideal with a road trip on short rest. Thankfully, this UCLA squad looks a lot different than the one that boatraced Michigan in the second half at Pauley Pavilion last year.

Meanwhile, this is welcome news:

Hopefully that comes with a more solidified role for Eli Brooks, as well.

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 3 Aaron Holiday Jr. 6'1, 185 87 23 110 No
Excellent all-around PG. Current three-point average is well below career 40% mark.
G 23 Prince Ali So. 6'3, 190 56 22 112 Not At All
Forced way into starting lineup with scoring tear; 20+ points in 2 of last 3 games.
F 13 Kris Wilkes Fr. 6'8, 195 66 24 105 Kinda
Five-star freshman off to uneven start. Great athlete, skill still coming along.
F 14 Gyorgy Goloman Sr. 6'11, 225 57 17 109 Yes
Tall, gets putbacks and blocks, occasional jumpers usually go poorly. Will also play center.
C 40 Thomas Welsh Sr. 7'0, 255 77 18 120 Yes
Enormous rebounder and rim-protector. Efficiency has fallen off this year, but skilled.
G 4 Jaylen Hands Fr. 6'3, 175 57 23 113 Not At All
Talented combo guard shooting 50% from three this year.
F 0 Alex Olesinski So. 6'10, 200 49 13 130 Kinda
Offensive rebounding specialist is a remarkable 16/20 on twos this year.
F 5 Chris Smith Fr. 6'9, 200 40 21 96 Yes
Makes 50% of twos but little rebounding, poor outside shooting, turnover-prone.

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Hoops Preview: Ohio State

Hoops Preview: Ohio State

Submitted by Ace on December 4th, 2017 at 2:03 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #42 Michigan (7-2) at
#61 Ohio State (6-3)
WHERE Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
WHEN 6:31 pm ET, Monday
LINE OSU -1 (KenPom)
OSU -2 (Bovada)
TV FS1
PBP: Tim Brando
Analyst: Jim Jackson

Right: You're the Them now. [Patrick Barron]

THE US

Michigan gets a two-day turnaround with a road trip to face an Ohio State team also coming off a two-day turnaround with a road trip. The condensed Big Ten schedule with early-December conference games is already impacting the coaches. When asked about Ohio State after the Indiana game, John Beilein said this: "I have no idea what Ohio State's doing. I have no idea."

The good news is Buckeye coach Chris Holtmann, freshly imported from Butler, is probably in the same boat two days after a trip to the Kohl Center. While Michigan essentially cut their rotation to nine players for Saturday's Indiana game, Beilein wouldn't commit to sticking to that group—Jaaron Simmons is still in the mix for minutes and we could see some Ibi Watson if Jordan Poole is a little gassed after essentially doubling his season minute total. Perhaps we'll get more clarity on the rotation tonight; we could also see it expand a bit given the short rest.

Speaking of the Indiana game, I've got a set of gfycats for you to peruse.

Nifty.

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 15 Kam Williams Sr. 6'2, 185 49 16 99 No
39% career three-point shooter off to slow start. Not a PG.
G 2 Musa Jallow Fr. 6'5, 200 59 13 100 Yes
Low usage, good finisher, struggling with outside shot.
F 1 Jae'Sean Tate Sr. 6'4, 230 74 24 103 Yes
Power forward stuck in shorter Charles Barkley's body. Good passer.
F 33 Keita Bates-Diop Jr. 6'7, 235 80 23 117 Not At All
Doing it all: scoring inside and out, rebounding, blocking shots.
C 34 Kaleb Wesson Fr. 6'9, 270 49 22 128 Very
Excellent post scorer, good offensive rebounder, turnover-prone.
G 3 CJ Jackson Jr. 6'1, 175 74 25 101 No
Better shooter than finisher. Turnover-prone for PG.
G 13 Andrew Dakich Sr. 6'2, 190 35 14 103 Kinda
Seriously. Tiny usage, doesn't shoot often, sky-high turnover rate.
F 24 Andre Wesson So. 6'6, 200 31 21 64 Yes
35% three-point shooter last year off to awful start.

