Michigan 79, Nebraska 50: Home Sweet Home

Leon Halip

The Wolverines got back on the winning track tonight against the recently surging Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Full disclosure, due to work and nasty conditions on the roads, I got home just in time to catch a whopping 30 seconds of this game. Thank you, winter, for making me miss my first game of the season.

So, a quick run through via bullets is in order, since those of you reading this probably don't need me to ramble too much about a game I didn't get to watch. I'll just hit the basics:

  • The focal point of my preview earlier was defense, namely guarding Terran Petteway. Well, the Wolverines held him to just five points on 2-for-10 shooting (0-for-3 from beyond the arc), and he also turned it over four times to one assist. He went 1-for-6 from the field in the first half; by then, Michigan led 49-21. In short: mission accomplished.
  • On the defensive front as a whole, the Wolverines held the 'Huskers to just 35.2 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from three. Notorious volume three-point shooter Ray Gallegos only attempted a pair of triples on the night. Meanwhile, Petteway and big man Walter Pitchford went a combined 0-for-7 from downtown.
  • Michigan held Nebraska to a measly 0.81 points per possession. Meanwhile, the Wolverines scored at a pace of 1.27 PPP.
  • Glenn Robinson III got back on track after a tough couple of games in East Lansing and Bloomington--he scored 11 points in the first half, six on dunks or layups. He finished with 23 on 8-for-14 shooting from the field.
  • Nik Stauskas had another quiet game, attempting just three field goals all game. But, given the performances of Robinson and Caris LeVert, it didn't seem to matter too much tonight.
  • Zak Irvin poured in 16 points, a career high, on 6-for-11 shooting (4-for-9 from three). At this point, it seems like Irvin is good for a game like this every five games or so. When the freshman is feeling it from outside like tonight, it's pretty hard to beat this Michigan team when you also have to check Stauskas, GRIII and LeVert as well, not to mention an consistently improving Derrick Walton Jr.
  • Michigan jumped out to an 8-0 lead by one minute and 46 seconds into the game. Whatever John Beilein told the squad in practice these past couple of days must have really hit home, as the start of any game against a confident, upset-minded team like Nebraska is always crucial.
  • After a rough performance against Indiana from the charity stripe, Michigan went a perfect 14-for-14 from there tonight.
And so begins Michigan's second monstrous stretch of the season. The Wolverines head to Iowa City on Saturday, where the Hawkeyes have lost their last two games.

If Michigan really wants to prove that the Indiana game was just a blip on the post-nonconference radar, a win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena would be a great way to prove it. On to the next one.

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