Just short: Indiana 70 – Michigan 67

February 8th, 2015 by Justin Potts


Irvin vs IU(Jamie Owens, UMHoops)

Still shorthanded, Michigan ventured into Bloomington, where it has won just once since 1995 and twice since 1989, and took Indiana to the wire, ultimately falling three points short, 70-67, despite a career-high 23 from Zak Irvin.

Aubrey Dawkins hit a three-pointer on Michigan’s first shot of the game, but Indiana jumped out to a 11-5 lead and then widened it to 20-11 by the under-12 media timeout. But Kameron Chatman made one of two free throws and Mark Donnal scored five straight to keep Michigan in the game. Four free throws by Ricky Doyle and Spike Albrecht pulled Michigan within three, but Indiana responded and took a 36-29 lead into the half.

Four Factors
Michigan Indiana
56.5 eFG% 56.1
26.9 OReb% 48.1
19.0 TO% 24.1
43.5 FTR 40.8

Doyle opened the second half with a layup, and after a steal, Dawkins made two free throws to get back to a three-point defect. But eight straight Indiana points prompted a Michigan timeout. Irvin made a layup and followed with a three, but Indiana pulled back ahead by 11 with 14 minutes to play.

Once again, Irvin responded with a jumper, and Dawkins Doyle followed with back to back dunks to pull Michigan within striking distance. Indiana answered with a  Troy Williams dunk, but Irvin hit another three. Every time Michigan threatened to tie the game, Indiana had an answer, and every time Indiana threatened to run away with it, Michigan responded with a run of its own.

Three times in the final eight minutes of the game, Indiana widened its lead to nine, but even without its two leaders, Michigan refused to die. A three-point play by Albrecht brought Michigan within three at 65-62 with 1:18 to play. Indiana’s Collin Hartman and then Albrecht traded a pair of free throws.

With an eight-second difference between the game clock and shot clock, John Beilein chose to let Indiana play instead of foul, but Yogi Ferrell shredded the Michigan zone with a dish to Williams for a dunk. Irvin answered with a three to pull Michigan within two and the Wolverines sent Hartman to the free throw line. He missed the first but made the second, giving Michigan a chance to force overtime with a three. But Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman’s attempt from the left corner at the buzzer was all iron and Michigan suffered its third straight loss.

Irvin tied a career-high with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting and 3-of-5 three-point shooting. Doyle scored 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting and made 5-of-6 free throws in addition to pulling in six rebounds. Albrecht was the only other Wolverine in double figures with 12.

As a team, Michigan shot 50 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from downtown. Michigan held Indiana, the Big Ten’s best scoring team, 10 points below its average. The Hoosiers shot 49 percent overall and 41.2 percent from three-point range. Indiana out-rebounded Michigan 32-21.

Michigan, now 13-11 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten, visits Illinois (16-8, 6-5) on Thursday. The Illini have won three straight including a 59-54 victory at Michigan State Saturday.

Final Game Stats
# Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
32 Ricky Doyle* 5-5 0-0 5-6 3 3 6 4 15 0 1 2 1 27
02 Spike Albrecht* 3-5 1-2 5-5 0 2 2 1 12 7 3 0 1 39
12 M-A. Abdur-Rahkman* 1-7 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 3 4 0 3 34
21 Zak Irvin* 9-16 3-5 2-5 0 2 2 4 23 2 1 0 3 39
24 Aubrey Dawkins* 2-6 1-3 2-2 1 2 3 0 7 1 2 0 0 34
03 Kameron Chatman 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 10
04 Andrew Dakich 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
20 Sean Lonergan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
34 Mark Donnal 3-4 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 3 7 0 0 1 0 10
44 Max Bielfeldt 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Totals 23-46 6-13 15-20 7 14 21 16 67 13 11 4 7 200
Indiana 24-49 7-17 15-20 13 19 32 17 70 11 14 4 5 200
Full Stats

