Michigan basketball vs. Long Beach State: How to watch, keys, and a prediction

Michigan basketball is off to a scintillating start this season. Long Beach State is up next. Here’s how to watch, keys, and a prediction. 

It’s another Friday night game in November for the Michigan baskeball team, which is hosting Long Beach State, a Big West opponent on Friday night.

Like the other buy games this season, Michigan baskeball has a solid opponent coming to town. Long Beach State is ranked 126th according to the Kenpom rankings, which is the second-highest-ranked team the Wolverines will face this season.

Dan Monson is a former head coach at Gonzaga and Minnesota. The Beach loves to get up and down. They have had some problems taking care of the ball, but they are going to try and crash the boards and get out in transition.

That’s probably a good thing because Michigan basketball has been solid on defense. The Wolverines have a top-50 defense and a top-20 offense according to Kenpom. If Michigan can cut down on the offensive rebounds, that will help.

Let’s get into this matchup with key information such as how to watch, keys, and predictions.

Michigan basketball vs. Long Beach State How to watch

Date: Nov. 17
Game Time: 7:00 EST
Venue: Crisler
How to Watch: Big Ten Plus

Michigan basketball vs. Long Beach State odds

According to DraftKings, the Wolverines are a 14.5-point favorite. The over/under is 159 and there is no money line offered.

Keys for Michigan basketball vs. Long Beach State

  • Dominating the 2-point battle: Michigan basketball has been exceptional at scoring the ball inside. The Wolverines rank 20th on 2-point attempts with a 62.4 field-goal percentage. Michigan is also allowing opposing teams to shoot just 38 percent. If the Wolverines continue that on Friday night, they should win by double digits.
  • Keep Long Beach State off the glass: I’m not sure why allowing offensive rebounds has been such an issue for this team, but Michigan allowed 27 offensive boards to St. John’s. They should be able to win the rebounding battle with its size advantage, but we’ll see.
  • More dominance from Dug: Michigan’s point guard has been spectacular. Dug McDaniel has looked like an All-Big Ten point guard. He’s scoring 21.3 points per game, averaging 6.3 assists, and just two turnovers. If he keeps rolling on Friday night, U-M should cruise.

Michigan basketball vs. Long Beach State prediction

I wouldn’t be shocked if Long Beach State made this game interesting and exciting, but the Wolverines have too much firepower. Dug McDaniel has taken a huge leap and Olivier Nkamhoua has been tough to stop and I see the Wolverines’ top-20 offense leading Michigan to a win.

Score: Michigan 89, Long Beach State 72