Defensive Score Sheet: Nebraska at Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan steamrolled Nebraska at home on Wednesday night thanks to a dominant performance on both ends of the floor. The Wolverines improved defensively after a disappointing defensive effort in the first matchup in Lincoln.

Nik Stauskas did a terrific job on Terran Petteway throughout the game. Stauskas’s size was effective against Petteway, who was just 2-of-10 from the floor for five points – his second worst offensive performance of the season. Stauskas forced 6.5 misses and 3.5 turnovers while only surrendering two made baskets. Michigan’s scheme completely negated Petteway, who had been on a scoring tear entering Wednesday’s game, and Stauskas keyed the entire approach.

  • Spike Albrecht forced 2.5 turnovers including taking a nice charge after being switched onto big man Leslee Smith. Albrecht has carved out a niche forcing turnovers, especially at home, and he’s doing a great job of converting them to points in the opposite direction.
  • I praised Caris LeVert’s defensive rebounding in the recap, but he’s improving rapidly across the board on the defensive end. LeVert is starting to turn his length and athleticism into production instead of sheer potential as he becomes more comfortable within the defensive scheme.
  • Derrick Walton was tasked with sticking with Ray Gallegos and he did his job. Gallegos only attempted three shots. That’s the same Gallegos that had attempted 26 threes total in his last two games against Michigan. Gallegos rarely has trouble finding room to pull, which speaks to just how persistent Walton was chasing him.
  • Jon Horford outplayed Jordan Morgan on the defensive end of the floor for the first time in a while. Horford forced four misses and drew a charge in just 16 minutes of floor time.
  • Zak Irvin graded out poorly in some earlier defensive score sheets, but he did well against Nebraska. Irvin only surrendered one basket and did a good job of keeping Nebraska players in front of him defensively without giving up open jumpers.
  • Glenn Robinson III got beaten one-on-one by Shavon Shields once or twice, but he also forced a team-high nine missed shots.
  • The numbers say that Jordan Morgan had a bit of an off game, but he was very active in slowing Nebraska’s ball screen game. Walter Pitchford hit some difficult shots that you just have to accept.


Find the full calculations regarding the defensive score sheet here. The primary stats that may be unfamiliar are:

  • FM – Forced field goal miss (includes blocks)
  • FTO – Forced Turnover (steals, charges taken)
  • FFTA – Forced missed Free Throw Attempt
  • DFGM – Allowed Defensive Field Goal Made
  • DFTM – Allowed Free Throw Made

Defensive Rating (DRtg) is calculated based on the stops and scoring possessions assigned to the player, it’s an estimated measure of points per 100 possessions.

  • Mattski

    These great defense analyses are really helping my understanding of the game.

  • eddieben

    So hard to wrap my head around these defensive spotlights–from game to game it seems players go up and down drastically. I’m beginning to think that the opponents are much more of a factor in this than when analyzing a player’s offensive production on a nightly basis.

    • There are definitely a lot of factors. I think they are kind of like a box score, where they don’t tell the whole story, but provide something to combine with context.

      For the most part, I feel like they’ve backed up the insights I have during the game so they feel somewhat useful.