Preview: Minnesota

Preview: Minnesota

Submitted by Ace on January 20th, 2016 at 4:42 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (13-5, 3-2 B1G) vs
Minnesota (6-12, 0-6)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 8:30 pm ET, Wednesday
LINE Michigan -17 (KenPom)
TV BTN
PBP: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Stephen Bardo

Right: This could probably suffice as the game preview. [Eric Upchurch/MGoBlog]

THE US

We're going to have to wait at least one more game for Caris LeVert's return:

But with just one practice between Michigan’s games against Iowa and Minnesota and Beilein’s stated desire to see LeVert practice at least two days in a row before playing him, the coach does not expect the Wolverines’ leading scorer to play Wednesday.

“We continue to get encouraging news about Caris,” Beilein said. “He’s doing more and more right now, on and off the court. We expect on and off the court, going forward, (but) have no (return) date yet.”

“I would assume (he will not play Wednesday). We’ve only got one day to measure (the injury).”

LeVert hasn't done more than "light shooting" in practice at this point; it might be a week or two before he's ready to suit up again. The good news is Michigan has hit a four-game stretch of their schedule in which they should be able to weather his absence.

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 SIBMIHHAT
G 2 Nate Mason So. 6'2, 185 78 23 Kinda
Good assist:turnover, 82% FT shooter, inefficient from the field.
G 1 Dupree McBrayer Fr. 6'4, 195 46 19 Yes
Started last two games. Shooting 32% on twos and 14% on threes.
F 3 Jordan Murphy Fr. 6'6, 230 60 25 Kinda
Top-100 rebounder on both ends, decent shot-blocker, 53% on twos.
F 24 Joey King Sr. 6'9, 240 77 17 No
Deadeye outside shooter also getting to the line. Not great inside arc.
C 21 Bakary Konate So. 6'11, 235 51 14 Very
Good finisher/rebounder/shot-blocker, somewhat foul- and TO-prone.
G 11 Carlos Morris Sr. 6'5, 185 69 23 No
40% three-point shooter, otherwise quite inefficient.
F 23 Charles Buggs Jr. 6'9, 230 49 14 No
Stretch four who can shoot, but doesn't have much impact otherwise.
G 4 Kevin Dorsey Fr. 6'0, 185 42 25 Yes
Draws a lot of fouls and hits FTs, but has been atrocious from the field.

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Preview: Iowa

Preview: Iowa

Submitted by Ace on January 16th, 2016 at 1:50 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (13-4, 3-1 B1G) at
Iowa (13-3, 4-0)
WHERE Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, Iowa
WHEN 4:30 pm ET, Sunday
LINE Iowa -11 (KenPom)
TV BTN
PBP: Jeff Levering
Analyst: John Crispin

Right: Obligatory Franpic. [Bryan Fuller/MGoBlog]

THE US

I hoped waiting until today to write the preview would provide clarity on Caris LeVert's situation, but as of this writing his availability is unknown:

Michigan coach John Beilein provided little update on the Wolverines' injured senior star on Friday, other than to say that LeVert's injury, which the program has only described as a lower-left leg injury, would be tested on Friday.

"Caris will go through a series of tests today, again, to see where he is," Beilein said during an afternoon press conference previewing the Wolverines' weekend trip to Iowa (13-3, 4-0 Big Ten). "If he tests with no pain, he'll begin the process of practicing. If he tests with pain, then he'll just be doing some things that will help his healing."

No word yet on how those tests went; I'm guessing we won't know if he's a go until warmups.

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 SIBMIHHAT
G 10 Mike Gesell Sr. 6'2, 190 72 21 No
#11 assist rate nationally, low-volume but effective shooter.
G 5 Anthony Clemmons Sr. 6'2, 200 69 17 Not Really
Unremarkable SG has improved finishing but outside shot is iffy (32% 3P).
G 14 Peter Jok Jr. 6'6, 205 57 26 No
Good athlete with solid jumper. 4th in B1G in steal rate.
F 20 Jarrod Uthoff Sr. 6'9, 221 73 26 No
2nd in KPOY standings. 50/45/81 shooting splits, 17th nationally in block rate.
C 34 Adam Woodbury Sr. 7'1, 250 59 18 Very
Plus rebounder, skilled around the basket, might poke you in the eye.
F 25 Dom Uhl So. 6'9, 215 45 18 No
Backup big hits 52% of threes, hits offensive boards, has decent block rate.
F 51 Nicholas Baer R-Fr. 6'7, 200 39 15 No
Efficient gunner (58% 2P, 49% 3P) also posts solid rebounding numbers.
G 24 Brady Ellington R-Fr. 6'4, 190 29 14 Kinda
Just A Shooter™? 10/33 on threes... and 14/14 on twos.