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Hoops Preview: Indiana

Hoops Preview: Indiana

Submitted by Ace on December 1st, 2017 at 2:00 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #44 Michigan (6-2) vs
#80 Indiana (4-3)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 12:30 pm ET, Saturday
LINE Michigan -8 (KenPom)
TV CBS
PBP: Carter Blackburn
Analyst: Bill Raftery

Right: TRADITION IS TRADITION [Bryan Fuller]

THE STAKES

You may have forgotten that Jim Delany, in his infinite wisdom, moved the Big Ten Tournament up a week so it could be played in New York City, the geographic center of the conference. This explains why Michigan is playing two conference games in early December, beginning with Saturday afternoon's tilt against Indiana.

Both teams are coming off losses to Carolina powers and could use a pick-me-up, especially one that counts towards the conference win tally.

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 2 Josh Newkirk Sr. 6'1, 195 57 19 110 No
Good outside shooter, turnover issues.
G 1 Aljami Durham Fr. 6'4, 175 67 14 130 No
Low-usage spot-up shooter, promising defender.
G 4 Robert Johnson Sr. 6'3, 195 83 20 112 No
Athletic slasher and efficient catch-and-shoot player.
F 13 Juwan Morgan Jr. 6'7, 230 65 22 127 Yes
Excellent around hoop on both offense and defense.
C 20 De'ron Davis So. 6'10, 249 53 23 128 Very
Really tough to stop in post. Bad FT shooter and foul-prone defender.
G 11 Devonte Green So. 6'3, 186 60 22 92 No
Combo guard shooting well from outside, struggling with turnovers.
F 21 Freddie McSwain Sr. 6'6, 220 31 26 95 Very
Good post defender and shot-blocker, lacks offensive skill.
F 30 Collin Hartman Sr. 6'7, 220 8 18 187 Not At All
Sharpshooter just getting back from another knee injury.

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Hoops Preview: North Carolina

Hoops Preview: North Carolina

Submitted by Ace on November 29th, 2017 at 1:59 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #41 Michigan (6-1) at
#13 North Carolina (5-1)
WHERE Dean Smith Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
WHEN 7:30 pm ET, Wednesday
LINE UNC -8 (KenPom)
UNC -9.5 (Bovada)
TV ESPN
PBP: Bob Wischusen
Analyst: Dick Vitale

THE STAKES

If you were hoping for a Big Ten triumph in the ACC Challenge, it was over almost before it began. Purdue beat Louisville last night; the other six games, including a buzzer-beating finish between Georgia Tech and Northwestern, have gone the ACC's way.

The Big Ten needs a clean sweep for a win. I don't need to run any numbers to tell you that's unlikely.

THE THEM

While the defending national champions have had plenty of turnover, they're still projected to be Michigan's toughest test until January.

UNC took a markedly different approach to early-season scheduling than Michigan; they've already faced five top-100 teams, dispatching four with relative ease, including #29 Arkansas. That got them inside the KenPom top ten for all of one game before Michigan State blew them out 63-45 in the PK80 title game on Sunday. UNC had its worst shooting performance in the history of the program. A dollar says they'll be better tonight.

The Tar Heels are led by 6'8", 240-pound junior big Luke Maye, a hero off the bench in last year's NCAA tournament who's taken well to a much-increased role this year. Capable of scoring in the post or knocking down threes at a 40% clip, he'd fit in really well in Beilein's offense, and he's also an excellent rebounder. His main weakness is at the line, where he's a career 52% shooter.

Point guard Joel Berry is the player you probably best remember from last year's title run. He's struggled to find his shot after missing the early portion of the season with a hand injury; at his best, he's a high-volume three-point gunner and effective pick-and-roll ballhandler. He's joined in the backcourt by sharpshooter Kenny Williams, who's 14-for-25 on threes so far this season.

