KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Moritz Wagner #13 of the Michigan Wolverines handles the ball on offense against the Oregon Ducks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Know Thy IUBB Enemy: The Michigan Wolverines

The Indiana University men’s basketball team travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan to face the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.  The tipoff is at 12:30 and the game will be broadcast on CBS.  This is a rare Big Ten game being played in December to accommodate the Big Ten tournament in March, which is being played a week earlier than normal in New York City at Madison Square Garden.  Michigan is 6-2 on the season while Indiana stands at 4-3.  Michigan is currently ranked 44th in the KenPom rankings while Indiana is 80th.

THE SERIES

The Hoosiers own a decisive 107-59 lead in the series which began in 1918.  Michigan has a three-game winning streak in the series.  Last year the Wolverines won both games, 90-60 at Michigan, and 75-63 in Bloomington.

THE HEAD COACH

Michigan is led by head coach John Beilein who is in his 11th year as the Wolverines head coach.  He has a career record of 697-412, and is 221-137 at Michigan.

NOTEWORTHY WINS AND LOSSES

The Wolverines have played three teams thus far in the KenPom top 150:

  • A 77-75 LOSS vs. LSU at Maui
  • A 68-60 WIN vs. VCU at Maui
  • A 86-71 LOSS @ North Carolina

KEY PLAYER DEPARTURES FROM 2016-17

  • Zak Irvin
  • Derrick Walton
  • D.J. Wilson
  • Mark Donnal

STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Leading Scorers
    • Charles Matthews (6-6 junior guard) – 16.1 ppg (transfer from Kentucky)
    • Moritz Wagner (6-11 junior forward) – 15.9 ppg
    • Duncan Robinson (6-8 senior guard) – 11.8 ppg
    • Muhammed-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (6-4 senior guard) – 9.9 ppg
  • Leading Rebounders
    • Wagner – 8.6 rpg
    • Matthews – 4.9 rpg
  • Assist Leaders
    • Matthews – 4.0 apg
    • Abdur-Rahkman – 3.8 apg

TEAM STATISTICS (RANKINGS) – OUTLIERS IN BOLD

  • Scoring offense 77.8 (146)
  • Scoring defense 63.4 (43)
  • Scoring margin 14.4 (63)
  • Rebounding margin 1.1 (189)
  • Assists per game 16.5 (65)
  • Blocked shots per game 4 (104)
  • Steals per game 7.6 (82)
  • Turnover margin 4.8 (30)
  • Assist turnover ratio 1.78 (5)
  • Field goal percentage 49.1 (51)
  • Field goal percentage defense 43.9 (202)
  • Three point field goals per game 9.5 (57)
  • Three point field goal percentage 35.3 (170)
  • Free throw percentage 66.7 (261)

Photo credit – AFP

 

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