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Preview: Maryland

Preview: Maryland

Submitted by Ace on January 12th, 2016 at 4:31 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (12-4, 2-1 B1G) vs
Maryland (15-1, 4-0)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 9 pm ET, Tuesday
LINE Michigan -1 (KenPom)
TV ESPN
PBP: Mike Tirico
Analyst: Dick Vitale

Right: Testudo shows off his hops. [Patrick Barron/MGoBlog]

THE US

Caris LeVert's "lower leg" injury that occurred in the Illinois game is probably going to keep him off the court for a third straight game, according to John Beilein:

“You all want your Caris update, which it seems like we’ve been having the injury report here for three years,” Beilein said on Monday. “So the injury report is that there is less pain every day, less yesterday, we elected to not have him still practice yesterday to let the healing try to complete itself.

“I’m not optimistic about tomorrow. The longer it goes, the more he’s going to need 2 to 3 days of practice, or he won’t be ready of he could risk further injury. That’s all I’ve got to say, and that’s all I prefer to say.”

Decreasing pain levels is a good sign; Beilein pulling LeVert from practice and not putting a timeline on his return is not. If LeVert can't go against Iowa on Sunday, Michigan may want to consider giving him extended time off to fully recover; their subsequent four games are MINN, @NEB, RUT, @PSU, the easiest remaining stretch on the schedule.

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 SIBMIHHAT
G 2 Melo Trimble So. 6'3, 185 77 25 No
Efficient everywhere, lethal on pick-and-roll, tough to stop w/o fouling.
G 0 Rasheed Sulaimon Sr. 6'4, 190 79 18 No
Duke transfer takes half his shots beyond the arc, makes half of them.
F 10 Jake Layman Sr. 6'9, 220 74 17 No
Stretch forward can spread the floor, finish inside. Disruptive defender.
F 4 Robert Carter Jr. 6'9, 235 63 25 Yes
Burly PF posts great DReb and block rates, hits 64% of his twos.
C 35 Damonte Dodd Jr. 6'11, 250 40 14 Very
Good finisher and off. rebounder. Turnovers are a big issue.
C 33 Diamond Stone Fr. 6'11, 255 51 29 Very
5-star gets most of C minutes. Great rebounder, finisher, shot-blocker.
F 11 Jared Nickens So. 6'7, 205 54 14 No
76 of his 90 FGAs have been threes, making them at 37% clip.
C 15 Michal Cekovsky So. 7'1, 250 27 16 Very
Much like Dodd, decent finisher but TOs/fouls limit effectiveness.

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Preview: Purdue

Preview: Purdue

Submitted by Ace on January 7th, 2016 at 3:09 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (12-3, 2-0 B1G) at
Purdue (13-2, 1-1)
WHERE Mackey Arena
West Lafeyette, Indiana
WHEN 7 pm ET, Thursday
LINE Purdue -9 (KenPom)
TV ESPNU
PBP: Adam Amin
Analyst: Craig Robinson

Right: Purdue Pete struggles to cope with 2013 Michigan's talent [Fuller].

THE US

Caris LeVert returned to practice yesterday after a one-game absence following his rolled ankle against Illinois. His pain level will determine if he's able to give it a go tonight:

“He’s been trying to do different things,” Beilein said. “Caris will be out there in practice today, and we’ll see how he does. If he is not able to do it without pain, he will not play. If he plays without pain, he’ll be in there.”

Beilein noted that LeVert will continue to try in practices until he’s healthy, including Thursday’s pregame shootaround in West Lafayette, and said that he will warm up tomorrow and see how he feels before a decision is made.

LeVert's presence is of paramount importance against the top-ranked defensive squad in the country.

