Michigan Basketball: Week in review for the Wolverines

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The Michigan Basketball team is off to a perfect 2-0 start, and there is a lot to be optimistic about as the Wolverines chase down another Big Ten Championship under Head Coach Juwan Howard.

After beating preseason MAC favorite Buffalo and Prairie View A&M, who was picked to finish second in the SWAC to the Wolverines’ 2020 NCAA Tournament opening opponent Texas Southern, Michigan basketball is off to exactly the start it was hoping for.

Winning the two games by a combined 40 points, head coach Juwan Howard has to be pleased with the early performance of his young team as it begins its journey toward a second straight Big Ten Conference title.

In this space every week from now until hopefully the first Monday in April, we will review the Michigan basketball team’s previous week by naming an MVP, Freshman of the Week, Sixth Man of the Week, Play of the Week, and discussing the impact of the results.

Without further ado, let’s dig into the inaugural week of the 2021 college basketball season for the Michigan Wolverines.

Team MVP

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This one could be the most consistent award given week in and week out all season.

To the surprise of nobody, our MVP of week one is the sophomore center, Hunter Dickinson.

Dickinson, a preseason All-American, averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists this week, adding a block in as well against Buffalo.

Against Buffalo, the big man was dominant in both halves and carried the Wolverines through a second-half lull to put away a pesky team that will likely be in the NCAA Tournament.

However, he came back to Earth a bit against Prairie View A&M with just 11 points, I’d expect his consistency to improve as competition does because Michigan basketball will need him to be their offensive focal point as they move into conference play and beyond.