Michigan hoops preview: Indiana

February 7th, 2015 by Justin Potts


UM-Indiana
Michigan (13-10, 6-5) vs Indiana (16-7, 6-4)
Sunday, Feb. 8 | Bloomington, Ind. | 1:00 p.m. EST | CBS
Offense
64.6 Points/gm 80.2
(497-1,195) 41.6 Field Goal % 47.9 (644-1,345)
(175-495) 35.4 3-pt FG % 40.9 (209-511)
(252-339) 74.3 Free Throw % 72.7 (347-477)
11.5 FT Made/gm 15.1
31.8 Reb/gm 36.5
12.0 Assists/gm 13.8
10.0 Turnovers/gm 11.7
Defense
61.8 Points/gm 72.9
(501-1,157) 43.3 Field Goal % 45.3 (638-1,409)
(144-424) 34.0 3-pt FG % 32.3 (136-421)
33.9 Opp. Reb/gm 33.2
5.7 Steals/gm 5.1
1.8 Blocks/gm 3.2
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (14.9)*, Zak Irvin (13.5) Points/gm James Blackmon Jr. (16.5), Yogi Ferrell (16.0)
Caris LeVert (4.9)*, Derrick Walton Jr (4.7) Reb/gm Troy Williams (6.3), James Blackmon Jr (5.2)
*Out for season

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Michigan held up well after losing Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton, taking Wisconsin and Michigan State to overtime, but it was hard to believe they would be able to keep that up. On Thursday night, the other shoe dropped and Michigan was dominated at home by an Iowa squad that entered riding a three-game losing streak. Now, Michigan has the unenviable task of visiting the Hall of Horrors where, as MGoBlog’s Ace Anbender pointed out, they have won just twice since 1989. Let’s take a look at the Hoosiers.

The Starters
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
James Blackmon Jr (G) 30.1 16.5 43.3 40.5 84.6 5.2 1.3 1.6 0.0 0.6
Yogi Ferrell (G) 34.4 16.0 43.8 42.1 87.9 3.2 4.7 2.0 0.0 0.7
Troy Williams (F) 26.2 13.0 57.1 16.7 74.3 6.3 1.9 2.2 0.3 1.1
Robert Johnson (G) 26.0 9.4 47.9 42.3 63.2 3.3 2.3 2.0 0.1 1.0
Nick Zeisloft (G) 20.0 6.5 44.1 40.8 73.3 2.3 0.8 0.6 0.1 0.3
The Others
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
H Mosquera-Perea (F)* 20.9 7.4 62.0 00.0 58.8 5.0 0.3 1.1 1.6 0.3
Collin Hartman (F) 19.9 5.3 53.3 52.4 65.5 3.6 1.0 0.8 0.5 0.4
Emmitt Holt (F) 12.2 4.1 67.4 00.0 58.8 2.8 0.2 0.5 0.8 0.2
Stanford Robinson (G) 11.5 3.7 33.3 00.0 57.8 2.0 1.2 0.9 0.2 0.6
Max Hoetzel (F) 9.3 3.0 44.9 37.5 70.0 1.8 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.2
*Injured
The Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Nov. 14 Mississippi Valley State W 116-65
Nov. 17 Texas Southern W 83-64
Nov. 20 #22 SMU W 74-68
Nov. 22 Lamar W 85-72
Nov. 24 Eastern Washington L 86-88
Nov. 28 UNC Greensboro W 87-79
Dec. 2 Pittsburgh^ W 81-69
Dec. 6 Savannah State W 95-49
Dec. 9 #4 Louisville* L 74-94
Dec. 13 Grand Canyon W 94-66
Dec. 20 #23 Butler# W 82-73
Dec. 22 New Orleans W 79-59
Dec. 27 Georgetown! L 87-91 OT
Dec. 31 at Nebraska W 70-65
Jan. 5 at Michigan State L 50-70
Jan. 10 #22 Ohio State W 69-66
Jan. 13 Penn State W 76-73
Jan. 18 at Illinois W 80-74
Jan. 22 #13 Maryland W 89-70
Jan. 25 at Ohio State L 70-82
Jan. 28 at Purdue L 67-83
Jan. 31 Rutgers W 72-64
Feb. 3 at #5 Wisconsin L 78-92
Feb. 8 Michigan
Feb. 11 at #17 Maryland
Feb. 15 Minnesota
Feb. 19 Purdue
Feb. 22 at Rutgers
Feb. 25 at Northwestern
Mar. 3 Iowa
Mar. 7 Michigan State
*Jimmy V Classic, ^ACC/Big Ten Challenge, #Crossroads Classic, !Indeed Invitational

Like Michigan’s losses to NJIT and Eastern Michigan, Indiana dropped a game it had no business losing to Eastern Washington on Nov. 24. The Hoosiers didn’t play a single true road game in the non-conference schedule, but did pick up decent wins over SMU, Butler, and Pittsburgh. They also lost in overtime to Georgetown and got beat by 20 by Louisville. In Big Ten play, IU has quality wins over Ohio State and Maryland — both at home — but the four losses have been by an average of 15.5 points. They have yet to lose a conference game at home this season.