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 SIBMIHHAT
G 3 PJ Thompson So. 5'10, 188 54 12 No
Low usage, decent outside shooter, solid assist:turnover ratio.
G 35 Rapheal Davis Sr. 6'6, 217 48 18 No
Reigning B1G DPOY has developed into plus shooter. True lockdown guy.
F 12 Vince Edwards So 6'8, 225 61 19 No
Inside-outside threat boasts team's highest assist rate.
F 50 Caleb Swanigan Fr. 6'9, 250 68 24 Not really
Heralded freshman is beast on boards, still finding consistency on offense.
C 20 AJ Hammons Sr. 7'0, 250 48 26 Very
Living up to his potential: monster rebounder and shot-blocker, shooting 62%.
C 44 Isaac Haas So. 7'2, 282 42 29 Very
If Hammons was bigger and looked like Ivan Drago, he'd be Isaac Haas.
G 31 Dakota Mathias So. 6'4, 200 48 14 No
Just A Shooter™, hits 35% of his threes.
G 1 Johnny Hill Sr. 6'3, 187 45 17 Very
Strong finisher for a PG, but lost starting gig due to TOs and lack of 3P shot.
G 21 Kendall Stephens Jr. 6'7, 205 42 22 Not really
High-volume gunner off the bench but only making 33% of threes.

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Preview: Penn State

Preview: Penn State

Submitted by Ace on January 2nd, 2016 at 10:18 AM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (11-3, 1-0 B1G) vs
Penn State (9-5, 0-1)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN Noon ET, Saturday
LINE Michigan -11 (KenPom)
TV BTN
PBP: Jeff Levering
Analyst: Shon Morris

Right: WHY ARE OLD MASCOTS ALL SO SAD?

THE US

After Mark Donnal's superlative performance against Illinois, John Beilein is willing to make changes to the rotation if Donnal—or any of the other centers—can produce consistently:

At some point, someone has to lock down the center position. [Donnal] could be on the verge of doing so.

"Is he better coming off the bench? Is he better starting?" Beilein asked rhetorically. "When anybody puts on that type of performance — and he'd been doing it the last week or so in practice before we went on (holiday) break and when we came back, especially when we came back — we're thinking about changing, whether it's the starting lineup or the rotation. It's all in the mix right now."

They'll face a true seven-footer in PSU's Jordan Dickerson today, which should help bring some clarity to the situation heading into Thursday's game at Purdue.

UPDATE: Donnal is starting, but Michigan announced moments ago that Caris LeVert will miss the game with a lower-leg injury of some sort:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball head coach John Beilein announced this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 2), senior guard Caris LeVert will sit out the Wolverines game against Penn State with a lower left leg injury.

"Caris will miss today's game and his future status will be determined on a day-to-day basis," said Beilein. "We hope to know more this upcoming week as he continues with his treatment."

LeVert appeared to tweak his left ankle late in the Illinois game, and while he continued to play he limped around a bit. Hopefully this isn't anything major, especially with Purdue looming later this week.

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 SIBMIHHAT
G 33 Shep Garner So. 6'1, 185 87 22 No
Nominal point is more of a scorer. Shooting better from 3 than 2.
G 23 Josh Reaves Fr. 6'4, 190 63 20 Yes
Good block and steal rates, struggling offensively. 3/29 on threes.
F 0 Payton Banks So. 6'6, 220 75 22 Yes
Decent finisher and rebounder, very iffy outside shooter.
F 10 Brandon Taylor Sr. 6'6, 225 77 29 No
Huge usage, middling efficiency (48/36/68 shooting splits).
C 32 Jordan Dickerson Sr. 7'1, 245 45 11 Very
Top-ten block rate, excellent offensive rebounder, low usage.
G 3 Devin Foster Sr. 6'2, 205 45 12 No
Low usage, bad finisher (10/27 2P) and FT shooter, turnover-prone.
C 44 Julian Moore So. 6'10, 235 40 17 Very
Good rebounder and decent rim-protector but not on Dickerson's level.
F 1 Deividas Zemgulis Fr. 6'6, 220 20 16 Not Really
Effective scorer in limited minutes.

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Preview: Illinois

Preview: Illinois

Submitted by Ace on December 30th, 2015 at 12:09 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (10-3, 0-0 B1G) at
Illinois (8-5, 0-0 B1G)
WHERE State Farm Center
Champaign, Illinois
WHEN 3 pm ET, Wednesday
LINE Michigan -3 (KenPom)
TV ESPN2
PBP: Dave Lamont
Analyst: Dan Dakich

Right: HOW IS THIS RELEVANT IN 2015? STAY TUNED.

THE US

John Beilein updated us on Zak Irvin's injury situation during his media availability yesterday. The takeaway is not ideal:

John Beilein was asked Tuesday if junior guard Zak Irvin is back to 100 percent yet after offseason back surgery. He responded with some unexpected reality.

"I don't think he's going to be at 100 percent the whole year — from where he left off last year," Beilein said. "I think another summer of getting his body right again will probably get him back to 100 percent where he was."

