Michigan Basketball: Wayne State — Final Exhibition Game — Preview
Wayne State is a successful program that is a member of the GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), a collaboration of former Division II and NAIA teams. Wayne State recorded a 17-10 record last year and returns most contributing scorers.
Wayne State has some height in the frontcourt, but frankly Michigan should again be able to run and score with some ease.
The tone of the game may be decided by what the Michigan coaching staff wishes to work on, and since McGary is still recovering from back problems look for the Wolverines to emphasize the running and perimeter aspects.
It will be interesting to again watch the two new contributing faces to Michigan basketball, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Junior. Irvin will again attempt to get into the bomb squad flow and Walton will continue his work on game control.
Caris LeVert is always an interesting study. When the shots fall, fans excitement level goes up. But when the turnovers and bad shots dominate, a different reaction happens. Caris is bigger and stronger, but he appears to have retained his quickness. On offense, Caris is a tough match-up for opponents. Defensively, the verdict remains to be seen when Michigan plays tougher opposition.
Glenn Robinson III will likely attempt to score both inside and outside to continue his quest to become an all-around scorer. Perhaps the same can be said for Nik Stauskas.
Coach Beilein will continue his quest for better defense and better rebounding. Jordan Morgan can be inserted into the eventual starting line up to gain size and rebounding. He continues to run the floor well and if he can avoid ridiculous fouls should be a valuable member of the 2013-2014 squad.
The season starts Friday, November 8, against UMass-Lowell. Lowell is a nice area about 40 miles north of Boston close to the New Hampshire border. The preseason is sprinkled with probable wins and tough match-ups. Iowa State is a very difficult place to play. The Puerto Rico Tip-Off will see Michigan matched up with either VCU or Florida State. The ACC match-up game sends Michigan to Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, a place where Big Ten teams go to get hammered on a regular basis. Arizona comes calling on December 14. It is too bad that Athletic Director Brandon has decided to place scalper prices on single game ticket prices like games such as Arizona, while begging fans to come to games like Lowell and Houston Baptist to sit in the top few rows and receive a free hot dog and drink.
The Big Ten GBMWolverine annual preview will be upcoming about a month from now. Again, Michigan finds itself in a mix of four or five teams that could win the league.
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