LeVert Nears Triple-Double in U-M Win

Caris LeVert scored 20 points with nine assists and eight rebounds in U-M's 92-68 win over Hillsdale college today.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – If there were any doubts about Caris LeVert’s foot coming into this season, they were quickly quieted with his near triple-double in Michigan’s season opening 92-68 win over Hillsdale Saturday at Crisler center.

In fact, LeVert looked like he was in mid-season form, finishing with an efficient 20-points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the win. Despite the fact, the pre-season All-Big Ten performer had no idea of the numbers he was putting up against the Chargers.

“I actually didn’t know until I sat down for the last time,” LeVert said. “I think Andrew[Dakich] came up to me and was like, ‘Bro, you just need a couple more. You had it.’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I looked up, and didn’t know.”

For the game, LeVert shot 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. But his biggest stat of the game was zero – as in zero turnovers – which earned praise from U-M coach John Beilein afterwards.

“The nine assists and zero turnovers, I mean that’s something -- you can see we got the ball in his hands a lot,” Beilein said of LeVert. “And he can see the floor. He is very unselfish. That was a really a good performance.”

LeVert, who suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his foot during NCAA tournament play last season, says he is completely healthy and showed no signs of the injury on the court.

“I feel good,” LeVert said on his current health status. “My conditioning is back up. My jumper, it felt pretty good today.”

However, while LeVert has the skill-set to create for himself, he says he’s not trying to force the issue offensively.

“It’s kind of just letting the game come to me,” Levert said. “I know when I have the ball the defense is kind of locked in on me. I know my teammates are going to be open and make really big shots for us. There is just a read on the game.”

The hardest part for LeVert is balancing between being an scorer and a facilitator, he says.

“There is definitely a balance in there,” LeVert said. “The coaches are encouraging me to be aggressive the whole game. My teammates as well. Everyone has a great deal of confidence with each other. So just going out there playing with my teammates is really easy.”

Michigan (1-0) next plays host to Bucknell on Monday at 8 p.m.

The Michigan Insider Top Stories