6'6" wing Theo Pinson is a strong defender who's likely to match up against Charles Matthews. He's a limited offensive player, but his poor outside shot is offset by his ability to finish around the basket. Freshmen Garrison Brooks (6'9" starting four) and Sterling Manley (6'11" backup five) round out the frontcourt. Neither is a huge offensive threat and have some turnover issues; both can make an impact on the boards, especially Manley.

A few young guards—sophomore Seventh Woods and freshmen Andrew Platek and Jarek Felton—should rotate into the game. They're all talented players, as you'd expect at UNC, but only Platek has found much success this year and most of it came against 303rd-ranked Portland.

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NCAA Tournament Preview: Oregon

NCAA Tournament Preview: Oregon

Submitted by Ace on March 23rd, 2017 at 12:21 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #20 Michigan (26-11, 10-8 B1G) vs
#16 Oregon (31-5, 16-2 Pac-12)
WHERE Delicious Barbecue Center
Kansas City, Missouri
WHEN 7:09 pm ET, Thursday
LINE Oregon -1 (KenPom)
Michigan -1.5 (Vegas)
TV CBS
PBP: Kevin Harlan
Analyst: Reggie Miller & Dan Bonner

Right: I can't possibly hate on Puddles, even if Oregon won't acknowledge that's his real name.

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THE US

John Beilein gave a very John Beilein quote yesterday:

Q. This came up in Indiana and it seems to with you a lot this time of year. For casual fans outside the midwest you're not as appreciated as the brand name coaches, Krzyzewski, Williams, Calipari, Pitino and Boeheim. Do you care?

JOHN BEILEIN: I don't care. Our program is about Michigan and it's about those kids. I don't care about that. I came up a lot different than everybody else and I am blessed to be in these situations. I don't want to be measured by those. I would love to be measured by, what are those kids like on the court and how they represent our university and what are they like many years later and not about the trophies. The trophies will come.

I just wanted to teach social studies and be a high school coach, and somehow it morphed to this. But I really want it to be about those teams and the University of Michigan.

Perhaps the most John Beilein quote, really.

Anyway, the topic of Michigan's great performances so far in neutral-site games came up in MGoSlack this morning, and I ventured over to Bart Torvik's site to see just how the Wolverines stacked up to the rest of the country in such games:

Limited sample size and all: hot damn. Oregon is 31st with a 7-2 record, 117.0 adjOE, and 93.7 adjDE.

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 31 Dylan Ennis Sr. 6'2, 195 79 19 110 No
Athletic grad transfer with solid outside shot, higher TO than assist rate.
G 3 Payton Pritchard Fr. 6'2, 200 72 16 113 No
Takes more threes than twos, decent assist rate that just edges out TO rate.
G 5 Tyler Dorsey So. 6'4, 195 74 21 116 Not At All
Dangerous catch-and-shoot threat has 20+ points in five straight games.
F 24 Dillon Brooks Jr. 6'7, 225 54 31 115 Not At All
Can and will score from anywhere. Offense runs through him.
F 1 Jordan Bell Jr. 6'9, 225 72 19 120 Very
Excellent finisher, rebounder, shot-blocker. Skilled passer from high post.
G 2 Casey Benson Jr. 6'3, 185 52 12 120 Not At All
Low usage. Turnover prone for a Just A Shooter™ type.
C 35 Kavell Bigby-Williams Jr. 6'11, 230 23 20 99 Very
Good rebounder and shot-blocker, but huge downgrade from Bell on offense.
F 11 Keith Smith Fr. 6'7, 205 11 19 107 Very
Hasn't played >6 mins since January. Tight rotation with Boucher out.

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NCAA Tournament Preview: Louisville

NCAA Tournament Preview: Louisville

Submitted by Ace on March 18th, 2017 at 4:10 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #21 Michigan (25-11, 10-8 B1G) vs
#8 Louisville (25-8, 12-6 ACC)
WHERE The Nets Are On Fire Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, Indiana
WHEN 12:10 pm ET, Sunday
LINE Louisville -3 (KenPom)
Louisville -2.5 (Vegas)
TV CBS
PBP: Jim Nantz
Analyst: Bill Raftery & Grant Hill

Right: If John Beilein is head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Rick Pitino coaches the Monstars. [Bryan Fuller]

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THE US


[Marc-Gregor Campredon]

Feelin' pretty good.

