Michigan Basketball: Binghamton at Michigan — Preview
Binghamton at Michigan
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This year marks the tenth anniversary of Binghamton University playing Division One basketball. The team is young, with ten underclassmen and many first time players. Known as the Bearcats, Binghamton will limp into Crisler with a 2-8 record.
The team has been plagued by poor marksmanship, shooting less than 40 percent combined from the field and under 30 percent from three-point land. The foul shooting is just over 60 percent. The rebounding has been a break-even proposition with the opposition. To compound matters, the turnover average is 16 per game.
Jordan Reed is a big freshman guard averaging nearly 20 points per game. Michigan’s first defensive mission will be to play tough and get a good match-up that cuts down his production. Strangely, he is also leading the team in rebounding averaging ten per game.
Two other Bearcats average near double figures: senior guard, Jimmy Gray and junior forward Roland Brown. Eleven members of this team see the floor regularly, a good strategy with a young team trying to find an identity.
Michigan can afford to play ten to twelve deep in this game, perhaps even more going down the stretch. With the increased time that Horford and LeVert are receiving, Michigan is now nine deep and two or three others have received frequent cameo time.
Michigan may not play any player more than 30 minutes, giving others needed floor time and providing fresher legs for the brutal medieval match-up coming Saturday against West Virginia.
Coach Beilein can choose what part of the offense to fine-tune. There will almost certainly be an effort to balance the scoring to work on the entire offense. This game provides a chance for all three post players to get some work and work the ball to the hoop, something Michigan still has not done well. Michigan will be able to run or play half-court sets.
Michigan’s coaching staff may set strict goals on defense and pull a player or two if the continued laziness to get back in transition again shows up. There will be a chance to see who is playing hard man-to-man defense every time down the floor.
If Michigan takes care of business and gets ahead early, Coach Beilein can start his tinkering agenda and get everyone ready for Saturday.
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