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Michigan hoops preview: Minnesota

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Michigan at Minnesota
Wednesday, Feb. 10 | Minneapolis, Minn. | 9 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
Line: Michigan -7
76.8 Points/gm 69.0
(653-1,354) 48.2 Field Goal % 41.1 (537-1,305)
(248-616) 40.3 3-pt FG % 31.6 (147-465)
(288-388) 74.2 Free Throw % 70.0 (367-524)
12.0 FT Made/gm 16.0
32.2 Reb/gm 33.7
15.5 Assists/gm 12.5
9.8 Turnovers/gm 11.0
66.0 Points/gm 74.2
(583-1,337) 43.6 Field Goal % 44.5 (602-1,354)
(175-503) 34.8 3-pt FG % 35.4 (164-463)
32.3 Opp. Reb/gm 38.8
5.8 Steals/gm 5.3
2.3 Blocks/gm 3.8
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (17.6), Duncan Robinson (12.1) Points/gm Nate Mason (13.4), Joey King (11.4)
Derick Walton (5.6), Caris LeVert (5.4) Reb/gm Jordan Murphy (7.8), Bakary Konate (4.3)

Michigan is out of the Big Ten title hunt after a horrendous week that included blowout losses to Indiana and Michigan State, both at home. The good news is the Wolverines get a chance to bounce back against one of the conference’s cellar dwellers, Minnesota. Michigan beat the Gophers in the season’s first meeting, 74-69, on Jan. 20.

Since then, Minnesota has lost its last four, and is still winless since a Dec. 16 win over Chicago State. The Gophers were 6-5 at that point, but currently stand 6-17 overall and 0-11 in Big Ten play. They rank 12th in the Big Ten in both scoring (69 points per game) and scoring defense (74.2 ppg). Only Penn State shoots worse from the field (41.1 percent) and only Penn State and Rutgers shoot worse from three-point range (31.6 percent). Simply put, Minnesota is a bad basketball team.

Sophomore guard Nate Mason (6-foot-1, 185) leads the way with 13.4 points and 4.4 assists per game. He almost led the Gophers to an upset of Michigan three weeks ago with a season-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting. He almost did the same in a close loss at Indiana on Jan. 30 with 21 points.

Freshman guard Dupree McBrayer (6-foot-4, 175) has been the other starting guard as of late. He averages just 4.9 points per game on the season while shooting just 28.3 percent from the field and 15.8 percent from three-point range. He managed nine points against Michigan in the first meeting.

Freshman Jordan Murphy (6-foot-6, 230) and redshirt junior Charles Buggs (6-foot-9, 230) are the starting forwards, averaging 10.7 and 6.2 points per game, respectively. Murphy leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. He scored 13 against Michigan the first time out on 6-of-11 shooting, but Buggs scored just two points and missed all four shots he attempted. Sophomore Bakary Konate (6-foot-11, 235) is the center, averaging 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He leads the team with 27 blocks, but was mainly a non-factor in the first meeting.

Senior forward Joey King (6-foot-9, 240) and senior guard Carlos Morris (6-foot-5, 185) are also heavy rotation players, averaging 11.4 and 10.3 points per game, respectively. Morris scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first meeting. King has been hot and cold in Big Ten play with games of 22 against Penn State, 18 against Indiana, and 20 against Illinois, but has been held to five or fewer points in five of the last eight games. In the last three games, he has made just 2-of-9 shots from the field and 1-of-7 from three-point range for a combined seven points.

Freshman guard Kevin Dorsey (6-foot-0, 175) is the only other Gopher averaging double digit minutes. He was held scoreless in nine minutes of action against Michigan the first time, but scored 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting against Indiana a week and a half ago. He has scored nearly as many points in the last two games (32) as he did in the first nine games of Big Ten play combined (34).

