3 takeaways from Michigan Basketball’s win over Southern Utah

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Solid showings by freshmen

Michigan basketball fans have been wondering why Kobe Bufkin hasn’t been playing more but on Saturday, he got his chance and saw 18 minutes, which led to 11 points and three rebounds.

Bufkin didn’t shoot the ball great and he was 4-of-9 overall but missed all of his attempts from downtown. That won’t always happen in the future and it was good to see Bufkin get to the free-throw line. He also looks like a guy who needs a regular role.

Frankie Collins is right there with him. He was highly productive in 14 minutes with five points, three assists, and four boards. And while Caleb Houstan didn’t make a trey, he scored nine points, got to the line, and was efficient.

Moussa Diabate also had a solid effort, although I could live without his turnovers, which are generally due more to mental mistakes than physical.

But all four guys that see regular minutes played well and in the case of Bufkin, it’s a case for a more extended role.