By The Numbers: Michigan 99, Perugia Select 60

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan beat the Perugia Select All-Stars in a blowout win on Sunday in Rome. A full box score was not available, but Michigan’s media relations team put together a box score with stats for Michigan players.

Since the game wasn’t streamed and we don’t have a lot more to work with, here are some statistical observations and notes from the box score including our traditional Four Factors graph.

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Box Score: Click to view the full Michigan box score

The game was made up of four 10 minute quarters and played by FIBA rules with a 24 second shot clock. The result was a 76 possession game that saw Michigan score 99 points – 1.30 points per possession — and Perugia manage just 60 points (.79 points per trip).

Michigan shot the ball extremely well – 68% on twos and 52.4% on threes for a 72 eFG% – with 36% of its field goal attempts coming from beyond the arc. Michigan’s shooting was especially impressive as the FIBA three-point line is 22.1 feet, over a foot longer than the NCAA’s 20 feet, nine inch line.

John Beilein was surprised at how effective Michigan’s offense was early on in the first quarter (39 points in 10 minutes) and Michigan’s offensive statistics for the game were very impressive, but they are also likely a sign that the competition level wasn’t quite good enough to give the Wolverines a real challenge. Michigan subbed walk-ons into the game as early as the second quarter and had plenty of time to tinker with lineups.

Six Wolverines reached double figures including three freshmen — Ricky Doyle, Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Kameron Chatman — and the Wolverines were led by Zak Irvin’s 27 points on 13 shots.

RELATED: Quotes, photos and clips from Michigan’s win over Perugia

The Wolverines managed to rebound nine of 22 missed shots (41% offensive rebounding rate) and were led by Mark Donnal, who grabbed three offensive boards. Michigan gave the ball away on 27% of its offensive possessions and five different Wolverines had at least two turnovers. Caris LeVert, Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Kameron Chatman had three giveaways a piece.

It’s impossible to thoroughly judge defense without an opponent box score, but Michigan recorded 14 steals in 76 possessions which means that the Wolverines stole the ball on 18% of Perugia’s possessions.

Player Box Score Observations:

  • Zak Irvin: Irvin was clearly the player of the game, going 10-of-13 from the field while knocking down five triples on five attempts. His effective field goal percentage for the game was 96% and he grabbed 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals for good measure. Much of the summer has been spent discussing Irvin’s weight gain (15 pounds), improved athleticism (+5 inches on his vertical leap) and the proverbial ‘Beilein sophomore jump’ and he backed up the talk with a monster game. Irvin’s rebounding might be most encouraging. He had just a 7.7 defensive rebounding rate last season and he had only 49 rebounds total last season in.
  • Caris LeVert: LeVert’s stat line — 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals – is what you expect from the best player on his team in a game where he doesn’t need to prove it. LeVert didn’t shoot the ball particularly well from the perimeter (1-of-4 3pt), but did a bit of everything for Michigan.
  • Derrick Walton: Walton had a 90% eFG%, but only attempted five field goals. He handed out three assists and appeared to play more of a facilitator role in the easy win. Walton’s five rebounds were also impressive and serve as a reminder that Michigan is going to need its guards to rebound with such a young front court. Walton was a very good rebounder last season and could excel in that area despite his small size.
  • Kameron Chatman: The only true freshman to start, Chatman was Michigan’s No. 3 option by field goal attempts with nine, and he also had three assists. Chatman also knocked down two triples on four attempts, continuing to prove that he has a consistent perimeter stroke.
  • Mark Donnal: Donnal grabbed five rebounds (two offensive) and scored six points. Michigan opened the game with a pick-and-roll to Donnal that led to free throws and also had an assist to Kam Chatman. Donnal seems to have made the bigger presence on the glass among Michigan’s young bigs, but doesn’t look to have been as involved in the offense overall.
  • Ricky Doyle: Doyle was effective offensively, scoring 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, but didn’t grab a rebound. Michigan’s rebounding game plan in the past has been to have its big men box out and its wings crash the glass – which appears to be the case again – but it would be encouraging to see Doyle grab a few more rebounds as the preseason tour goes on. Doyle earned the start in the second half which is a good sign that John Beilein must have liked what he saw from his freshman big man.
  • Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman: Rahkman was a big reason that Michigan was able to manage a free throw rate of 34% as he was the only Wolverine to attempt more than two free throws. His added element of the dribble-drive game is important to Michigan’s offense, but he also grabbed seven rebounds and three assists. It’s worth noting that, for at least a moment to open the 2nd quarter, Abdur-Rahkman had the chance to play some point guard with LeVert next to him in the backcourt.
  • Aubrey Dawkins: Dawkins scored seven points on 2-of-4 shooting off the bench, knocking down one three on three attempts. Dawkins has been praised for his athleticism, but only attempted one field goal inside the arc in his exhibition debut.
  • Spike Albrecht: Albrecht had a quiet stat line with 3 points on 1-of-3 shooting (all inside the arc) and two assists to one turnover.
  • Austin HatchHatch had the opportunity to check into the game with about three minutes left, but didn’t record a field goal attempt. He made it clear that he wasn’t going to shoot when he should pass just because it would make for a good story. “I am not going to take a shot if it is not the right point in the game,” Hatch said. “For example if I have an open three and I have a teammate who is open under the basket, you better believe I am going to be passing it to him. Yeah, it would be cool if I made a three. It would be a good story, but I am about my team and my teammates.”
  • Champswest

    It is good that they started with a win, even if the competition wasn’t that good. I like that they were able to get everyone some minutes. This is probably the ideal first game for this young team.

  • Frank Chuck

    Dylan, can you give us the PPP numbers for (1) the 1st half and (2) the first 3 quarters?

    It’s clear that the team took it easy in the 4th frame of this game so that skewed the numbers.

    • The PPP numbers were pretty outlandish to begin with. Don’t have a half time box score or anything though so I can’t do it accurately.

      Michigan scored 39, 25, 25 and 10 points by quarter. Perugia scored 19 in the fourth to make a bit of a comeback.

      If you say a 76 possession game is equivalent to 19 possessions per quarter that means Michigan scored something silly like 2.05 PPP, but from what I understand the first quarter had a ton of fast breaks and steals, so presumably more possessions. Something more reasonable might be a 25 possession 1st quarter, or about 1.56 PPP. But those are all just guesses.

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