Due to WCBN Sports on-air coverage of Michigan women’s basketball today against North Florida, we are unable to call the Michigan vs Detroit basketball from LCA. Instead, I’ll be writing a stream of my thoughts during the course of this game.
Pregame, getting ready for tip-off: Michigan is coming off a big win at Texas. UDM is 4-6 and doesn’t have many great wins yet. This arena is 90% empty. Wagner is out.
19:00 0-0: Neither team has gotten a good look yet. Teske took a long mid range jumper. Wagner being out really disrupts this team's offensive flow.
17:50 Michigan leads 4-0: Charles Matthews is good. These rims don’t like Michigan so far. Teske being in really helps this team’s defense.
17:19 Michigan leads 4-0: Kam Chatman is gonna take a lot of shots in this game. I wouldn’t be surprised if he scores 30. He has a chip on his shoulder for sure.
16:33 Michigan leads 4-2: Brooks-MAAR-Matthews-Livers-Teske is a tremendous defensive lineup- but an awful shooting lineup. Matthews is great going to the rim but not great at shooting. He’s about to shoot free throws…. Missed the first…. MADE THE SECOND. Also, Michigan had two blocks on that last defensive possession.
15:13 Michigan leads 7-2, first media timeout: I’ve counted about 5 shots that have bounced in and out for Michigan. They’ve missed 8 total shots. They’re giving away free pizza right now. Sidenote: LCA charged $8 for the media meal. I have never been to a stadium/arena that does that. (WCBN Sports alumnus Leo Blavin says it's the norm for non-collegiate/NFL sporting events, I’m still pissed). This Detroit team is really bad. It feels like Michigan should hold them under 40. Austin Davis is in the game now for Michigan.
14:42 Michigan leads 9-2: Davis with an easy layup. If Michigan has 3 true centers that are all playable, it will take a lot of pressure of Wagner to stay out of foul trouble in conference play.
14:05 Michigan leads 9-2: Both teams with in-and-out misses. What’s with these rims? Chatman at the line again, he’s the only player with points for UDM. He’s averaging 17 ppg and 8 rpg for UDM. I don’t know how much this program misses him- I think losing Dawkins was more significant.
13:14 Michigan leads 12-4: Duncan Robinson hit a 3. When he was going through his 0-29 stretch, it felt like he should have been unplayable. I still don’t think he should be starting. Livers is a better defender and rebounder. Livers-Wagner and Robinson-Teske frontcourt combinations make a lot more sense.
12:39 Michigan leads 14-4: Jordan Poole is so shifty and creative with the ball. He is going to be good. According to Alex Kremer, “He’s going to be really good.” As I’m typing that, Poole throws down a dunk.
12:24 Michigan leads 16-4, UDM Timeout: UDM looks outmatched. The UDM cheer team is performing to Pitbull right now. I want to take a second to say that Michigan State has a really good chance to run the table and go undefeated in conference. They have arguably the best player in the country in Miles Bridges, and then 4 or 5 other guys who would be the best player on 10 Big Ten teams.
10:55 Michigan leads 21-7: UDM finally made their first field goal, and then Zavier Simpson answered with a 3 pointer. Teske leads all scorers with 6 right now.
9:55 Michigan leads 23-10: UDM is finally having some productive offensive possessions. But Zavier Simpson is playing like late-game takeover Zavier Simpson and maintaining the lead.
9:13 Michigan leads 23-10: Back to back travelling calls go against each team. Thrilling.
8:52 Michigan leads 23-10: That’s 3 travelling violations in 4 possessions. High quality basketball right now.
8:40 Michigan leads 23-11: UDM snapped a 2:08 scoring drought with a free throw. Michigan has 6 offensive rebounds and UDM has 9 turnovers, but Michigan has had 3 straight turnovers now. This is a sloppy game and the 30 fans here must be disappointed.
7:35 Michigan leads 26-13: ANOTHER travelling call, this time against UDM. That’s 13 combined turnovers. Michigan is 11-26 from the field (and has 26 points), while UDM is 3-13 from the field (and has 13 points). MAAR is 0-3 from the field but has 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Teske still leads all scorers with 6 points; Chatman and Allen have 4 each for UDM and Simpson and Robinson each have 5 for the Wolverines.
5:40 Michigan leads 37-13, UDM Timeout, UDM Points 13-UDM Turnovers 11: Robinson, Simpson, and Watson hit consecutive 3 pointers, and this is getting ugly already.
5:28 Michigan leads 37-13, UDM points 13-UDM turnovers 12: This turnover-points battle is getting interesting.
4:16 Michigan leads 42-13, UDM POINTS 13-UDM TURNOVERS 13: UDM is going on 4 minutes without points, they’ve missed their last 5 shots.
3:49 Michigan leads 42-13, UDM Points 13-UDM Turnovers 13: UDM points is about to retake the lead with a couple free throws, but it was fun while it lasted. Robinson (11) and Simpson (10) have keyed this run for the Wolverines.
2:23 Michigan leads 45-17, UDM points 17- UDM turnovers 13: Michigan is on a 22-4 scoring run. Make that 25-4 now that Jordan Poole has hit back to back 3s. And make it 27-4 with a MAAR swipe and score.
1:28 Michigan leads 50-17, UDM points 17-UDM turnovers 15: This game is U-G-L-Y.
0:00 Michigan leads 54-19, UDM points 19-UDM turnovers 15: Michigan got a big boost from Jordan Poole in the last 3 minutes of the half. He has 10 points in 8 minutes. Simpson has 12 and Robinson has 11 for the Wolverines while Kam Chatman has 7 for UDM.
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