The last time Michigan took the court, it was against the Wisconsin Badgers, the mightiest team in the Big Ten. College GameDay was in Ann Arbor and the atmosphere was incredible. The Wolverines fell a hair short in overtime, but the momentum taken from that performance may carry over to tonight’s matchup with Nebraska.
At A Glance
|RECORD||12-8 (5-3)||12-7 (4-3)|
|PPG||Caris LeVert 14.9||Terran Petteway 19.6|
|REBOUNDS||Caris LeVert 4.9||Shavon Shields 6.7|
|ASSISTS||Caris LeVert 3.7||Terran Petteway 2.5|
It’s a pivotal game for both teams. Michigan is sitting at 5-3 in the Big Ten; Nebraska is a game behind at 4-3.
As you see, an injured Caris LeVert is still the per-game leader for the Wolverines, but a total team effort thus far has done the job in helping replace his production.
Derrick Walton Jr. is becoming a bigger part of the offense, and there’s no doubt that trend will need to continue.
Any time a team takes on Nebraska, the task of having to match Terran Pittway is right there, and it’s daunting. We could talk all day about how a “team effort” can carry Michigan past a star like Petteway, but that usually isn’t how these games work.
I would say taking the one-on-one approach is falling into a trap, but a player like Walton is capable of carrying a team, and I don’t think anyone should complain if that’s what he goes for tonight.
There’s a lot to still be concerned about when it comes to this team’s future. Saturday night’s game against Wisconsin was a great chance to get a look at where this team is going, and tonight’s game against Nebraska is going to do the same thing.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.