The Series

Indiana leads the all-time series 104-57 and is 65-13 against Michigan in Bloomington. The last time the Wolverines won in Assembly Hall was a 72-66 overtime victory on Jan. 7, 2009. Each team won at home last season with Indiana winning 63-52 on Feb. 2 and Michigan winning 84-80 on March 8. John Beilein is 5-7 in his career against Indiana.

Notes

• Indiana is the Big Ten’s best scoring offense, averaging 80.2 points per game. The Hoosiers also have the worst scoring defense in the Big Ten, allowing 72.9 points per game

• Indiana ranks third in the Big Ten in shooting percentage (47.9) and first in three-point percentage (40.9). The Hoosiers defense ranks last in shooting percentage (45.3) and sixth against the three (32.3)

• Indiana ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding margin (plus-3.3)

• Indiana ranks 13th in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game (3.2), ahead of only Michigan (1.8)

• Indiana ranks 11th in the Big Ten in turnover margin (minus-0.83)

• Indiana ranks fourth in the Big Ten in both offensive rebounds  per game (11.7) and defensive rebounds per game (24.9)

• Freshman James Blackmon Jr ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game, while Yogi Ferrell ranks seventh at 16.0

• Yogi Ferrell leads the Big Ten in free throw shooting (87.9 percent)

Recruiting profile: 2015 RB signee Karan Higdon

February 6th, 2015 by Alex Sibo


Karan Higdon

Previously: 2015 TE Chris Clark, 2015 CB Iman Marshall, 2015 QB Zach Gentry

Karan Higdon – RB | 5-10, 190 | Sarasota, Fla. – Riverview
ESPN: 3-star, #70 RB Rivals: 3-star, #45 RB 247: 4-star, #29 RB Scout: 3-star, #84 RB
Other top offers: Iowa, Arizona, Tennessee, Arkansas, Syracuse, South Florida, Kentucky, Nevada

One of the first commits flipped to Michigan on National Signing Day, Karan Higdon swapped Hawkeye black and gold for the maize and blue of Michigan in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The diminutive running back out of Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla. offers eye-brow raising athleticism to a Michigan backfield that is stocked with powerful runners the likes of Derrick Green, Ty Isaac, De’Veon Smith, and possibly Drake Johnson. Higdon brings a different dimension to the Wolverines’ stable of backs, but may not have the overall ability to make much a difference in his collegiate career.

Inside Running

Inside Running - Karan HigdonHigdon measures in at approximately 5’9” and 185-pounds, by no means an intimidating, downhill runner. Higdon shows very good burst out of his stance and getting through holes between the tackles. However, he rarely is able to break one-on-one tackles and relies on his ability to dance away from defenders than to run through them. Higdon is able to lower his pads into contact and shows the determination to run his legs on contact, but will have to make his mark outside of the tackles to be an impactful running back.

Outside Running

Outside Running - Karan HigdonHigdon’s athletic ability as an outside of the box runner made him dangerous at the high school level and he shows the ability to transition that ability into forcing opposing defenses to respect his ability to make plays on the outside. Higdon has very good jump-cutting ability and impressive stop-start transition to elude would-be tacklers. While he has good speed, Higdon won’t make anyone forget about the likes of Chris Rainey and LaMichael James, both of whom had electric speed to outrun angles and take the perimeter with ease. Higdon will need to improve his ability to read blocks and find running lanes in order fully take advantage of his athletic gifts.

Catching

Catching - Karan HigdonThough rarely used in the passing game, Higdon showed flashes of pass catching ability at Riverview High. Higdon has a small catching radius, but is able to catch the football outside of his frame and has the quick acceleration to pick up big yards after the catch.

Blocking

Blocking - Karan HigdonFew running backs the size of Higdon are effective pass blockers at the collegiate level and Higdon is no exception. While he shows a willingness to get in the way and will get out in front of his quarterback when scrambling, Higdon simply lacks the strength and stature at this point to fill the third down back void left by the departure of graduate transfer Justice Hayes.

