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Michigan hoops preview: Hillsdale College

Friday, November 14th, 2014


UM-Hillsdale College
Michigan vs Hillsdale College
Saturday, Nov. 15 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | 2:00 p.m. EST | ESPN3
Offense (2013-14)
73.9 Points/gm 73.1
(945-1,982)47.7 Field Goal % 48.5(676-1,394)
(319-794) 40.2 3-pt FG % 39.6 (227-573)
(527-691) 76.3 Free Throw % 78.2 (395-505)
14.2 FT Made/gm 14.6
31.4 Reb/gm 34.0
14.2 Assists/gm 16.3
9.3 Turnovers/gm 12.3
Defense (2013-14)
65.1 Points/gm 66.1
(905-2,035) 44.5 Field Goal % 42.1 (624-1,481)
(201-632) 31.8 3-pt FG % 34.0 (188-553)
31.2 Opp. Reb/gm 29.0
4.9 Steals/gm 5.3
2.7 Blocks/gm 3.4
Individual Leaders
N. Stauskas (17.5), G. Robinson III (13.1) Points/gm Tim Dezelski (22.9), Kyle Cooper (13.5)
Mitch McGary (8.3), Jordan Morgan (5.0) Reb/gm Tim Dezelski (9.6), Kyle Cooper (6.2)

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Michigan doubled up Wayne State 86-43 in its only exhibition on Monday, getting 16 points from Caris LeVert and 13 from Zak Irvin. More importantly, John Beilein was able to get six new freshmen into the game to get their feet wet and work out some nerves. The nerves were certainly there as Kameron Chatman airballed his first two three-point attempts while others missed layups and free throws. The best moment of the night, however, belonged to Austin Hatch, who scored the first point of his college career, drawing a standing ovation when he sank a free throw.

On Saturday afternoon, the young Wolverines get a chance to gain further experience against similar competition, but this time it counts.

Only 70 miles southwest of Ann Arbor lies tiny little Hillsdale College, a small liberal arts school of less than 1,500 students. Despite being just five percent the size of Michigan’s undergraduate enrollment, the Chargers will travel to Ann Arbor for the season opener for both teams.

Hillsdale went 18-9 last season and 14-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the same conference as Michigan’s exhibition opponent from Monday, Wayne State. Hillsdale finished seventh in the conference, three spots ahead of Wayne State, and beat the Warriors 69-67 in their only matchup. As the seventh seed in the GLIAC Tournament, Hillsdale ended its season with a 67-47 loss to eventual champion Findlay.

This season, Hillsdale has to find a replacement for All-GLIAC first team forward Tim Dezelski, who averaged 22.9 points — which ranked third in the conference — and 9.6 rebounds — which led the conference — per game. He became the only player in NCAA Division II to reach 600 points, 250 rebounds, and 100 assists.

The go-to role will now fall on junior forward Kyle Cooper, a preseason All-GLIAC North Division second team selection. The 6’7″, 225-pound Northville native was the team’s second-leading scorer (13.5 points) and rebounder (6.2 rebounds) a year ago. The only other returning starter is point guard Zach Miller, a 5’8″, 165-pound junior from Chicago, Ill, who averaged just 4.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.

Junior center Jason Pretzer will be the biggest man on the court at 7’0″, 250. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game. Despite his size, he blocked just three shots all season. The other big man is Rhett Smith. The 6’7″, 225-pound junior played just 3.5 minutes per game last season, averaging 0.6 points and 0.7 rebounds.

The Chargers were picked to finish fourth in the GLIAC North Division this season behind Michigan Tech, Grand Valley State, and Lake Superior State. Statistically, Hillsdale was pretty similar to Michigan last season, as you can see in the chart above. But with so many newcomers on both teams and the disparity in level of competition, that doesn’t mean much.

Expect John Beilein to mix and match rotations similar to Monday, hoping to gain more consistency and cohesion with his young guys, but since this one counts, he’ll stick with the starters a bit more.

The game will not be televised, but will be shown on ESPN3. For those unable to access ESPN3, you can follow @SamSedlecky on Twitter for live updates. If you are going to the game, make sure to get there early for the 2013-14 Big Ten Championship banner ceremony.

Michigan hoops preview: Wayne State (exhibition)

Monday, November 10th, 2014


After a rough first 10 weeks to the football season, Michigan fans get a reprieve tonight when the basketball program hosts its first and only exhibition game of the season against Wayne State. Unfortunately, unless you’re willing to shell out ten bucks for BTN Plus, you’ll have to resort to following the live tweets from those in attendance or wait until Big Ten Network airs the replay on its main channel at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night to get your first look at the 2014-15 Wolverines.

