The Michigan Wolverines and the Detroit Titans will meet for the 27th time tonight at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan holds the upper hand against Detroit with a 22-4 record overall (12-2 at home). The Wolverines last played the Titans in 2010, winning 75-64.
At a glance…
|PPG||Zak Irvin||22||Anton Wilson||17|
|REBOUNDS||Caris LeVert||7||Matthew Grant||5|
|ASSISTS||Caris LeVert||7.5||Jarod Williams / Matthew Grant||2.5|
Detroit is obviously the underdog here. Heading into Ann Arbor and competing with this Wolverines team is going to end up being one of the biggest challenges of the year for the Titans.
However, that doesn’t mean the Wolverines can snooze through this one.
The Titans’ offense is going to run through Anton Wilson and Juwan Howard Jr. for the most part. Both are averaging over 15 points per game through Detroit’s first two contests. They’ll be tough to guard on the perimeter, but it’s worth noting that this Detroit team doesn’t move the ball very well. So long as those two are held in check, the Titans are going to have a very difficult time getting anything positive in motion.
For Michigan—not that I’m too worried about size—but this is going to be a game in which they’ll be on an even playing field as far as height is concerned, and with that comes a few more opportunities to see what guys like Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal and Max Biefeldt can do in the post. I certainly don’t expect Michigan to compensate its offense, but so long as it fits within the flow of the game, don’t be surprised to see Michigan try to work down low on Detroit.
Looking for a breakout performance? I’m counting on Caris LeVert. It’s not because he receives almost all the praise this team gets, but because he had a miserable shooting night against Bucknell. To his credit, he found other ways to be a positive factor on offense and defense—that’s what really should be most admired about his game. Detroit is going to have him at the top of its scouting report for tonight’s contest, but I don’t think that’s going to matter. Detroit doesn’t have a defender who can keep up with LeVert, and overdoing it on the help will open up too many other options.
It won’t be close. I see Michigan taking this one, 88-54.