Morning, all. Here's one more primer for Michigan (tonight at Hilton, 5 p.m. on ESPN2).
Iowa State is a one-point favorite per kenpom, while Vegas is mixed a bit. The Cyclones are one-point favorites in six of the deciding casinos, while two others list the game as a "pick 'em." Michigan opened as a two-point favorite.
Does Vegas know something we don't about Mitch McGary?
Speaking of the Wolverines' big man, it's unlikely anybody will know anything until the teams take the court for pregame warmups. If he's in a suit, he's obviously not playing. McGary last season snatched up 16 percent of available offensive rebounds and 22.4 percent of defensive rebounds, 10th and 86th in the country, respectively. He's missed the first two games of the season.
Michigan's key contributors are Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Derrick Walton and Jon Horford. Stauskas is 13th nationally in effective field goal percentage (83.3) and 15th in true shooting percentage (81.6). The latter is a measure of shooting efficiency, the former no different from field goal percentage other than adjusting for the fact three-pointers are worth much more than two-pointers.
Walton and Iowa State's Monte Morris each had Michigan offers in high school, but Walton swooped it up first. Morris, Mr. Basketball in the state his senior year, said this week he's friends with Walton from AAU and the rivalry is a friendly one.
Per kenpom's scouting report, the Wolverines have an adjusted offensive efficiency of 112.5, No. 13 nationally, and a defensive efficiency of 93.4, No. 22.
The Wolverines are very smart with the ball, with a turnover percentage of 12.3, No. 22 nationally. They don't force many turnovers, though.
Thirty-seven percent of Michigan's total points have come off three-pointers. Iowa State bests the Wolverines, and just about anybody else, in that category, with a mark of 44.6, ninth nationally.
The Cyclones have the 23rd-best offensive efficiency (111.2).
Through just two games, Iowa State has forced 18 turnovers, among the lowest marks in the nation.
Naz Long leads the Cyclones with 15.5 points per game, Georges Niang is second with 14.
It's got to be a matter of time before DeAndre Kane notches a triple-double. The 6-foot-4 point guard has a 14-9-5.5 stat line of points, rebounds and assists and in his most recent game scored 13 points, pulled down 11 boards and dished out seven assists.
Now for Shot Charts
I compile these after every game. It's too early to notice any trends, but it's cool content.