While Michigan is expected to win this one, Minnesota surely sees it as a great opportunity to pick up its first conference win of the season. Richard Pitino will tell his team that a team lacking confidence and reeling from back to back home blowouts is ripe for the picking. But Michigan could get a much needed boost if Caris LeVert returns. He likely won’t be in full game shape even if he plays, but at least it’s an option at this point after missing the last 10 games with a foot injury.

Whether or not LeVert plays, Michigan must come out of Minneapolis with a win if it wants any hope of making the NCAA Tournament next month. At 17-7 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten right now, Michigan may need to go at least 5-2 the rest of the way and pick up a win in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to earn a trip to the Big Dance. And with repeat matchups against Purdue, Maryland, and Iowa ahead, winnable games are few and far between.

Michigan hoops preview: Minnesota

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Michigan (9-6, 2-1) vs Minnesota (11-5, 0-3)
Saturday, Jan. 10 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | 1 p.m. EST | ESPN
67.3 Points/gm 79.9
(347-815) 42.6 Field Goal % 48.2 (469-974)
(129-348) 37.1 3-pt FG % 39.9 (121-303)
(186-258) 72.1 Free Throw % 64.8 (219-338)
12.4 FT Made/gm 13.7
31.8 Reb/gm 35.3
13.3 Assists/gm 18.6
10.1 Turnovers/gm 13.4
62.6 Points/gm 65.8
(347-788) 44.0 Field Goal % 41.5 (366-881)
(102-285) 35.8 3-pt FG % 33.7 (103-306)
33.4 Opp. Reb/gm 36.6
6.3 Steals/gm 11.7
1.8 Blocks/gm 4.1
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (14.8), Zak Irvin (14.7) Points/gm Maurice Walker (12.9), Carlos Morris (12.7)
Caris LeVert (5.1), Derrick Walton Jr (4.4) Reb/gm Maurice Walker (6.1), Andre Hollins (3.9)


Michigan picked up its first Big Ten road win of the season on Tuesday with a 73-64 win over Penn State. On Saturday afternoon, the Wolverines look for their first conference winning streak when they host Minnesota. Let’s take a look at the matchup.

The Starters
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Maurice Walker 21.9 12.9 63.2 00.0 69.1 6.1 0.6 2.3 1.6 1.6
Carlos Morris 27.9 12.7 44.0 34.0 75.0 3.8 2.6 2.1 0.2 2.3
Andre Hollins 28.3 12.4 42.3 42.4 75.8 3.9 2.6 2.3 0.0 1.2
DeAndre Mathieu 29.6 9.9 49.6 47.1 73.2 2.9 5.7 2.1 0.0 2.6
Joey King 27.8 9.3 45.8 40.4 78.3 3.3 1.9 1.4 0.5 0.6
The Others
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Nate Mason 24.0 10.0 44.1 45.3 61.5 3.4 2.8 0.9 0.1 2.2
Elliott Eliason 14.0 4.7 70.5 00.0 46.4 3.8 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.4
Charles Buggs 11.2 4.1 44.9 36.0 54.2 1.9 0.8 0.3 0.2 0.2
Bakary Konate 9.1 2.4 47.1 00.0 54.2 2.2 0.3 0.8 0.6 0.6

The same five players have started each game this season and Minnesota has four players averaging double figures. Fifth-year senior forward Maurice Walker is the leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. At 6’10”, 255-pounds, he has the size to give Michigan trouble inside. He’s coming off great performances against two of the better teams in the conference, Maryland and Ohio State, against which he combined to make 16-of-29 shots, score 38 points and grab 19 rebounds.

Junior guard Carlos Morris is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 12.7 points per game. Believe it or not, at 34 percent, the 6’5″, 175-pounder is the worst three-point shooter among the top five on the team. Part of that is due to a 2-of-10 three-point performance against Maryland. The most he has even attempted in any of the other 15 games is four. He has a season high of 24 points scored against UNC-Wilmington on Dec. 27, and scored 18 in that Maryland game. But he followed up that 21-shot outing by attempting just five shots against Ohio State on Tuesday and finishing with just six points.