THE LAST TIME

It was clean. Brian wrote notes from a rooftop. I attempted to contextualize. Beilein will apparently bring it up during film study:

Diplomatically put.

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 4 Quentin Snider Jr. 6'2, 175 64 21 116 Not At All
Good distributor, excellent three-point shooter, iffy finisher inside arc.
G 45 Donovan Mitchell So. 6'3, 195 80 23 114 No
Top scoring option has 46/35/92 (2P%/3P%/FT%) shooting splits. Pesky defender.
F 22 Deng Adel So. 6'7, 200 72 20 111 No
Lanky wing is primarily a spot-up shooter in halfcourt. Good transition finisher.
F 10 Jaylen Johnson Jr. 6'9, 230 51 20 116 Yes
Great offensive rebounder, strong finisher at the rim, iffy foul shooter.
C 12 Mangok Mathiang Sr. 6'10, 220 50 20 112 Very
Another great rebounder, rim protector. Lacks touch around rim of other L'ville bigs.
F 13 Ray Spalding So. 6'10, 215 48 18 108 Very
Another great rebounder, rim protector. Hits 61% of FGs, 55% of FTs.
C 14 Anas Mahmoud Jr. 7'0, 215 42 16 110 Very
Boasts nation's #4 block rate. Good rebounder and finisher, awful FT shooter.
F 0 VJ King Fr. 6'6, 190 33 20 112 No
Good outside shooter and finisher, takes too many 2-pt jumpers.

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NCAA Tournament Preview: Oklahoma State

NCAA Tournament Preview: Oklahoma State

Submitted by Ace on March 16th, 2017 at 2:38 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #20 Michigan (24-11, 10-8 B1G) vs
#24 Oklahoma State (20-13, 9-9 B12)
WHERE The BTT Should've Been Here Arena
Indianapolis, Indiana
WHEN 12:15 pm ET, Friday
LINE Michigan -1 (KenPom)
Michigan -2.5 (Vegas)
TV CBS
PBP: Jim Nantz
Analyst: Bill Raftery & Grant Hill

Right: Stare into the abyss that is Pistol Pete's face.

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THE US

There's blissfully little to discuss in this section. I've closed the Bracket Matrix tab for the first time in weeks, if not months. The team has safely arrived in Indianapolis. Michigan is not dealing with any significant injuries.

Win The Game.

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 1 Jawun Evans So. 6'1, 185 70 33 117 No
Speedy, ball-dominant PG. Streaky outside shooter, at best going to rim.
G 13 Phil Forte Sr. 5'11, 195 78 16 130 Not At All
Three-point sharpshooter with range well beyond the arc.
G 30 Jeffrey Carroll Jr. 6'6, 215 73 23 129 Not At All
Do-it-all wing scores efficiently inside and out. Good rebounder.
F 23 Leyton Hammonds Sr. 6'8, 215 57 16 130 No
Stretch four shooting 34% from three.
F 41 Mitchell Solomon Jr. 6'9, 245 50 16 115 Very
Great offensive rebounder, good rim protector, foul-prone. Gets easy buckets.
F 12 Cameron McGriff Fr. 6'7, 210 39 15 103 Yes
TO-prone, iffy-shooting bit player salvages ORtg with sky-high FT rate.
G 0 Brandon Averette Fr. 5'11, 175 37 21 95 No
Efficient scorer on low usage, but turnovers a consistent problem.
G 24 Davon Dillard So. 6'5, 215 24 21 109 Not At All
Glue guy who can score. Weakness is—surprise!—turnovers.

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Big Ten Tournament Preview: Wisconsin

Big Ten Tournament Preview: Wisconsin

Submitted by Ace on March 11th, 2017 at 11:54 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #24 Michigan (23-11, 10-8 B1G) vs
#17 Wisconsin (25-8, 12-6)
WHERE A Full-ish Arena, Maybe?
Washington DC
WHEN 3 pm ET, Sunday
LINE Wisconsin -1 (KenPom)
Wisconsin -1 (Vegas)
TV CBS
PBP: Jim Nantz
Analysts: Bill Raftery & Grant Hill

Right: Zak Irvin's 18 points helped Michigan even the season series at the Crisler Center. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

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THE US

It's going pretty well.