Irvin finally broke out of his three-point shooting slump against Bryant, but if his back is going to continue bothering him, shooting consistently from the outside is going to be difficult.

THE MUMPS

AHHHHHH ILLINOIS HAS THEM

GET DOYLE QUARANTINED STAT

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 SIBMIHHAT
G 1 Jaylon Tate Jr. 6'3, 170 27 13 Yes
Barely involved: 13% usage, 8% shot. Bad shooter, turnover- and foul-prone.
G 5 Jalen Coleman-Lands Fr. 6'3, 180 56 19 No
Has made 42.0% of his 69 3-point attempts. Nice. Rarely ventures inside arc.
G 25 Kendrick Nunn Jr. 6'3, 190 53 22 No
Efficient scorer (52/42/80 shooting splits) leaned on heavily since return from injury.
G 21 Malcolm Hill Jr. 6'6, 220 88 26 Not really
Versatile player on both ends; offense runs thru him. Impressive midrange game.
F 43 Michael Finke R-Fr. 6'10, 220 52 19 No
Inside-outside threat: 66% 2-pt, 44% 3-pt. Low rebound #s, not a rim protector.
G 23 Aaron Jordan Fr. 6'5, 190 34 16 No
Takes twice as many threes as twos, hits 36% of them.
C 22 Maverick Morgan Jr. 6'10, 245 31 21 Very
Decent finisher, but turnover issues and underwhelming rebounding.

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Preview: Bryant

Preview: Bryant

Submitted by Ace on December 23rd, 2015 at 2:48 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (9-3) vs
Bryant (2-9)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 7 pm ET, Wednesday
LINE Michigan -23 (KenPom)
TV BTN
PBP: Jeff Levering
Analyst: Stephen Bardo

Right: If Bryant doesn't bring Tupper to tonight's game they deserve to lose by 50. [Photo: Tupper's Twitter]

THE US

DJ Wilson made a surprise appearance in garbage time against Youngstown State, so aside from the loss of Spike Albrecht this team is back at full strength. 

Despite the injury issues, the rotation has taken shape over the course of the last few weeks, and tonight's final tune-up before Big Ten play should provide a preview of how John Beilein will utilize the bench even though another blowout is expected.

Meanwhile, Albrecht's father is quoted in a report from the Post-Tribune saying Spike will pursue a medical redshirt and he "think(s) he'll play" next season. While that opens the door for a return to Michigan, the Wolverines are currently oversigned by one player for 2016-17; transferring elsewhere for a grad year is a more likely option. MLive's Brendan Quinn caught up with the elder Albrecht to get further details:

According to Chuck Albrecht, there has been no conversation with Beilein about scholarships or the future — the issues that stirred a small sea of speculation on Tuesday night.

"No, we haven't talked, but we know the facts," Chuck Albrecht said. "We know they're over one scholarship. We know these things and we follow these things. We know there's a top point guard (Xavier Simpson) going in there next year. Those are facts that we know.

"But no, Spike hasn't sat down with coach Beilein, but I'm sure that'll happen sometime."

Another year at Michigan hasn't been ruled out, even if it appears unlikely; neither has a grad transfer or even playing pro ball overseas.

THE THEM

Michigan has beaten three opponents by 50+ points this season. As the #329 team on KenPom, and one that runs a lot of 2-3 zone, Bryant may very well be the fourth.

Senior point guard Shane McLaughlin is the team's primary distributor with 44 assists, 30 more than any other Bulldog, but his 33 turnovers are a serious issue. Shooting splits of 50/29/38 (yes, that's 38% from the line) aren't helping much, either.

Fellow starting guards Hunter Ware and Nisre Zouzoua both stand at 6'2" and take a little under half their shots from outside the arc, shooting 32% and 34% on three-pointers, respectively. Ware is the team's leading scorer by virtue of being much more efficient on two-pointers (48% to 36%), while Zouzoua is more likely to get to the line. Incredibly, Zouzoua (83% FT) is the only Bulldog to make more than two-thirds of his free throws, and one of just two regulars to crack 60%.

6'6", 215-pound starting four Dan Garvin is an good rebounder and shot-blocker; he also serves as the team's highest-usage offensive option. That latter bit hasn't gone so well. He's shooting 40% on twos, hit one of eight threes, and is languishing at 55% from the line.

