Michigan Basketball Improves to 4-0
Michigan Controls Paint, Glass in 66-59 win over Milwaukee-Wisconsin
Goofy Looking But Effective*Michigan is now 4-0. While only 5 players for Michigan scored points, it was the five that Michigan will have to rely this year to make the NCAAs. Courtney Sims lead the way, scoring 26 points and collecting 10 boards and 2 blocks.
Michigan trailed by two at the half but went on a tear in the second stanza. Harris, Sims and Petway chipped in 37 of Michigan's 41 second half points. After allowing the Panthers to shoot over 70% from three-point range, Michigan tightened up and limited Milwakee to 33% shooting behind the arc the rest of the way. Michigan also limitted MW to 32 points and 36% shooting from the floor. The Wolverines weren't active outside the arc, going only 1-9 from three. They did their damage on the inside. Michigan scored 34 point in the paint.
Dion Harris continued his stellar start to the year contributing 17 points and 4 steals. Lester Abram only put in 8 points, but led the team dishing out 6 assists. In terms of individual efforts, Brent Petway is off to a tremendous start this season. Petway collected a game high 11 rebounds and pumped in 14 points (going 4-5 at the stripe). Petway is far and way our best rebounder. He's grabbed 40 boards already this year, almost double what next closest rebounder Courtney Sims has contributed. At this point Petway is averaging 10 boards and 7 points a game. As he gets more comfortable as a starter, look for his point contributions to go up and don't be surprised if he's close to averaging a double double at the end of the year.
Turnovers remain a problem for Michigan. Michigan coughed the ball up 16 times. Even so only 11 came from the starters. A nice surprise during the game was Ekpe Udoh pulling down 6 boards in 13 minutes of play. Jerret Smith only saw 14 minutes of action, failing to record a point but contributing 3 assists, a steal, and not turning the ball over once. All in all, a pretty good day for the team.
Though Basketball is a team game, Sims was the man on Wednesday. Courtney score 20 of his 26 during the second half. He was assertive. He called for the ball. He got himself in position. He did all the thing we expect him to do. Tip your hat to him. More importantly, Sims got us a win over a Tourney team early. Hopefully this will be the spring board to the start of a great season.
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*Photo courtesy: Carlos Osorio/Associated Press