Michigan has pulled themselves off the 8/9 line, moving up to a seven-seed on the Bracket Matrix and as high as a six-seed on some recent updates, including Joe Lunardi's. While they probably can't vault to a five-seed, a win should solidify their standing as a six-seed, which would allow them to avoid a one- or two-seed in the first weekend of the tournament. They shouldn't drop lower than a seven even with a loss.

THE LAST TIME

Michigan avenged a 68-64 defeat at the Kohl Center with a 64-58 victory at Crisler. Zak Irvin snapped out of an ugly slump with 18 points, Moe Wagner dropped 20 points and one thunderslam on Zak Showalter, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had a pivotal four-point play to highlight a 12-point outing. For Wisconsin, Ethan Happ torched Michigan in the first half, then went quiet in the second as the Wolverines adjusted their defense, throwing more double-teams his way.

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 24 Bronson Koenig Sr. 6'3, 190 74 21 116 Not At All
Obnoxiously Clutch Wisconsin Guard.
First matchup: 32 mins, 16 pts (2/5 2P, 3/5 3P), 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 to
Second matchup: DNP-injured
G 3 Zak Showalter Sr. 6'3, 185 72 14 125 Not At All
Barely shoots but very efficient when he does, low assist rate, good defender.
First matchup: 28 mins, 6 pts (3/3 2P), 5 reb (1 off), 3 ast, 1 blk
Second matchup: 35 mins, 8 pts (1/4 2P, 1/3 3P), 8 reb (4 off), 1 to
F 30 Vitto Brown Sr. 6'8, 235 52 20 99 Kinda
Good defender and rebounder, streaky shooter, turnover-prone.
First matchup: 26 mins, 13 pts (4/7 2P, 1/4 3P), 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl
Second matchup: 18 mins, 0 pts (0/3 2P, 0/2 3P), 3 reb
F 10 Nigel Hayes Sr. 6'8, 240 79 25 108 Kinda
Great in semis, but hasn't been very efficient this year. Still effective in post.
First matchup: 38 mins, 13 pts (3/7 2P, 1/4 3P), 6 reb (3 off), 3 ast, 1 to, 1 stl
Second matchup: 33 mins, 6 pts (3/7 2P), 5 reb (1 off), 1 ast, 2 to, 2 blk, 1 stl
C 20 Ethan Happ So. 6'10, 232 68 28 113 Very
Efficient, high-usage post scorer, passes well, dismal FT%, great defender.
First matchup: 27 mins, 11 pts (5/13 2P), 6 reb (4 off), 3 ast, 3 to, 2 blk, 2 stl
Second matchup: 30 mins, 22 pts (10/13 2P), 6 reb (2 off), 6 ast, 3 to, 1 blk, 2 stl
G 0 D'Mitrik Trice Fr. 6'0, 178 46 18 110 No
Travis' younger brother. Started season hot from 3P, went cold in B1G play.
First matchup: 14 mins, 4 pts (1/1 3P), 3 reb, 1 to, 1 stl
Second matchup: 35 mins, 9 pts (1/9 2P, 1/6 3P), 5 reb, 4 ast, 2 to, 2 stl
G 11 Jordan Hill Jr. 6'4, 172 23 10 100 Kinda
Tiny usage, iffy shot.
First matchup: 13 mins, 5 pts (1/2 2P), 1 reb
Second matchup: 22 mins, 3 pts (1/4 3P), 2 reb (1 off), 1 ast, 1 to, 1 blk
G 1 Brevin Pritzl Fr. 6'3, 195 13 15 108 Kinda
Decent when going to basket, less so when taking outside shot.
First matchup: DNP-CD
Second matchup: DNP-CD
F 25 Alex Illikainen So. 6'9, 232 16 12 102 Yeah
Bit player who mostly stays out of the way.
First matchup: 9 mins, 0 pts (0/2 3P), 2 reb
Second matchup: 4 mins, 0 pts (0/1 2P, 0/1 3P), 1 reb (1 off)
G 21 Khalil Iverson (out) So. 6'5, 212 35 16 103 Kinda
Athletic backup guard will miss game due to death in family.
First matchup: 11 mins, 0 pts, 1 to
Second matchup: 22 mins, 10 pts (5/7 2P), 4 reb (1 off), 1 to, 1 blk