Senior guard Andre Hollins (6’2″, 195) averages 12.4 points per game and is the most dangerous three-point shooter, leading the team with 36 made threes and 85 attempts. By comparison, Zak Irvin has made 40 on 111 attempts. Hollins has three 20-plus point games this season with a high of 27 against Wake Forest, but his scoring has fallen off a bit lately. He has averaged just 7.6 points per game in the last five. In the first three games of Big Ten play, he is shooting just 18.8 percent (6-of-32) from the field and 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from three-point.

Senior guard DeAndre Mathieu (5’9″, 170) is just under double digits at 9.9 points per game, but he fills the stat sheet in other ways as well. He leads the Big Ten with 5.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game and is shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three. He delivered his best scoring output of the season against Ohio State on Tuesday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

The fifth starter is 6’9″, 235-pound junior forward Joey King. Like Hollins and Mathieu, he’s shooting over 40 percent from downtown (40.4 percent). He’s averaging 9.3 points per game, but after a 19-point game against Furman, he managed just three and five against Maryland and Ohio State, respectively.

Freshman guard Nate Mason (6’1″, 185) is the top man off the bench, averaging nearly starter minutes and 10 points per game. He ranks second on the team with 2.8 assists per game and third with 2.2 steals. He had a four-game stretch at the end of December in which he averaged nearly 15 points per game, but Maryland and Ohio State held him to a combined 3-of-14 shooting (0-of-5 three-point) and nine points.

No one else plays more than 14 minutes a game. Fifth-year senior Elliott Eliason (6’11”, 245) spells Walker down low, but averages just 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. While his season high is eight points, he scored 10 and eight in the two games against Michigan last season, including a 10-point, 10-rebound performance in the first one.

Redshirt sophomore Charles Buggs (6’9″, 220) and freshman Bakary Konate (6’11”, 225) also provide frontcourt minutes off the bench. The pair combine for 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in about 20 minutes per game.

The Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Nov. 14 #8 Louisville# L 68-81
Nov. 18 Western Kentucky W 76-54
Nov. 20 Franklin Pierce W 109-57
Nov. 22 UMBC W 69-51
Nov. 26 St. John’s* L 61-70
Nov. 28 Georgia* W 66-62
Dec. 2 at Wake Forest^ W 84-69
Dec. 5 Western Carolina W 84-64
Dec. 8 North Dakota W 82-56
Dec. 10 Southern W 85-57
Dec. 19 Seattle W 92-57
Dec. 22 Furman W 86-76
Dec. 27 UNCW W 108-82
Dec. 31 at Purdue L 68-72
Jan. 3 at #12 Maryland L 58-70
Jan. 6 #22 Ohio State L 72-74 OT
Jan. 10 at Michigan
Jan. 13 Iowa
Jan. 17 Rutgers
Jan. 20 at Nebraska
Jan. 24 Illinois
Jan. 28 at Penn State
Jan. 31 Nebraska
Feb. 7 Purdue
Feb. 12 at Iowa
Feb. 15 at Indiana
Feb. 18 Northwestern
Feb. 21 at #4 Wisconsin
Feb. 26 at Michigan State
Mar. 5 #4 Wisconsin
Mar. 8 Penn State
#Armed Forces Classic, *NIT Season Tip-Off, ^ACC-Big Ten Challenge

The only common opponent Michigan and Minnesota share so far this season is Purdue, and both lost to the Boilermakers on the road. Purdue came back from 11 points down in the second half to beat Minnesota by four, and then came back from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Michigan by 13.

The Series

Michigan leads the all-time series 88-65 and carries a six-game winning streak over the Gophers into Saturday’s matchup. Michigan has won 10 of the past 11 meetings and leads the series 53-20 in Ann Arbor with the last home loss coming on Jan 22, 2011. Last season, Michigan beat Minnesota 63-60 in Minneapolis on Jan. 2 and 65-56 in Ann Arbor on March 1. John Beilein is 11-3 against Minnesota since becoming head coach at Michigan.


