|WHAT||#4 Michigan (9-0) vs
#108 South Carolina(4-4)
Ann Arbor, MI
|LINE||Michigan –17 (Kenpom)|
Michigan finally had a real game as Northwestern slowed Michigan's offense down sufficiently to allow a series of improbable shots from Vic Law and Ryan Taylor to first catch and then briefly pass Michigan down the stretch. Michigan responded; Northwestern's final attempt was reduced to an off-balance NBA three that hit the backboard and caught iron before ceasing to terrify legions of backboard-hating Michigan fans.
Now Michigan takes on their final major-conference opponent before the usual trio of buy games in mid-December and conference play beyond that. Unfortunately for Michigan's eventual seeding, South Carolina has been awful this season and currently projects as the second-worst team in the SEC.
Unless something bizarre happens this should be another suffocating defensive performance and relatively easy win.
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||2||Hassani Gravett||Sr.||6'2, 188||69||16||116||Probably not|
|Low usage combo G suddenly shooting 42% from three after 33% last year, also 80% from line. Playmaking responsibilities much lower. Shooting potentially a mirage?|
|G||00||AJ Lawson||Fr.||6'6, 172||71||30||90||Meh|
|Rough when you're giving 30% usage to the #147 composite freshman. Terrible ORTG mostly due to 25 TO rate. Good assist numbers, 52/30 from floor, getting a ton of FTs but only hitting 60%|
|G||1||TJ Moss||Fr.||6'2, 193||41||19||86||Meh|
|Composite #207 FR has emerged into starting lineup. Currently good at nothing. 44/33 from floor, 26 TO rate.|
|F||30||Chris Silva||Sr.||6'9 234||60||24||96||Yes|
|Traditional PF pounds boards at both ends, has a top 100 block rate, and had nation's #1 FT rate last year. Poor from floor (48% last year, 41% this year). Lots of TOs. Gabonian.|
|C||21||Maik Kotsar||Jr.||6'11, 264||61||15||106||Yes|
|Estonian has shot 47% from two and 50% from line in career. Rock bottom TO rate, so he's got that going for him. Defensive pest.|
|F||13||Felipe Haase||So.||6'9 253||56||15||103||Meh|
|Chilean backs up at the 4, high FT rate, shooting decently from 3, no OREBs, no shots at rim. Many TOs.|
|F||24||Keyshawn Bryant||Fr.||6'6, 190||41||28||92||Yes|
|Composite #291 FR has a ton of usage, shooting 50% from 2 with a ton of TOs. 0/7 from three on year.|
|G||4||Tre Campbell||Sr.||6'2, 185||55||15||95||Meh|
|Shooting 33/28; shot 42/34 last year. Has cut down on turnovers though!|
|F||2||Alanzo Frink||Fr.||6'6, 265||5||23||75||Yes|
|NR freshman has gotten a few minutes lately due to injury to Justin Minaya.|
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