Bottom Line

Michigan has several running backs on scholarship who have the potential to become above average rushers at the collegiate level, and Karan Higdon is one of them. However, Higdon is somewhat of a one-trick pony who relies on his speed and athleticism to make plays with the ball in his hands and doesn’t have the tools to succeed between the tackles. Look for Higdon to become a complementary piece in the backfield within the next couple of seasons as a threat to stretch the field horizontally.

MG&B Grade (out of 10)
8.0 (3-star)

As the first running back commitment since the 2013 class, and a signing day surprise at that, Higdon should become a fan favorite at Michigan. His high school coach — a Michigan fan — posted on MGoBlog a long description of Higdon’s recruitment and how Michigan landed him. You should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

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Alex is currently a senior at UM-Dearborn and has a background in scouting and player evaluation, having learned from some of the best in the business. He contributes a weekly recruit profile/evaluation piece each Friday. Visit our Meet the Staff page to read more about Alex.

Stalled: Iowa 72 – Michigan 54

February 5th, 2015 by Sam Sedlecky


UM vs Iowa(Dustin Johnson, UMHoops)

Tonight’s Michigan basketball game was not unlike the demise of a car’s battery from summer to winter.

The Wolverines, coming off a tough but gritty overtime loss in East Lansing on Sunday, fired out of the gates like a well-oiled machine against Iowa, getting early baskets from Zak Irvin, Spike Albrecht, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, and Kameron Chatman to take a 9-6 lead, then followed that up with a three from Irvin and a nifty lay-in from Chatman to go up 14-8 just over seven minutes into the game.

But like a car battery will suddenly die in a bitterly cold night like this one, so too did the Wolverines’ offense halt to a stop.

After pouring in six buckets in the opening seven minutes and looking much like the hungry team we’ve seen in recent weeks, Michigan managed just two more made field goals and two free throws over the final 12:59 of the first half against a lengthy Hawkeye 2-3 zone.

Meanwhile, Iowa’s potent offense came alive with threes from Peter Jok, easy lay-ins and put-backs from Adam Woodbury and Gabe Olaseni, and dunk after dunk from Aaron White.

By the time the opening act was through, Michigan’s six-point lead had crumbled into a 10-point deficit, with the visitors scoring the final 12 points before halftime mercifully set in.

Out of the break, however, it was much of the same. The battery looked dead for good with Iowa simply dominating the paint and baffling Michigan with the zone, opening up an 18-point cushion less than six minutes into the second half. White and Woodbury continued to be too much inside against a depleted Wolverine squad, but former Wisconsin Badger Jared Uthoff also decided to join in on the fun with an elbow jumper and a three early in the second half on his way to a game-high 16 points.

When it looked like all hope of driving the old beater this winter was lost, though, freshman Aubrey Dawkins came by to provide a quick jump, knocking down three triples in the span of five minutes on his way to match Uthoff’s game high.

Four Factors
Michigan Iowa
47.9 eFG% 66.7
17.2 OReb% 42.9
11.5 TO% 11.5
23.4 FTR 11.8

The battery began to make some noise at the very least, and an 18-point deficit was cut in half with eight minutes remaining and everything on the line for Michigan’s season.

As quick as the jumper cables started working, however, they were taken off and the battery conked out one final time.

Uthoff followed Dawkins’s final triple with a three of his own before point guard Mike Gesell scored his 10th point of the night and Uthoff made another bucket to put Iowa back up 14; Michigan would never get closer before falling by a final score of 72-54.

It’s tough to say how deflating a loss this could prove to be for the Wolverines.

Beilein said after the game that the loss brought a deflated feel with it, but that the team is not deflated in terms of their goals and getting better every day.

Since Caris LeVert went down a few weeks back and Derrick Walton has continued to rest his injured foot, Michigan appeared to bring their energy to another level, winning at Rutgers and destroying Nebraska at home while giving Wisconsin and Michigan State all they could handle.

Tonight was clearly a different story. The youthful Wolverines looked good right away, but once Iowa sat back in their zone, clean looks disappeared and the defense went with it. Certainly the execution was lacking, but the hustle and determination also seemed to be a step below optimal.

That’s concerning for a team that has some work to do if the Big Dance is going to be in the picture this postseason. Despite an ugly non-conference season, Michigan looked to at least have a fighter’s chance of earning a bid with a 6-4 start to conference play and eight big games left. Additionally, the projected bubble at this point appears to be wide and relatively weak. A big win here and a team just might jump into the Last Four In category.