• Minnesota just missed the NCAA Tournament last season, but earned a No.1 seed in the NIT and won the whole thing, defeating fellow No.1s Florida State and SMU, in the process. The Gophers finished the season 25-13 overall and 8-10 in Big Ten play

• Minnesota has started the same five players in all 16 games this season

• Minnesota leads the Big Ten with 11.7 steals per game. Guard DeAndre Mathieu leads all Big Ten players with 41 steals (2.6 per game), while Carlos Morris (2.3) and Nate Mason (2.2) rank third and fourth, respectively

• Minnesota ranks third in the conference in scoring, averaging 79.9 points per game, and three-point shooting at 39.9 percent

Michigan hoops preview: Minnesota

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

#NR/NR Michigan (8-4, 0-0) vs #NR/NR Minnesota (11-2, 0-0) – Minneapolis, MN – 7pm EST – BTN
79.1 Points/gm 78.4
(329-700) 47.0 Field Goal % 43.9 (311-709)
(109-282) 38.7 3-pt FG % 35.0 (97-277)
(182-246) 74.0 Free Throw % 77.6 (222-286)
15.2 FT Made/gm 17.1
36.2 Reb/gm 37.3
15.8 Assists/gm 13.6
9.2 Turnovers/gm 9.8
63.5 Points/gm 66.8
(285-676) 42.2 Field Goal % 42.3 (281-665)
(54-165) 34.3 3-pt FG % 30.8 (72-234)
32.1 Opp. Reb/gm 33.5
6.0 Steals/gm 8.1
2.8 Blocks/gm 4.3
Individual Leaders
Nik Stauskas (18.2), Glenn Robinson III (14.2) Points/gm Andre Hollins (16.0), Austin Hollins (13.5)
Mitch McGary (8.3), Glenn Robinson III (5.0) Reb/gm Elliott Eliason (8.4), Austin Hollins (7.1)


The football season mercifully ended last Saturday which means we can all officially turn our attention to basketball in time for the conference slate to begin. Michigan finished the non-conference schedule 8-4 with good wins against Stanford and Florida State, three losses that won’t hurt them against Iowa State, Duke, and Arizona, and one bad loss to Charlotte.

Three Big Ten foes stand in the top five of the national rankings and Michigan isn’t one of them. One other is in the top 25 and it’s not Michigan. It’s certainly not the position Michigan expected to be in entering Big Ten play, but the Wolverines have been battle tested as much as any team in the conference over the first nine weeks of the season.

The real season begins tonight on the road at Minnesota, which stands 11-2. Winning on the road in the Big Ten is never easy, but it is imperative that Michigan get off to a good start and win the games it should win. The Wolverines get Northwestern, Nebraska, and Penn State after this one, so they have a great chance to start out 4-0 before traveling to Madison on Jan. 18.

Minnesota is led by first year head coach Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. The younger Pitino spent one season as the head man at Florida International, guiding the Panthers to 18 wins and the first winning season since 1999-2000. He spent three years on his father’s staff at Louisville before taking over at FIU last season. At age 31, he’s the youngest coach in the Big Ten, and when John Beilein turns 62 on Feb. 5, Pitino will be exactly half his age.

So what can we expect from this revamped version of the Gophers? Let’s take a look:

The Starters
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Andre Hollins (G) 30.8 16.0 40.3 32.9 83.8 4.1 3.2 1.9 0.1 1.3
Austin Hollins (G) 31.9 13.5 42.0 34.8 74.4 7.1 2.7 1.4 0.9 1.6
Deandre Mathieu (G) 28.3 11.9 51.6 53.8 80.9 2.6 4.8 1.9 0.0 2.1
Oto Osenieks (F) 20.3 7.3 47.1 27.3 69.6 3.3 0.7 0.9 0.4 0.6
Elliott Eliason (C) 24.7 6.1 46.6 00.0 76.0 8.4 0.8 0.9 2.3 1.1
The Others
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Malik Smith (G) 21.7 10.0 41.5 39.7 85.0 2.0 1.2 1.0 0.1 0.8
Joey King (F) 20.0 8.2 43.5 29.2 74.2 2.7 0.3 0.9 0.3 0.4
Maurice Walker (F) 15.2 5.3 55.6 00.0 80.0 4.2 0.5 1.3 0.7 0.7
Maverick Ahanmisi (G) 11.1 2.8 38.9 42.9 68.8 1.4 0.8 0.6 0.1 0.4

