Notes: Northwestern-Michigan

Some notes before Northwestern-Michigan, including a Chane Behanan note. Also, we're in Ann Arbor.

— Really, Northwestern meets Michigan at the opportune moment. The Wolverines are adjusting to life without preseason All-American Mitch McGary — who recently underwent season-ending back surgery. Still, the Wolverines are beginning to meet their potential, with a two-point loss to No. 1 Arizona and crucial road win against Minnesota.

— Embattled point guard Dave Sobolewski took one promising step in the loss to Wisconsin. He played within control, limited turnovers and miscues, while trying to create offense for his teammates. If his dismal shooting numbers (27 percent overall and 19 percent from three) turn around – which they should – Sobolewski should return to being an adequate Big Ten point guard.

— There's nothing to explain Kale Abrahamson's recent minutes decrease. In the two games he played more than 20 minutes, Abrahamson averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds on 50 percent shooting. He's nonetheless playing much less than he did last season for a team that needs him more. Given his spark and effort, and Nate Taphorn's obvious and painful struggles, it makes no sense that Abrahamson continues to ride the bench.

— In his last three contests, Sanjay Lumpkin has attempted five total shots spanning 71 minutes. He's the definitive "offensive black hole," failing to establish himself on the offensive end. Worse, he continually falls victim to foul trouble — which is becoming inexcusable in the new college basketball climate. He's fouling opponents more than once every seven minutes, which leaves one of NU's unquestioned best defenders on the bench for significant stretches.

— First at PurpleWildcats.com: Northwestern is 100 percent invested in pursuing transfer options, per a source close to the program. They will not, however, go after Chane Behanan after conducting an informal background check. Alex Olah's not sufficing in the frontcourt, they need a true-four option, and could use major big man help heading into next season.


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