Starting in the middle is 6'5", 250-pound true freshman Marcel Pettway; that height/weight listing is not a typo. Despite being quite undersized, Pettway has managed to make an impact on the boards, and he even posted a 15-point, 12-rebound effort against Georgetown, albeit in a game the Hoyas won by 30. Pettway has only four blocks this season despite manning the middle of a 2-3 zone; Michigan should be able to attack the basket without too much resistance.

Bryant's sixth man is 6'7" wing Bosko Kostur, who takes over half his shots from downtown while connecting on 25% of them. The primary backup big, Gus Riley, is a stretch-four type also making only 25% of his threes while posting a paltry 8.5% mark on the defensive boards; that should explain why a 6'5" freshman starts in the post.

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Preview: Youngstown State

Preview: Youngstown State

Submitted by Ace on December 18th, 2015 at 1:35 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (8-3) vs
Youngstown State (5-6)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 6 pm ET, Saturday
LINE Michigan -19 (KenPom)
TV ESPN3
PBP: Dan Gutowsky
Analyst: Kyle Macy

Right: This week in bizarre, surprisingly sad mascot histories.

THE US

In a pleasant change, Michigan probably won't need to reconfigure their lineup from Tuesday's win over Northern Kentucky. For those who missed it, that starting lineup was Derrick Walton, Caris LeVert, Duncan Robinson, Zak Irvin, and Ricky Doyle; Mark Donnal and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman were the two primary backups as John Beilein made a concerted effort to whittle down the rotation before Big Ten play begins.

As has been the case for the past couple games, the intrigue tomorrow will come from how Beilein handles the rotation. Aubrey Dawkins, Moritz Wagner, and Kam Chatman played a combined eight minutes on Tuesday; I'd assume at least one gets a more prominent role—a seven-man rotation is a little light—and the best guess is Dawkins and Wagner see a slight uptick in minutes:

DJ Wilson is back at practice but isn't yet going full-court, so he'll remain out tonight.

THE RESUME

Youngstown State has lost to every team they've played within KenPom's top 280 teams; they have three wins against the dregs of D-I and two more against Thiel and Geneva, which... are not D-I. They haven't played an opponent that's comparable to Michigan; their only top-100 foe was #3 Purdue, which they lost to 95-64 last weekend.

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Preview: Northern Kentucky

Preview: Northern Kentucky

Submitted by Ace on December 15th, 2015 at 3:19 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (7-3) vs
Northern Kentucky (2-5)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 7 pm ET, Tuesday
LINE Michigan -18 (KenPom)
TV BTN
PBP: Dave Revsine
Analyst: Stephen Bardo

Right: Victor E. Viking follows the Golden Rule of Twitter: Never Tweet. [Photo]

THE US

Derrick Walton is expected to return to the court tonight, though it's unclear if he'll start or come off the bench. His minutes will probably be limited either way against another overmatched opponent. DJ Wilson, meanwhile, is out tonight with a similar injury to Walton's and might not get back on the court for another week or two.

THE RESUME

Northern Kentucky is a step up in competition from Delaware State, but it's all relative: they're still only 253rd on KenPom and boast only one D-I victory, that over #245 Norfolk State at home. They've lost on the road to two teams ranked in the 300s; their most impressive game was a 12-point loss at Xavier that was never particularly close.

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Preview: SMU

Preview: SMU

Submitted by Ace on December 8th, 2015 at 3:41 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT Michigan (6-2) at
SMU (6-0)
WHERE Moody Coliseum,
Dallas, Texas
WHEN 9 pm ET, Tuesday
LINE SMU -5 (KenPom)
TV ESPN2
PBP: Dave O'Brien
Analyst: Len Elmore

Right: Larry Brown, champion of "the right way," rocking on. [Fuller]

THE US

Derrick Walton's status is still very much up in the air due to his ankle injury. At yesterday's presser, John Beilein said he's going to be careful handling Walton's return:

Beilein didn’t know on Monday if Walton would play, but noted that he learned his lesson last season of rushing Walton back from injury.

“If he does try and play and he can’t do it, he’s got to come out,” Beilein said. “It’s a very tender area of your body, and you also want to make sure that you don’t hurt him for down the road. An ankle injury will plague you all year long if you don’t allow it to heal.”

That doesn't make it sound like Walton will play tonight, let alone be a full go.

THE LAST TIME

This is the second game of a home-and-home after the Wolverines took on SMU at Crisler last December. Coming off three straight losses, Michigan hung tight through most of the game, but poor shooting (8/36 3P) doomed them to an eventual 62-51 loss after a late Mustang run went unanswered.

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