Friday, January 4, 2019

Michigan Friday: Win Over Penn State

John Beilein's club took the floor to re-start the Big Ten season at Crisler last night.   It was a bit of a defensive battle as both teams only combined for 45 points in the first half.   

Michigan started to find it's offense in the second half and scored 43 points of their own to pull away with a 68-55 win.  If this team can find it's outside shooting they will continue to be difficult to beat as their defense is suffocating.   I tell you what, Jon Teske might be one of the most important guys on the floor as he is great as a rim protection, rebounds, and even adds some offense with the pick and roll.  He is also the guy that can get you through a few scoring draughts that all teams go through.  The Michigan scoring was lead by Poole with 17 and Iggy added a double/double with 16 points and 11 boards. 

The bad news on the night was that sophomore forward Isaiah Livers didn't play due to back spasms and is questionable for Sunday's game against Indiana.    This will be the first quick turnaround for the Wolverines in a few weeks and hopefully playing twice in 4 days will be a positive for the young Wolverines offense. 

  • On during the same time was the UA All American Game.  So it was really hard to watch both.  I did see some of it and didn't get a good look at any of the Wolverine commits.  I will continue to look for stats as the UA game site is down this morning.  

  • Congratulations to Steve Hutchinson and Ty Law being named as Hall of Fame finalists. 

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