Game Preview: Michigan @ Rutgers

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The Michigan Wolverines now have an incredibly daunting task ahead of them without Caris LeVert, and it all starts tonight against Rutgers.

At a glance…

MICHIGAN RUTGERS
RECORD 11/7/2015 10/9/2015
PPG 65.5 60.2
OPP PPG 62.4 62.7
FG% 41.5% 40%
T/O PG 9.8 12.9
STREAK W1 L2

Team leaders…

MICHIGAN RUTGERS
PPG Caris LeVert 14.9 Myles Mack 14.7
REBOUNDS Caris LeVert 4.9 Junior Etou 7.1
ASSISTS Caris LeVert 3.7 Myles Mack 4.5

First, let’s run through the list of injuries that will be hurting Michigan tonight.

  • Caris LeVert — foot (out)
  • Derrick Walton — turf toe (probable)
  • Spike Albrecht — sick (questionable)
  • Ricky Doyle — sick (questionable)
  • Kameron Chatman — knee (questionable)
  • Zak Irvin — sick (probable)
  • DJ Wilson — knee (out)

The injuries are piling up, and Michigan is undoubtedly going to be feeling the effects of a lack of depth now.

There is good news, though. Rutgers is not a team that will shoot you out of a game. The Scarlet Knights are averaging a Big Ten-worst 0.93 points per possession in conference games this season. The dynamic duo of seniors Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack is a strong one, and they bring a diverse set of skills to the court.

Mack loves to push the ball in transition, though he can occasionally get himself into a rush and make some questionable decisions. The offense runs through him nonetheless. Jack is a 6-foot-9 big man who moves well with and without the ball.

Together those two are going to create a problem for a Michigan defense that often lacks intensity.

Without LeVert, Michigan is going to have to play a better brand of team offense. Often times LeVert could create for himself and get a halfway decent shot. That won’t be an option for the remainder of the season though.

Tonight’s game is going to be really interesting to watch because we have no idea who’s going to be available and at what capacity. Certainly the transition offense is going to take a hit, so can Michigan play well enough in the half-court game? That’s the big question.

Prediction…

I don’t think this is Michigan’s night. There’s way too much pushing against the Wolverines right now. I’ll take Rutgers, 54-43.

Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.

Tyler Fenwick
Managing Editor at The Big House Report
I am an aspiring journalist studying at IUPUI. I am the third (and youngest) manager of The Big House Report, and it's my responsibility to make sure it runs more smoothly today than it did yesterday.