But as we all know, protecting home court is hugely important for would-be bubble teams; this loss, Michigan’s biggest home blowout in five years, was certainly not exemplary of that.

There are more opportunities to be sure for Michigan, and a couple big wins could still spring them into the tournament, but the schedule will not be getting easier any time soon – road trips to Indiana and Illinois loom next week before rivals Michigan State and Ohio State make the return visit to Crisler the week after.

The battery sputtered before ultimately dying tonight.

Now, the Wolverines need to re-charge quickly.

Quick Hitters

• Michigan’s freshmen guards continue to develop, with Dawkins and Rahk combining for half of the team’s points on 9-of-18 shooting while the rest of the team shot just 10-of-29. Dawkins continues to shoot the ball very well from outside (4-of-7 from deep), but he also appears to be a little bit more comfortable operating within the offense and driving a bit. Rahk, on the other hand, continues to attack the basket when given the opportunity while becoming more comfortable from outside.

• Tonight’s game was lost in the paint for Michigan. Iowa went inside with ease far too often and ended up with a ridiculous 42 points on 21-of-25 shooting inside while the Wolverines only managed eight buckets on 14 attempts in the lane, as they struggled mightily to work the ball inside the three-point line. The Hawkeyes also took advantage of their size advantage to the tune of a 42.9 percent offensive rebounding rate and 13 second-chance points against Michigan’s measly 17.2 percent offensive board rate.

• Aaron White was assessed with a technical foul early in the second half for what Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said was some trash talk after a block (“you can probably guess what he said”) and was handed another technical for hanging on the rim after a dunk a few minutes later, but because of different foul classifications, he was able to remain in the game in a bizarre occurrence.

Three Stars

***Aubrey Dawkins***
16 points (5-of-8 FG, 4-of-7 3pt, 2-of-2 FT), one rebound, zero turnovers in 27 minutes

**Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman**
11 points (4-of-10 FG, 1-of-5 3pt, 2-of-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, zero turnovers in 37 minutes

*Spike Albrecht*
10 points (3-of-8 FG, 1-of-3 3pt, 3-of-4 FT), four rebounds, five assists, one steal, three turnovers in 34 minutes

Final Game Stats
# Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
32 Ricky Doyle* 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 18
02 Spike Albrecht* 3-8 1-3 3-4 0 4 4 0 10 5 3 0 1 34
12 M-A. Abdur-Rahkman* 4-10 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 4 11 1 0 0 1 37
21 Zak Irvin* 3-10 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 7 0 1 0 0 32
24 Aubrey Dawkins* 5-8 4-7 2-2 1 0 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 27
03 Kameron Chatman 3-6 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 6 1 0 0 0 20
04 Andrew Dakich 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 9
20 Sean Lonergan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
34 Mark Donnal 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
44 Max Bielfeldt 1-3 0-1 2-2 1 3 4 2 4 0 1 1 1 20
Totals 19-47 7-24 9-11 5 12 17 10 54 8 6 2 3 200
Iowa 32-51 4-11 4-6 9 24 33 10 72 16 6 2 2 200
Full Stats
Beilein Tie Watch
(Sam Sedlecky, M&GB)

(Sam Sedlecky, M&GB)

New in Blue: Houston transfer quarterback John O’Korn

February 5th, 2015 by Derick Hutchinson


John OKorn(Justin Tijerina, The Daily Cougar)

John O’Korn – QB | 6-4, 220 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – St. Thomas Aquinas (University of Houston)
ESPN: 3-star, #38 QB, 77 grade Rivals: 3-star, #31 ProQB 247: 3-star, #24 ProQB Scout: 3-star, #38 QB
Other top offers: Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Louisville, Syracuse, Houston, North Carolina, South Florida
*Class of 2013

Less than 24 hours after polishing off his first 14-man recruiting class at the University of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has apparently added some future insurance to the quarterback position by landing Houston transfer John O’Korn.

Although it hasn’t been made official by the program, the newest Wolverine to be announced the news via Twitter on Thursday.

O’Korn lit up the American Athletic Conference in 2013 as a freshman, setting Houston records with 3,117 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. He completed 58.1 percent of his passes and posted a passer rating of 133 en route to winning the AAC’s Rookie of the Year award.