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Big Ten Tournament Preview: Minnesota

Big Ten Tournament Preview: Minnesota

Submitted by Ace on March 10th, 2017 at 7:52 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #23 Michigan (22-11, 10-8 B1G) vs
#33 Minnesota (24-8, 11-7)
WHERE A Half-Empty Arena
Washington DC
WHEN 1 pm ET, Saturday
LINE Michigan -3 (KenPom)
Michigan -3 (Vegas)
TV CBS
PBP: Jim Nantz
Analysts: Bill Raftery & Grant Hill

Right: Michigan lost a close, whistle-marred game in overtime at Minnesota in February. [Patrick Barron]

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THE US

Moe Wagner sported a wrap on his back during today's game. He told MLive's Brendan Quinn that it's not an issue:

There was concern that Wagner hurt himself when he collided with an official in the second half against Purdue, but he'd been wearing the back pad the whole game. Hopefully the tightness doesn't linger into tomorrow.

THE LAST TIME

In the only meeting this season, Minnesota needed overtime and 41 free-throw attempts, the most ever against one of Beilein's Michigan teams, to finish off the Wolverines 83-78 in The Barn. All five Michigan starters scored in double figures, but Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin both had ineffecient performances. Jordan Murphy's 16 points and 15 rebounds led the way for the Gophers. The post-Minnesota mailbag has aged rather well.

The officiating was, um, a factor. Let's leave it at that.

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 2 Nate Mason Jr. 6'2, 190 84 25 106 Not At All
Good passer, volume scorer who shoots better on threes (38%) than twos (38%).
First matchup: 43 mins, 13 pts (2/10 2P, 1/3 3P, 6/9 FT), 4 reb (1 off), 8 ast, 2 to
G 1 Dupree McBrayer So. 6'5, 190 66 20 107 No
Good outside shooter, iffy finisher drawn into lineup with Akeem Springs out.
First matchup: 30 mins, 15 pts (1/6 2P, 2/3 3P, 7/8 FT), 1 reb, 2 to, 1 blk, 1 stl
G 5 Amir Coffey Fr. 6'8, 195 78 19 107 No
After ugly start, shot 42% on threes in B1G. Decent finisher w/ high FT rate.
First matchup: 38 mins, 9 pts (0/3 2P, 1/1 3P, 6/6 FT), 4 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 1 blk, 1 stl
F 3 Jordan Murphy So. 6'6, 240 66 22 102 Very
Good rebounder, shot-blocker, inside finisher. High FT rate, bad FT shooter.
First matchup: 36 mins, 16 pts (7/12 2P, 0/1 3P, 2/5 FT), 15 reb (4 off)
C 22 Reggie Lynch Jr. 6'10, 260 54 19 103 Very
Deserving B1G defensive POY. Athletic finisher, can be turnover-prone.
First matchup: 13 mins, 11 pts (4/4 2P, 3/4 FT), 8 reb (3 off), 1 to, 1 stl
F 24 Eric Curry Fr. 6'9, 235 49 17 101 Very
Good rebounder, decent inside scorer, takes bad-idea jumpers.
First matchup: 35 mins, 12 pts (5/5 2P, 0/1 3P), 5 reb (1 off), 1 ast
C 21 Bakary Konate Jr. 6'11, 235 24 12 92 Very
Good shot-blocker, foul-prone, only offense is putbacks.
First matchup: 6 mins, 0 pts (0/1 2P), 3 reb (1 off), 1 ast, 2 to
F 42 Michael Hurt Fr. 6'7, 200 11 10 83 Very
Has played double-digit minutes once in B1G. 2/14 on threes.
First matchup: DNP-CD

