Game 0: Wayne State at Michigan Post Game

Dylan Burkhardt

wayne statePhoto courtesy of Detroit News

Michigan 73, Wayne State 54. Box score. Highlights. Beilein audio. Novak audio. Harris audio.

It wasn’t always pretty but Michigan cruised to an easy 19 point win over Wayne State in their first and only exhibition game of the year.

Michigan rolled out a starting lineup of Darius Morris, Laval Lucas-Perry, Manny Harris, Zack Novak, and DeShawn Sims. I was a bit surprised to see Laval Lucas-Perry in there but Morris, Lucas-Perry, and Douglass all played around 20 minutes.

Michigan played around with lineups, rotated players around, and gave just about everyone a chance to play. The play was sloppy at times, although Michigan did a great job holding onto the ball, but Michigan was clearly the better team.

Because it’s an exhibition game we are without any wonderful graphs from StatSheet, but here are the four factors statistics from the game.

Posessions 62
Offense Defense
Efficiency 116.99 86.54
eFG% 53.5% 40.8%
TO% 11.2% 24.0%
Off Reb% 37.5% 42.1%
FTA/FGA 35.1% 13.3%

Michigan held onto the ball, shot it well, and got to the line. Wayne State pulled down plenty of offensive rebounds but that’s about it.

On offense, Michigan let the three pointers fly. 29 of Michigan’s 57 field goal attempts were from long range, but they knocked down 11. Michigan got to the line a bit but the free throw shooting certainly left something to be desired, hopefully that’s an exhibition game aberration.

Michigan played strictly man to man in the first half but in the second half they sprinkled in some 1-3-1. Morris looked good at the top of the 1-3-1 and provides a nice option up there with his length. The defensive effort was strong overall but it’s hard to judge against Wayne State.

Manny Harris reminded everyone just how good he is when he lets the game come to him. Harris scored 25 points on 14 shots and added 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in 29 minutes. The competition was obviously subpar but it was still a very impressive performance.

Overall it was great to see the team get back on the court and start to shake some rust off. The Maize Rage was full, spreading through the extended sections and into the maize seats. Just one week until the season tips off for real.

Player Bullets

  • Manny Harris: Harris showed no signs of being bothered by the hamstring injury that has held him out of practice at times. He dominated play and was extremely efficient.
  • Darius Morris: Morris has great size for the point guard position and did a good job of letting the game come to him. Morris can handle the ball and distribute it but he needs to keep working on this shot because people will begin playing off of him.
  • Zack Novak: Novak didn’t show many signs of diversifying his game but he had the three point shot going, hitting on 5 of 8 attempts for 15 points. Novak also is the first one on the ground for just about any loose ball. He played all of his minutes at the four.
  • Stu Douglass: Stu hit two out of three three point attempts and pulled down 2 boards in 19 minutes. I was a bit surprised that Stu didn’t get the start but he looked solid without standing out.
  • Laval Lucas-Perry: Laval didn’t have his shot going but he looked comfortable running the offense when Darius was not in the game. He is definitely quicker than last year and he looked solid in transition as well.
  • DeShawn Sims: Sims coasted a little bit and scored 9 points on 9 shots while pulling down 5 rebounds. He hit a three but he also got the ball in the post several times. Sims had his quick post moves working but he missed a couple finishes.
  • Zack Gibson: Gibson picked up where he left off at the end of last year. He scored 6 points and was also active on defense. Consistency is the key for Gibson, if he can give Michigan the same kind of solid minutes every night he will be a valuable asset this season.
  • Ben Cronin: Cronin is certainly huge and he made a few plays in limited playing time, notching 4 points, 3rebounds, and two blocks in just 3 minutes. Cronin definitely appears to be the 10th guy in the rotation and this point, only playing in the last few minutes of each half.
  • Anthony Wright: Ant got most of his playing time backing up Manny Harris. At this point he seems like he will be Manny’s backup but Matt Vogrich got some time at the three as well.
  • Matt Vogrich: Vogrich has a long way to go on the defensive side of the ball. He has a tendency to play on his heels a little bit and it causes him to go flying after even a simple jab step. He wasn’t hitting on his shots but his stroke is definitely pure.

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  • MaizeNBlue2

    If anyone knows of a way to re-watch the game, I’d love to see it, considering I had to tape a high school football game tonight.

    By the way, I might not be as bad at the scouting thing as I initially thought. If I recall, my scouting of Matt Vogrich mentioned a tendency to play defense on his heels and that Beilein would have work to do with him. However, in fairness, I also said I didn’t think he’d contribute this year and would probably redshirt, which it doesn’t seem like he’ll do.