UM-Wayne State
Michigan vs Wayne State (exhibition)
Monday, Nov. 10 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | 7:00 p.m. EST | BTN Plus
Offense
73.9 Points/gm 70.1
(945-1,982) 47.7 Field Goal % 45.1 (633-1,403)
(319-794) 40.2 3-pt FG % 37.3 (122-327)
(527-691) 76.3 Free Throw % 72.1 (364-505)
14.2 FT Made/gm 14.6
31.4 Reb/gm 33.8
14.2 Assists/gm 11.8
9.3 Turnovers/gm 11.2
Defense
65.1 Points/gm 69.4
(905-2,035) 44.5 Field Goal % 44.7 (598-1,337)
(201-632) 31.8 3-pt FG % 36.5 (159-436)
31.2 Opp. Reb/gm 32.8
4.9 Steals/gm 6.0
2.7 Blocks/gm 3.1
Individual Leaders
N. Stauskas (17.5), G. Robinson III (13.1) Points/gm Brian Coleman (16.8), Chene Phillips (15.3)
Mitch McGary (8.3), Jordan Morgan (5.0) Reb/gm Michael Lewis (7.7), G. Williams-Taylor (5.8)

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Wayne State went 12-13 overall last season and 10-12 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, missing out on the GLIAC Tournament for the first time since 2008. The Warrior concluded their season, sending seven seniors off on a high note with a 82-78 win over GLIAC regular season champion Lake Superior State (26-4, 18-4).

The senior-laden squad that played Michigan within 19 points in last season’s exhibition is now much younger, having lost its top three scorers and four of its top five rebounders. Bryan Coleman, Chene Phillips, and Gerald Williams-Taylor combined to score 43.4 of Wayne State’s 70.1 points per game a year ago. Coleman, an All-GLIAC Second Team performer, scored 25 points on 10-of-24 shooting in the 79-60 loss to Michigan last November.

Now, head coach David Greer will have to rely on a roster with just one upperclassman, junior Gavin Toma, who averaged 8.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game last season. Sophomores Michael Lewis and Clark Bishop figure to be the leaders this season. Lewis, a 6’3″ forward from Ann Arbor Huron High School, played in three games before an injury cost him the rest of the season, but he averaged 11 points and 7.7 rebounds in those three games. Against Michigan, he scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Bishop, a 6’0″ guard, started 23 of 25 games last season, averaging 7.8 points and 2.4 rebounds while leading the team with a 40.7 three-point average.

Four freshmen — John Draper, a 5’9″ guard from Dayton, Ohio; Chuck Key, a 6’6″ forward from Detroit Cass Tech; Marcus Moore, a 6’1″ guard from Lansing; and Tristan Wilson, a 6’8″ forward from Ann Arbor Skyline – and a transfer — 5’11″ guard DaMarius Miller from Clarion University will round out the roster. Miller averaged 16.4 points per game for Clarion last season.

Michigan will also be breaking in several new freshmen and asking others to step up in place of Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Mitch McGary, who were all drafted in June, Jordan Morgan, who graduated, and Jon Horford, who transferred. Six freshmen — guards Kam Chatman, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Aubrey Dawkins, and Austin Hatch, and forwards Ricky Doyle and D.J. Wilson — will see the court for the first time in the Crisler Center.

Our very own Sam Sedlecky will be live tweeting the game, so follow him on Twitter at @SamSedlecky if you can’t get BTN Plus.

Michigan hoops preview: Saginaw Valley State

Monday, November 5th, 2012


#5 Michigan v. Saginaw Valley State (exhibition)
Monday, Nov. 5
7pm ET
BTN.com
0-0 2011-12 Record 10-16 (6-13)
83 Points Per Game 69.6
47 Scoring Defense 72.7
27-for-63 (42.9%) Field Goal % 41.7%
19-for-59 (32.2%) Def. Field Goal % 45.6%
13-for-31 (41.9%) 3-point % 29.3%
6-for-20 (30.0%) Def. 3-point % 34.3%
16-for-26 (61.5%) Free Throw % 74.9%
16 Free Throws Made/Game 16.7
50 Rebounds Per Game 33.7
32 Opp. Reb. Per Game 37.0
17 Assists Per Game 11.5
8 Turnovers Per Game 11.4
4 Steals Per Game 6.0
2 Blocks Per Game 2.7
G – Nik Stauskas (17.0)
G – Spike Albrecht (16.0)
Leading Ret. Scorer G – Chris Webb (14.2)
G – Michael Fugate (8.1)
F – Jordan Morgan (12.0)
F – Mitch McGary (9.0)
Leading Ret. Rebounder F – Jay Thames (4.4)
F – Rob Clark (4.1)
*Michigan’s stats are from the first exhibition game this season

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.