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Big Ten Tournament Preview: Purdue

Big Ten Tournament Preview: Purdue

Submitted by Ace on March 9th, 2017 at 6:54 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #25 Michigan (21-11, 10-8 B1G) vs
#14 Purdue (25-6, 14-4)
WHERE A Half-Full Arena
Washington DC
WHEN Noon ET, Friday
LINE Purdue -2 (KenPom)
Purdue -2.5 (Vegas)
TV ESPN
PBP: Dave Flemming
Analyst: Dan Dakich

Right: Purdue couldn't hang with Michigan on Senior Day. [Bryan Fuller]

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THE US

If you missed it, the Illinois recap is here.

Michigan's normal uniforms may still be on the crashed plane, so it's looking like they'll be outfitted in their practice jerseys again tomorrow:

I'm all for wearing these the rest of the tourney regardless of the availability of the regular uniforms.

THE LAST TIME

The lone matchup between these teams in the regular season came on Senior Day at Crisler. The battle of the big men took center stage, and Michigan won it with authority despite an 18-point evening by Caleb Swanigan. Michigan's five-out offense forced Swanigan into an uncomfortable role on defense; Moe Wagner scored 24 points in 27 minutes, going 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. Isaac Haas, meanwhile, was forced to sit for most of the game because Michigan could exploit him and Swanigan in space to the point that Purdue was forced into switching on every screen.

Derrick Walton, Duncan Robinson, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman also finished in double figures for Michigan. Purdue got a strong boost from freshman wing Carsen Edwards, who was benched heading into the game in favor of Ryan Cline; Edwards scored 18, the only time in the last six games he's posted double-digit points.

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 11 PJ Thompson Jr. 5'10, 185 70 12 130 Not At All
Very efficient, low-usage PG. Majority of shots are threes. Strong defender.
First matchup: 27 mins, 7 pts (3/4 2P, 0/1 3P), 2 reb, 1 to
G 14 Ryan Cline So. 6'5, 190 46 12 120 Not At All
Just A Shooter™, makes 41% of his threes.
First matchup: 26 mins, 2 pts (1/2 2P, 0/2 3P), 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl
G 31 Dakota Mathias Jr. 6'4, 200 77 15 125 Not At All
Three-point sniper is 2nd B1G in eFG%. Good assist rate but has turnover issues.
First machup: 31 mins, 4 pts (2/4 2P, 0/2 3P), 4 reb (1 off), 2 ast, 1 stl
F 12 Vincent Edwards Jr. 6'8, 225 71 21 120 Not At All
Does a bit of everything on offense, good defender.
First matchup: 38 mins, 13 pts (5/9 2P, 0/1 3P), 5 reb (2 off), 3 ast, 1 to, 1 blk, 1 stl
F 50 Caleb Swanigan So. 6'9, 250 79 28 115 Not At All
NPOY candidate. Beast in post, three-point range, great rebounder.
First matchup: 31 mins, 18 pts (7/8 2P, 1/3 3P), 5 reb (2 off), 5 to
C 44 Isaac Haas Jr. 7'2, 290 49 30 106 Very
Behemoth. Strong post scorer, rebounder, shot-blocker.
First matchup: 11 mins, 8 pts (4/10 2P), 6 reb (3 off), 1 to
G 3 Carsen Edwards Fr. 6'0, 190 58 25 94 No
Solid outside shooter, poor finisher. Can be turnover-prone.
First matchup: 24 mins, 18 pts (3/8 2P, 4/6 3P), 4 reb (2 off), 1 ast, 2 to, 1 stl
G 55 Spike Albrecht Sr. 6'0, 180 25 10 115 Yes*
Still not right after hip stuff. Tiny usage, only 5-for-24 on threes this year.
First matchup: 12 mins, 0 pts (0/1 3P), 2 ast

*Man, that still hurts to type.

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