ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Winners of four straight, Michigan is clicking on all cylinders as they prepare for the rigors of Big Ten play, says Caris LeVert, after U-M’s 96-60 dismantling of Bryant Wednesday night at Crisler Center.
“We’re just trying to play basketball the right way,” said LeVert, who led U-M with 19 points against Bryant. “We know if you play the right way, the game will reward you. So I think the past few games we went against zones, and the byproduct of that is really good passes, and we shot the ball really well.”
Michigan passed the ball well, indeed, as a team they converted 26 assists on their 37 made field goals against Bryant. And that type of ball movement is what U-M’s needs to do more consistently moving forward, says LeVert.
“I think it’s important for us to play well every night,” LeVert said. “We’re not a team that can afford tot take nights off, we’re still a young team. I think the first half our defense wasn’t great. The second half we really stepped it up. We got to do that for a full 40 minutes going into the Big Ten season.”
Is U-M’s performance on Wednesday an indicator of how LeVert expects Michigan to play moving forward into Big Ten play?
“I think so,” LeVert said. “We have a lot of weapons. With Derrick (Walton Jr.) and Zak (Irvin) a 100 percent, that’s even more fire power for us. I think all four of our guards-wings can really pass and shoot the basketball. So that really posses a threat for opposing teams.”
Michigan (10-3) next plays at Illinois on Wednesday Dec. 30.