Following his breakout freshman season, as Smart Football’s Chris Brown pointed out, O’Korn had to adjust to a new offensive coordinator due to Doug Meachem’s departure for TCU, and the entire offense suffered because of it. O’Korn lost his starting role after throwing just six touchdowns and eight picks through five games. The sophomore struggled after starting the season with a four-interception performance in the opener against UTSA.

With a hew head coach coming in this season, former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, Houston granted O’Korn his release in January. Due to NCAA transfer rules, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native won’t don the winged helmet until 2016 and he will have two years of eligibility remaining. As it stands, O’Korn will likely jump into a position grouping that includes Shane Morris, Wilton Speight, Alex Malzone and Zach Gentry.

Michigan hoops preview: Iowa

February 5th, 2015 by Justin Potts


UM-Iowa
Michigan (13-9, 6-4) vs Iowa (13-8, 4-4)
Thursday, Feb. 5 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | 7:00 p.m. EST | ESPN
Offense
64.6 Points/gm 69.0
(497-1,195) 41.6 Field Goal % 41.8 (489-1,169)
(175-495) 35.4 3-pt FG % 31.8 (118-371)
(252-339) 74.3 Free Throw % 74.1 (354-478)
11.5 FT Made/gm 16.9
31.8 Reb/gm 37.5
12.0 Assists/gm 14.0
10.0 Turnovers/gm 11.8
Defense
61.8 Points/gm 63.3
(501-1,157) 43.3 Field Goal % 40.0 (478-1,194)
(144-424) 34.0 3-pt FG % 32.1 (134-417)
33.9 Opp. Reb/gm 34.9
5.7 Steals/gm 6.7
1.8 Blocks/gm 5.0
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (14.9)*, Zak Irvin (13.5) Points/gm Aaron White (15.0), Jarrod Uthoff (11.4)
Caris LeVert (4.9)*, Derrick Walton Jr (4.7) Reb/gm Aaron White (6.6), Jarrod Uthoff (6.2)
*Out for season

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Despite playing without Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr, Michigan took rival Michigan State to overtime in East Lansing on Sunday before falling 76-66. The performance showed that Michigan has plenty of young talent ready to step up, but will they be able to bounce back from adversity? We will find out tonight when Iowa comes to town. Let’s take a look at the Hawkeyes.

The Starters
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Aaron White (F) 28.9 15.0 52.0 29.0 80.6 6.6 1.6 0.6 1.4
Jarrod Uthoff (F) 28.4 11.4 40.3 37.1 68.1 6.2 2.0 1.1 1.5
Mike Gesell (G) 24.0 7.3 38.9 28.6 70.0 1.9 3.5 0.2 1.0
Adam Woodbury (C) 20.3 6.9 49.1 00.0 60.4 5.4 0.7 0.4 0.4
Peter Jok (G) 18.3 6.2 32.6 32.7 92.9 2.5 1.2 0.1 0.8
The Others
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Gabriel Olaseni (C) 18.9 8.6 55.2 00.0 77.4 5.3 0.4 1.8 0.3
Anthony Clemmons (G) 19.7 5.0 39.5 35.9 70.0 2.1 1.5 0.0 0.7
Josh Oglesby (G) 20.8 3.7 27.5 27.3 100.0 2.2 1.7 0.1 0.4
Trey Dickerson (G) 9.9 2.5 32.6 25.0 28.6 0.4 1.3 0.0 0.5
Dom Uhl (F) 11.6 2.4 37.3 20.0 46.2 2.2 0.5 0.3 0.2
The Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Nov. 14 Hampton W 90-56
Nov. 17 North Dakota State W 87-56
Nov. 20 #10 Texas* L 57-71
Nov. 21 #23 Syracuse* L 63-66
Nov. 24 Pepperdine W 72-61
Nov. 26 Northern Illinois W 70-49
Nov. 29 Longwood W 77-44
Dec. 3 at #12 North Carolina^ W 60-55
Dec. 6 UMBC W 77-47
Dec. 9 Alcorn State W 67-44
Dec. 12 #14 Iowa State L 75-90
Dec. 20 Northern Iowa L 44-56
Dec. 22 North Florida W 80-70
Dec. 30 at #20 Ohio State W 71-65
Jan. 5 Nebraska W 70-59
Jan. 8 Michigan State L 61-75
Jan. 13 at Minnesota W 77-75
Jan. 17 Ohio State W 76-67
Jan. 20 at #6 Wisconsin L 50-82
Jan. 24 at Purdue L 63-67
Jan. 31 #5 Wisconsin L 63-74
Feb. 5 at Michigan
Feb. 8 #17 Maryland
Feb. 12 Minnesota
Feb. 15 at Northwestern
Feb. 19 Rutgers
Feb. 22 at Illinois
Feb. 22 at Nebraska
Feb. 25 Illinois
Feb. 28 at Penn State
Mar. 3 at Indiana
Mar. 7 Northwestern
*2K Classic, ^ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Iowa dropped a pair of early-season games against good opponents in the 2K Classic, falling by 14 to 10th-ranked Texas and by three to then-23rd-ranked Syracuse. But the Hawkeyes picked up a quality win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 12th-ranked North Carolina. Now, they stand just 4-4 in Big Ten play with a pair of losses to Wisconsin — one by 32 points — but they did win both matchups with Ohio State. Moral of the story? Iowa has the talent to win on any given night, but also lose to anyone, such as Northern Iowa, who they lost to by 12 on Dec. 20.

