Michigan 98, Maryland Eastern Shore 49

Submitted by Ace on December 17th, 2016 at 5:11 PM

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For the second straight game, Michigan obliterated a completely overmatched foe. The Wolverines jumped out to a 19-2 lead against Maryland Eastern Shore and didn't let up from there. They led 49-22 at the half with as many three-pointers (8) as the Hawks had field goals. They finished with 28 assists on 32 baskets, led by a career-high ten dishes from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who entered the game within 90 seconds of tipoff after being replaced in the starting lineup by Duncan Robinson. (Update: Beilein said a clerical error caused Robinson's unexpected start.)

Derrick Walton had a near-flawless performance, scoring 21 points on ten shot equivalents with six rebounds, five assists, a steal, and no turnovers. UMES had no answer for DJ Wilson and Moe Wagner, who combined to go 10-for-11 from the field. Xavier Simpson had four assists and three steals. Ibi Watson had two dunks, one off an assist from Sean Lonergan. Former student manager Fred Wright-Jones made a three to send the bench into hysterics.

Michigan has one more non-conference game on Thursday against Furman before Big Ten play begins on New Year's Day at Iowa. While the last two games have been fun, its arrival will be welcome.


Vengeful Barbarian

December 17th, 2016 at 6:49 PM ^

I really wish teams like Michigan and others of course would stop scheduling games against teams like Maryland Eastern Shore. I don't care at all about blowing them out and getting an easy win. the big season can't start soon enough.


December 18th, 2016 at 1:14 AM ^

I can kind of understand that.  Guys on the in-state mid-major teams may have an ax to grind against Michigan for not recruiting them, which could make those games more of an upset risk than you'd think.  It might be better to play out-of-state teams.  We just shouldn't be playing ones with 300+ RPIs.




December 18th, 2016 at 11:29 AM ^

351 teams listed in the Kenpom rankings.  There's no need for Michigan to be scheduling the absolute worst of those teams - Central Arkansas and UMES are ranked 326 and 334 in Kenpom.  Michigan should be albe to fill out their non-conference schedule with teams that aren't going to be a massive drain on their SOS.

Ronnie Kaye

December 17th, 2016 at 8:42 PM ^

UM would never put Wilson on a poster unless it's an extreme close-up. They'd be too embarrassed of the filled-to-empty seat ratio pictured behind him otherwise.



December 17th, 2016 at 8:48 PM ^

Watson had 2 more dunks in this game than Irvin has had in his career it seems. That in itself is encouraging as finishing at the rim has been a big problem the last few years.

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December 17th, 2016 at 9:08 PM ^

Anyone else not terribly impressed with the results of Camp Sanderson?  Robinson and Irvin both have at least half a foot on me and are Div1 athletes and can't dunk without the same running start that I needed when I was their age*.

*I was not a Div1 athlete.  Div2, at best, and it was tennis not basketball.