Game 6: Savannah St. at Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt
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Basics:
Who: Savannah St @ Michigan
Where: Crisler Arena
When: 2:00 PM ET
TV: BigTenNetwork.com
Radio: MGoBlue, WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050)

Another tune up for Michigan today, this one against the Savannah State Tigers. Savannah State is 4-1 with wins coming over Brewton Parker, North Florida, Coastal Carolina, and New Orleans and a 32 point loss to Clemson. Sadly you will have to try to catch this one on BTN.com if you can’t make the game.

Savannah State averages 72 possessions per game compared to Michigan’s 64 so we could see another faster game. Savannah State is just not efficient scoring the ball, they rank 309th in efficiency and have an eFG% of 43.2%. As a team Savannah State turns the ball over on 26.8% of their possessions, good for 19.4 per game. On the other hand they average only 13 assists per game.

The players to watch for Savannah are versatile forwards Chris Linton (9.4ppg, 6rpg, 2.6apg) and Rashad Hassan (12.8ppg, 5.8rpg). They also don’t have a lot of size, their only player over 6-7 is 6-10 junior Glen Izevbigie who averages only 7.6 minutes per game.

This should be an easy win for Michigan against a team that was clearly outmatched by their only high major opponent. Michigan needs to take care of business before their big test in College Park next Wednesday.

Predictions, game comments, and complaints about BigTenNetwork.com streaming are all fair game in the comments.

  • Count me in the Shepard was refreshing category. Its nice to hear the announcers tell the truth and point out the fact that UM was getting jobbed. I agree A. Wright has a role and it includes rebounding but the point I would stress is when hes not hitting he needs to stop bricking and contribute in other ways(passing, defense and rebounding).

  • UMDC

    My personal opinion is that Matt Shepard is a good announcer, but I can understand why he might rub some people the wrong way.

    I can’t remember Wright ever getting “hot.” At this point, he is not a “streaky” shooter either. He is not a good shooter, period. To be a streaky shooter, you have to rattle off 4-5 in a row every once in awhile. Wright never does that. A good game for him is hitting 3 of 8 from behind the line.

    I don’t think it is a coincidence that the hot start by SSU happened with Gibson and Wright starting the game. We have got to stop the madness. They are mediocre players at best and we can’t have a player like Sims sitting on the bench at tip off.

  • Ky Fox

    Yep i agree with you UMDC. There were 2 or 3 times when we were in the 1 3 1 and gibby had a shot to steal the ball and was just too slow and unathletic to get there. If we have more athletic ability in those areas we will be better. Jmo would get be there for the steal…but its what we have right now.

  • Merlin

    MY comments on the game:

    Crowd was light but very into the game.

    We are in trouble if we can’t make a three.

    To be successful we need a third scorer. Wright plays hard but is killing us right now. Point guard play is adequate but not scoring. Shepherd is playing much better but Shepherd is shepherd. We have two NBA players in Sims and Harris but if we cannot get one or two other players to step up we won’t make the NCAA.
    Novak and Douglas maybe they can help but they are freshman. I am not sold on NOvak-I think Douglas will be better. LLP unproven but he is the key if we are to make the tournament.

  • qb waggle

    Late post so maybe no one will see this, but my final point on matt shepherd is this: i like him, i like his radio show, and i like him as an announcer. i don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing to criticize refs, i just think he went a little overboard, that’s all. he’s calling the game FOR michigan, and so when he’s going off on refs it reflects on michigan as well. so i guess what i’m trying to say is i thought he should have made his point about the refs and moved on, but instead (again, in my opinion only) he bitched about it a little too much. that’s all, not really a big deal to me just a minor gripe.