Stronger Insider, Weaker Outside

The Michigan's mens basketball team is now 0-6 after losing at home to Central Michigan 85-78 and on the road to Duke 81-59 the past five days. Saturday's Duke game in particular actually showed some improvement in one key area, inside strength. However, turnovers again really hurt the Wolverines.

Against Duke Saturday, the Wolverines started 6-8 freshman Graham Brown (from Mio, Mich.) at center, and in 26 minutes of action he responded with 7 rebounds and 8 points. Sophomore 6-6 forward Chuck Bailey (from Detroit King), a 220-pounder, also helped provide some muscle inside, and contributed 11 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Michigan also shot better against the Blue Devils, 43% overall and 35% at three-pointers, versus season averages of 38% and 28%, respectively.

However, just as Wolverines bolstered two areas, another -- turnovers -- has been weakened further. Michigan had 25 turnovers against Duke, 19 in the first half (vs. the Blue Devils' 13 overall) as Duke widened an early 20-17 lead to 44-25 by the half. And now The Wolverines are down to just one scholarship point guard, freshman Daniel Horton. Junior point guard Avery Queen has been dismissed from the team, and sophomore combo-guard Dommanic Ingerson has announced that he is transferring at Christmas.

Michigan's next game is Wednesday evening at home again Bowling Green (2-2).

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