The Hollins brothers are the stars of the team, leading the Gophers with 16 and 13.5 points per game, respectively. Andre Hollins (6’2″, 195) has scored in double figures in 10 of 13 games with a season high of 26 against Richmond. Austin Hollins (6’4″, 190) has reached double figures in all but one game (in which he scored nine) and has a season high of 20 against South Dakota State. The latter has been the better shooter this season, averaging about two percentage points better from both two and three.

Junior guard Deandre Mathieu (5’9″, 165) is the team’s third leading scorer at 11.9 points per game and the best shooter at 51.6 percent overall and 53.8 percent from downtown. The transfer from Moorhead State and Central Arizona College lit up Nebraska-Omaha for 27 points two weeks ago, shooting 9-of-11 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

In the frontcourt, junior forward Oto Osenieks (6’8″, 220) is averaging 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. His season high of 14 against Wofford came on 6-of-11 shooting, but he has hit just 7-of-24 three-point attempts on the season. Center Elliott Eliason (6’11”, 240) leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game and averages just 6.1 points. He scored ten points in back-to-back games against South Dakota State and Nebraska-Omaha, but has been held scoreless twice as well.

Senior guard Malik Smith (6’2″, 200) comes off the bench to be the Gophers’ fourth player that averages double figures. The Florida International transfer put up 16 against Syracuse on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-7 from downtown. He followed that up with games of 15 and 16 against Arkansas and Chaminade, respectively, and has a season high of 19 against UNO.

Sophomore Joey King (6’9″, 225) and redshirt junior Maurice Walker (6’10, 250) are key subs in the frontcourt. King, a transfer from Drake, scored 20 in the season opener against Lehigh, but has reached double figures just twice since. Walker missed the first six games of the season but contributed 11 points and eight rebounds against New Orleans on Dec. 7.

The Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Nov. 8 Lehigh W 81-62
Nov. 12 Montana W 84-58
Nov. 16 at Richmond W 74-59
Nov. 19 Coastal Carolina W 82-72
Nov. 21 Wofford W 79-57
Nov. 25 #8 Syracuse* L 67-75
Nov. 26 Arkansas* L 73-87
Nov. 27 Chaminade* W 83-68
Dec. 3 Florida State W 71-61
Dec. 7 New Orleans W 80-65
Dec. 10 South Dakota State W 75-59
Dec. 20 Nebraska-Omaha W 92-79
Dec. 28 Texas A&M CC W 65-44
*Maui Invitational

At 11-2, Minnesota has done everything it should during the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Gophers’ best win was a 71-61 home victory over Florida State in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The Seminoles are the only common opponent thus far. Aside from FSU, the rest of Minnesota’s wins have been against a bunch of cupcakes.

The only other major conference foes, #8 Syracuse and unranked Arkansas, resulted in losses, both in the Maui Invitational. The Gophers did play Syracuse tough, however, falling 75-67 after trailing by just three at halftime. The Gophers were within two with under two minutes remaining. Against Arkansas, Minnesota held a 40-35 halftime lead, but was outscored 52-33 in the final 20 minutes.

The Series

Michigan holds a 86-65 all-time lead in the series including wins in the last four and eight of the last nine. Michigan is 31-44 all-time at Minnesota but has won its last four games at Williams Arena.


• Michigan is 54-43 all-time in Big Ten openers.

• Glenn Robinson III is averaging 19.3 points and is shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range in his last four games.