Since MSU didn’t play a game mid-week, I thought I’d take a quick look at last night’s intra-state tilt between Michigan and Oakland. [Insert snarky joke about playing for bragging rights as the second best college basketball team in Michigan here.] You’ll recall this is the same Oakland team that took MSU down to the wire before losing by four points a couple weeks ago.
The Wolverines defeated the Grizzlies handily, 103-87. Official box score here. This was a pretty fast-paced game–77 possessions. But Michigan’s 103 points are still hugely impressive, equating to 1.34 points per possession. They shot the ball well from all areas: 64.3% on 2-pointers, 41.2% on three-pointers, and 87.5% on a whopping 32 free throw attempts. Everyone kicked in, with the bench contributing 31 points. Hence the glowing AA News recap of their offensive performance.
If I were a Wolverine fan what would concern me is that they still didn’t show much on the defensive end. Oakland’s 87 points still equate to a healthy 1.13 points per possession. The Grizzlies didn’t shoot very well (46.2% on 2-pointers, 33.3% on 3-pointers), but they took a whopping 76 shots from the field–plus 21 free throw attempts. This was mainly a function of not turning the ball over. They gave it up on just 8 possessions for a microscopic turnover percentage of 10.4%. If they’d connected on more of their 24 3-point attempts, they might have approached 100 points, too.
So the preliminary verdict on the Wolverines remains unchanged: pretty good potential on offense, but that 1-3-1 zone is a work in progress.
The Big Ten Chronicle has links to reports on other Big Ten action last night.
Additional Ginsu-knife-like bonus: I’ve updated my MSU individual tempo-free stat spreadsheet. Glossary here.
I won’t do a full rundown, but I do want to highlight Durrell Summers’ stats:
- PPWS: 1.32
- 3pt%: 66.7%
- FT%: 92.9%
- OR%: 13.7%
- DR%: 15.3%
Those are some pretty impressive shooting and rebounding stats–albeit in fairly limited minutes (13.7 per game). It will be interesting to see if he can sustain numbers in this neighborhood when/if his minutes go up with Chris Allen out for at least one game.