3 Predictions for Michigan Basketball against Central Florida

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Michigan basketball is back at home Sunday against Central Florida and here are three predictions for the Wolverines.

Michigan basketball is creeping closer to Big Ten play and on Sunday, the Wolverines will play what could end up being their final non-conference game.

That’s because just recently, it was announced that the North Carolina State basketball team had a positive test, which led to the cancellation of the Wolfpack’s game against UConn.

But with Michigan basketball set to play the Wolfpack on Wednesday in Ann Arbor as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, there is some worry about whether that game will happen.

That would be a big loss for Michigan basketball, but in these times, the Wolverines can really only cross that bridge if they get to it. For now, the focus is on an interesting UCF team that comes in ranked as No. 107 in the Kenpom rankings compared to 23rd for Michigan basketball.

The Knights were 16-14 a season ago in the American Conference and knocked off Auburn in their first game this season, forcing a bunch of turnovers in the process..

That’s part of what UCF does really well is force turnovers. The Knights forced Auburn into 22 when they met to open the season and last year, teams playing UCF averaged 14.3.

The Knights weren’t a great shooting team last year and lost their leading scorer Collin Smith, but Dre Fuller emerged in the opening game and they also boast C.J. Walker, a 6-foot-8 big man that was once a top-30 recruit.

Johnny Dawkins is the coach of UCF and for Michigan, this won’t be a walk in the park. Here are three predictions.