Michigan Basketball: Grading the Wolverines against UCF

Michigan forward Terrance Williams (Detroit Free Press)
Michigan forward Terrance Williams (Detroit Free Press) /
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We will see the Michigan basketball team again Wednesday, but before we take a look at Toledo, here’s a final look at the grades for UCF.

It has been a crazy few days for the Michigan basketball team. On Sunday, the Wolverines routed Central Florida and were supposed to look ahead to playing North Carolina State.

Only, we found out Monday that Michigan basketball would not be playing that game Wednesday night as it was postponed due to positive tests within the NC State program.

Then, just hours after not thinking there would be a game, the Wolverines signed on to host Toledo, another team from the MAC on Wednesday.

We’ll get into Toledo a bit later today, but first, I wanted to take a final look back at the Wolverines 80-58 win over Central Florida and here are the grades for each Wolverine starting with the bigs:


Hunter Dickinson: A+

That might seem like a high grade but it’s hard to play much better than Dickinson did Sunday night. He was 6-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 from the free throw line, grabbed seven rebounds total, two offensive boards and blocked a shot. He had two fouls in 24 minutes but that’s pretty good for a freshman big man and he didn’t turn it over once. He needs to start.

Austin Davis: B

Austin Davis was solid in his 13 minutes of work, especially on the offensive end where he scored three buckets and made all of his shots. He’s great on the block but his ball-screen defense isn’t good and UCF took advantage just like Big Ten teams will.

Brandon Johns: B+

I have been really impressed with the way Johns has played this season and he probably deserves more minutes than Davis too. He’s athletic and he’s far and away the best post defender the Wolverines have. He’s also one of their best rebounders. His effort has been a spark and he played hard the entire night and even connected on a 3-pointer. Johns had five points, two assists, two rebounds and a steal but four fouls in 15 minutes. Fouls are one of his biggest issues.

Terrance Williams: A

Michigan basketball badly needed a spark against UCF and Williams provided it. In just 13 minutes, he scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was 3-of-3 from the free throw line and also buried a triple while shooting 3-of-6 on field goal attempts. He can play 3-5. His defense is stellar and so is his effort. Already one of my favorite players.