The Series

Michigan leads the all-time series with Iowa 91-59 and is 51-22 against the Hawkeyes in Ann Arbor. Michigan has won the last five meetings at the Crisler Center. Last season, Michigan beat Iowa 75-67 at home on Jan. 22, but lost to the Hawkeyes 85-67 a few weeks later. John Beilein is 11-4 in his career against Iowa.

Notes

• Iowa ranks 10th in the Big Ten in scoring (69.0 points per game) and sixth in scoring defense (63.3)

• Iowa ranks 12th in the Big Ten in shooting (41.8 percent) and three-point percentage (31.8). The Hawkeyes’ defense ranks fifth in shooting percentage (40.0) and three-point defense (32.1)

• Iowa ranks seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding margin (plus-2.7) and turnover margin (plus-0.86)

• Iowa ranks third in the Big Ten in blocked shots (5.0 per game)

• Iowa leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (13 per game)

• Aaron White ranks ninth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.0 points per game) and sixth in rebounds (6.6 per game)

• Gabriel Olaseni ranks third in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game (1.8) and Jarrod Uthoff ranks eighth (1.5)

• Gabriel Olaseni ranks second in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds per game (2.5)

New in Blue: 2015 tight end/defensive end Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

February 4th, 2015 by Justin Potts


Tyrone Wheatley Jr(Scout.com)

Tyrone Wheatley Jr. – TE/DE | 6-6, 260| Manlius, N.Y. – Canisius
ESPN: 4-star, #12 TE Rivals: 4-star, #13 TE 247: 4-star, #13 TE Scout: 4-star, #25 DE
Other top offers: Alabama, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska

The new Michigan coaching staff is keeping it in the family with a commitment from legacy recruit Tyrone Wheatley Jr on National Signing Day. The son of the former Michigan great and current running backs coach pledged his commitment on Wednesday afternoon after a long recruitment that came down to Michigan and UCLA.

Wheatley is a consensus four-star recruit according to the four major recruiting sites. ESPN ranks him as the 12th-best tight end in the class, while Rivals and 247 rank him 13th. Scout ranks him as the 25th-best defensive end in the class. Scout’s Brian Dohn had this to say about Wheatley:

“Wheatley plays tight end and defensive end, but he looks more comfortable and natural on defense. He gets off the ball quickly, but sometimes gets upright too quickly. Wheatley has the size to overpower an offensive tackle, and also can use his speed to get around the edge. In addition, he can run a play down from behind and is versatile enough to move inside and play defensive tackle if he adds the weight.”

While Michigan missed out on top tight end target Chris Clark when he chose UCLA this morning, Wheatley is likely to wind up at tight end. It’s a deep and talented position for Michigan with junior Jake Butt, redshirt sophomore Khalid Hill, and redshirt freshman Ian Bunting. At 6’6″, 260, he has the size to play right away, and he will have a chance to work his way into playing time in Harbaugh’s tight end-friendly offense.

New in Blue: 2015 defensive end Shelton Johnson

February 4th, 2015 by Justin Potts


Shelton Johnson(247)

Shelton Johnson – DE | 6-5, 220 | Delray Beach, Fla. – Atlantic
ESPN: 3-star, #36 DE Rivals: 3-star, #37 WDE 247: 4-star, #16 SDE Scout: 4-star, #27 DE
Other top offers: Florida State, Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina, NC State, Kentucky

Michigan picked up somewhat of a surprise commitment on National Signing Day when Delray Beach, Fla. defensive end spurned in-state Miami and Florida State and pledged to Jim Harbaugh. 