    Glad to see the guys start off with a win. Here’s to another trip to March Madness. Go Blue!

  • Rob

    I was at the game. I agree with a lot of what you said Dylan, but I think a lot of the problems we saw can be attributed to rust and the mindset that comes with over-matching an opponent as badly as we did tonight.

    Matt Vogrich doesn’t look like a basketball player. This observation has nothing to do with what he did out on the court tonight. Just, if I saw him on campus I wouldn’t think “basketball player.” Great looking jump shot though.

    Who had that nice block in the last minute or two? He looked like a man among boys while the walk-ons were on the floor.

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  • That was Corey Person who got the block at the end of the game.

    The sloppiness can no doubt be attributed to first game, overmatched competition, etc. That’s why they play these games.

  • bentley

    Curious was the maize rage consisting of the entire sections behind the bench?

  • Tom, Also

    Re: Maize Rage

    The bleachers (behind the benches) were completely full. Section 19 is the band second and to the left of it (towards the bleachers) is the new section that will seat students. That was pretty much full. There were also many students in the upper level student sections, right above the band section and the one next to it.

    In total I estimate that approximately 1,000 students were there. Given that, I’d say there was another 2,500 people there. 3,500 is pretty great for an exhibition, though nowhere near the 9,000 claimed attendance.

  • James

    Harris did a much better job not forcing things. Hopefully that continues when Michigan plays better competition. Sims was a disappointment. It looked like he didn’t feel like playing tonight. He needs to pick it up if he wants to get drafted.

  • Giddings

    The only indication I noticed that Manny was not 100% was his lack of elevation for rebounds. 5 boards is not bad but he didn’t have any of his signature rebounds where he just leaps above everyone on the floor.

    Also I would put the attendance more in the 7,000 range… there was definitely a decent crowd and the atmosphere was unbelievable for an exhibition.

  • hambone

    i watched online and thought darius looked good controlling the point… also, would have liked to see vogrich get some more minutes; this was the perfect situation to put him into the system and run it, but definitely the few missed shots may have been the reason he didn’t get as many minutes.

  • JBlair52

    McLimans and Morgan didnt see any action?

  • BL11

    Dylan, or anyone in the know, did Sheehey make it up to michigan yet for a visit? Can’t remember when that was maybe going to happen…saw this article on him from rivals..

    says he is a SOLID 3 star with upside of a 4 star. If we can convince him to wait for TZ to decide is our only chance.

  • UMQuasi

    JBlair, Mclimans got in for the last 4 minutes, missed a three. I believe Morgan is still rehabbing the injury

  • JB

    how was morris’s dribble penetration?

  • The real question is, for whom was Carlton Brundidge rooting?

  • McLimans got in the game at the very end with the other backups.

    Morgan didn’t dress after a set back with his knee.

    Morris showed some dribble penetration but didn’t really try to penetrate much honestly.

    Sheehey hasn’t visited Ann Arbor yet, I believe he was visiting Bloomington this weekend or the next.

    And Michigan football makes me want to cry.

  • Dave

    i cant remember the last time the defense was as bad as it has been this year…….maybe hasnt been this bad in my life time 24 yrs

  • Tyler

    Yea I got disgusted just happy basketball started up…something to look forward to

  • Kainkitizen

    It’s all about basketball now after today’s football game. Basketball has been #1 sport for myself and football a close 2nd. Now I don’t even want to watch football. Basketball is here and It’s all about basketball for the next 5 months.

  • Thank God we have basketball to fall back on. Have you ever seen a worst football defense? What’s worst is that UM has nobody in the pipeline who can beat out our current safeties. That’s pathetic.

  • maxwell’s demon

    Maybe Sims could do the Greg Paulus thing and play LB next year?

  • GregGoBlue

    We have a football team?

  • Paul F.

    Thank God for the Cheerleaders. :) At least they can catch a pass…

  • GregGoBlue

    To answer MaizeNBlue2’s question at the very top, you can purchase the game for $2.99 on and rewatch it anytime as an archived game. I just watched it a third time, and here are my observations on the two freshmen who got a lot of minutes:

    Darius Morris: Certainly as good as the hype merits. Though on offense he looked a bit tentative with his shot, I’d attribute that to being a n00b to Beilein’s offense. His dribble penetration looks good, and he looked comfortable running this offense from the point. I was most impressed, however, with DMo’s defense. Absolutely stifling and high energy from start to finish, though you can tell he’s still getting a feel for the 1-3-1.

    Vogrich: has got a ways to go. His shot wasn’t falling, and his defense was really not that impressive. He really struggled on both sides of the ball. I’ve heard this kid has a pure stroke, and I’d love to see it sometime.