Michigan opened the renovated Crisler Center in style last Thursday with a 83-47 exhibition win over Northern Michigan. Tonight, the Wolverines are back in action in the final tune-up before the regular season starts. This time, it’s another GLIAC foe, Saginaw Valley State.
The Cardinals finished just one game better than Northern michigan in the GLIAC last season, with a 6-13 conference record and 10-16 overall. And while the leading scorer is back, the second and third leading scorers are both gone.
Chris Webb led the SVSU with 14.2 points per game last season and was picked as a Preseason All-GLIAC North First Team member heading into 2012-13. The senior guard had a season high of 28 against Northwood a year ago.
Fellow guard Michael Fugate averaged 8.1 points per game last season and made 42.1 percent of his three-point attempts. He has started 38 games over the past two years.
Head coach Randy Baruth is in his first season at SVSU after serving as Director of Player Development at Utah last season and Director of Basketball Operations at Colorado State before that. So while he doesn’t have head coaching experience, he has been around some decent programs.
Last Friday, John Beilein mixed and matched his lineups, even going with all five freshmen on the court at the same time at one point. While that didn’t last long, the freshman were impressive, as Nik Stauskas, Spike Albrecht, and Glenn Robinson III were the top three scorers in the game. Trey Burke missed the game due to a suspension, so expect him to see a lot of minutes tonight to get up to speed before the season officially kicks off on Friday.