Manny Harris: Extraordinary game from Manny. He started out slow and was hoisting too many three point shots but once he started getting to the basket he took over the game. Manny hit huge shots in overtime as well as late in the second half and credit for this win lies firmly on his shoulders.
CJ Lee: There is no denying that CJ struggled a bit, he turned it over a couple times and almost let the game slip away down the stretch in the second half. In the end, despite missing 2 out of 4 free throws early in the game, CJ hit the two biggest free throws of the game that just about iced the game for Michigan.
DeShawn Sims: Peedi played hard for the most part but was limited by foul trouble and not getting the ball enough. He could do a better job of establishing position but his teammates could do a better job getting him the ball when he does get position. Peedi finished with 8 points on 4 of 6 shooting, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers before fouling out on what could be called nothing other than a phantom foul. I also have to give Peedi credit for finishing the big dunk in overtime despite Kevin Coble sticking his arm through the basket (see above).
Laval Lucas-Perry: Great to see Laval get some of his offensive game back. 10 points including a three point make and five free throws, he definitely had a couple of very careless turnovers. His drive and finish on the fast break was really something but I think Laval needs to stick to 10-15 minutes per game for the next couple to work him back slowly.
Stu Douglass: Not his best offensive performance but he did a great job on Craig Moore. Moore is a 42% shooter from behind the arc and Stu stuck to him like glue. 4 shots, 4 misses, 4 assists, and 4 turnovers isn’t great but I’ll take it with the defense.
Zack Novak: This is probably what we would expect from a consistent Zack Novak night in and night out: 7 points (2-5 3pt), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 turnovers. Zack plays hard and he gave up a lot of size but hustled on the glass and for loose balls while also knocking down two triples.
Zack Gibson: Gibson played a very solid 19 minutes. 6 points, 4 rebounds, and a monster block for Zack is about all you can ask for. Gibson has really struggled at the stripe but other than that I have been pretty pleased with what he has given in quick bursts.
Anthony Wright: Ant was forced into action when Novak and Harris got in foul trouble and he hit a big three in the first half to go along with two turnovers, an assist, and a steal. Asking Anthony Wright to guard Kevin Coble really isn’t fair to him though. It appears that Beilein would rather go with Ant than Shepherd. Anthony is 4-7 from long range in the last four games and 3 of 4 in the last three.
Dave Merritt: Hit a big first half tree but otherwise didn’t do much. Dave is never going to be a big scoring threat but as long as he can hit the occasional three point shot he will still get his 10-15 minutes per game I think. According to the box score he didn’t turn the ball over but he also got backdoored pretty good once. I’m sure the argument will be that Grady deserves those 10-15 minutes but it appears that Beilein is siding with the 5th (6th?) year senior in this one.