 

Johnson was an unknown to most Michigan fans until Tuesday afternoon when 247′s Steve Lorenz and Clint Brewster tweeted that Michigan was in the running for his commitment. Johnson is a four-star according to 247 and Scout and a three-star according to ESPN and Rivals. 247 ranks him the 16th-best strong side defensive end in the class and 39th-best prospect in the talent-rich state of Florida. Scout lists him as the 27th-best defensive end and 291st-best prospect overall. ESPN ranks him as the 36th-best defensive end with a grade of 79, while Rivals has him as the 37th-best weak side defensive end.

Johnson received an offer from Michigan on Jan. 15 and took an official visit that weekend. He then took an official to Miami a week later. Florida State’s coaches visited him twice since his Michigan visit — Johnson took several unofficials to FSU last fall — and he narrowed his choices down to the three schools.

When he gets to campus this summer, he will join a position that has a lot of young talent in Taco Charlton, Mario Ojemudia, Tom Strobel, Henry Poggi, and Lawrence Marshall. But Michigan did lose both starting defensive ends, Frank Clark and Brennen Beyer, to graduation, and with a new coaching staff, it’s safe to assume that the spots are anyone’s to win this fall.

New in Blue: 2015 cornerback Keith Washington

February 4th, 2015 by Justin Potts


Keith Washington(Mickey Welsh, Montgomery Advertiser)

Keith Washington – CB | 6-2, 170 | Prattville, Ala. – Prattville
ESPN: 3-star, #117 ATH Rivals: 3-star, #26 ATH 247: 3-star, #118 ATH Scout: 3-star, #147 CB
Other top offers: California, Miami, Missouri, North Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest, Duke, Memphis

Jim Harbaugh missed out on a pair of defensive backs early in the week when Damon Arnette committed to Ohio State and Chris Williamson chose his home-state Florida Gators. But he was able to salvage a corner on National Signing Day when Prattville, Ala. athlete Keith Washington flipped from California to the Wolverines.

Washington is a three-star all around. Rivals ranks him as the 26th-best athlete in the class, while ESPN has him 117th and 247 has him 118th. Scout ranks him as the 147th-best corner. None have him ranked nationally, but 247′s composite rankings has him 954th overall. At 6’2″, he has good size for a corner, though he will need to put some muscle on his thin, 170-pound frame before he’s ready to compete.

247 lists Washington’s best skill as versatility, for which they give him an eight. He’s a seven on size, ball skills, and intangibles, but just a five at speed and explosiveness.

Washington’s commitment is surprising considering he lives in Alabama, committed to Cal last week, and hasn’t visited Michigan. But  Harbaugh has been working hard to fill out the class and has a proven track record that can attract recruits. Stay tuned for more updates as the day goes on.

New in Blue: 2015 running back Karan Higdon

February 4th, 2015 by Justin Potts


Karan Higdon(preps.heraldtribune.com)

Karan Higdon – RB | 5-10, 190 | Sarasota, Fla. – Riverview
ESPN: 3-star, #70 RB Rivals: 3-star, #45 RB 247: 4-star, #29 RB Scout: 3-star, #84 RB
Other top offers: Iowa, Arizona, Tennessee, Arkansas, Syracuse, South Florida, Kentucky, Nevada

Jim Harbaugh is still hoping to convince four-star running back Mike Weber to flip from Ohio State back to Michigan, but even if he doesn’t, he got a nice consolation prize on National Signing Day in Sarasota, Fla. running back Karan Higdon.

Higdon is a four-star recruit according to 247 and a three-star according to ESPN, Rivals, and Scout. 247 ranks him as the 29th-best running back in the class, while Rivals has him 45th, ESPN 70th, and Scout 84th. None of the sites rank him nationally, but 247′s composite rankings have him as the 478th-best overall recruit in the 2015 class.

He had been committed to Big Ten foe Iowa since Oct. 28, but Michigan offered him at the last minute and it was enough to flip him to the Wolverines. Since Michigan didn’t take a running back in last year’s class, he has some room to grow behind juniors Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith, redshirt junior Drake Johnson, and redshirt sophomore Ty Isaac.

Stay tuned for more commitment news as National Signing Day rolls on.