For the first time since 1933, Michigan's men's basketball team has started the season 0-4.
Their first four games:
The US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam:
Nov 23 vs St Bonnaventure: 89-68
Nov 24 vs Virginia Tech 65-53
Nov 25 vs Kansas State 82-71
Nov 30 at home vs Western Michigan 56-52
In the Western Michigan game, Michigan was saddled with .357 shooting, and only 2/13 (.154) from beyond the three-point line ... The Wolverines did not make their first outside shot until 13:59. Michigan also committed 21 turnovers.
Four game anaylsis: Without the abilty to pound it inside (frosh center Chris Hunter is 6-19 shooting in four games, and frosh back-up Graham Brown is 7-17) and get offensive rebounds, Michigan has to be able to shoot, and shoot the three-pointer ... but Michigan's field goal percentage is .355 overall/.273 for three-pointers ... even senior forward LaVell Blanchard is .375/.312.
Turnovers are hurting them as well ... the Wolverines have committed 20+ in two of their games, for an average of 16, vs 9.2 assists.
Rebounding is holding up, which is a little surprising considering there are freshmen playing center ... Michigan is averaging an acceptable 36 rebounds per game, only four less than their opponents. Blanchard is leading the way, averaging 8.0 per game.
Bottom Line: the inside game is not going to magically appear, not with two freshmen manning the post. And with another freshman, Daniel Horton, manning the point The Wolverines may not reduce the turnovers much either. So The Wolverine have to hope to shoot the ball better.
Men's Basketball Starts 0-4
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