By The Numbers: Michigan 116, Padova 52

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan finally broke the century mark in its 116-52 win over Petrarca Padova on Wednesday. U-M released a box score (compiled by hand) and since the game wasn’t streamed, here are some statistical observations and notes from the box score including our traditional Four Factors graph.


Box Score: Click to view the full Michigan box score

It’s not much of a surprise that Michigan dominated all four factors offensively as it scored 116 points in 89 possessions and more than doubled up Padova. Padova was able to hang around for part of the first quarter, but Michigan stifled them in the second half – holding them to just 16 points total.

Michigan’s offense did everything you would expect against below-average competition. The Wolverines shot 59% on twos and 39% on threes for a 59% effective field goal percentage. The turnover woes from the first game were mostly eradicated as Michigan gave the ball away on just 13% of its offensive trips and also grabbed 39% of its missed shots.  Michigan didn’t get to the free throw line often, but that was of little concern as it scored 1.30 points per trip.

John Beilein mentioned that regardless of the competition, it’s good to play against someone that doesn’t know the plays and see how things work on film.

“In games like this, we just want to get video on it so we can teach players why things work and why things don’t work. That’s what’s real for us,” Beilein said. “We practice against ourselves and while we get better doing that, when you practice against others and you don’t know their schemes and you have to guard their themes, that’s very helpful to our progress.”

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

Player Box Score Observations:

  • Zak Irvin: Through three games, Irvin is averaging 22 points per contest with an 85% eFG%. Those stats are ridiculous even against air and this trip has to bode well for Irvin’s future this season. After doing most of his work from three-point range in the first two games, Irvin was 7-of-10 inside the arc and 2-of-6 from outside.
  • Caris LeVert: LeVert appears to be slowly rounding into form with each game in Italy. He finally rediscovered his perimeter shot (3-of-4) and continues to do a bit of everything: rebound (8), distribute (4 assists) and score (17 points). One spectator in attendance reported that ‘ LeVert looked like LeVert’ and that’s good news for Michigan fans. 
  • Mark Donnal: Donnal had a bounce back game and it sounds like he was very effective running the floor. “Just getting past the defense in offensive transition,” he said. “Spike and Doc (Andrew Dakich) were able to find me.”  After going 0-of-3 from long range over the first two games, Donnal did all of his damage inside and converted 8-of-10 two-point attempts. He also grabbed an impressive seven offensive rebounds and four defensive boards for good measure.
  • Derrick Walton: Walton struggled from the floor (3-of-10) and was 0-of-5 from three-point range, but he grabbed five rebounds, handed out four assists and grabbed four steals. Walton has struggled with his three-point shot in Italy (1-of-8) and doesn’t seem to have found a rhythm overseas, perhaps due to the up and down nature of the exhibitions.
  • Aubrey Dawkins: It seems like every freshman has had their moment to shine at least once in Italy and today was Dawkins’ chance. He finished with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and knocked down both of his three-point attempts. It sounds like Dawkins did most of his damage either in transition or spotting up from the three-point line and those are likely the areas where Michigan will need him most this season.
  • Ricky Doyle: Doyle had another solid game with nine points and eight rebounds on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting. The 6-foot-9 big man has had a very solid tour thus far, averaging 12 points and seven rebounds per game while shooting 76% from the floor.
  • Kameron Chatman: Chatman was just 3-of-10 from the floor (1-3 3pt), but he handed out four assists and nabbed three steals. Chatman has the tools to influence the game even when his shot isn’t falling so it’s encouraging to see him filling up some other columns on the stat sheet.
  • Spike Albrecht:  For whatever reason, it hasn’t been a great week for Michigan’s point guards – at least according to the box score. Albrecht handed out three assists and grabbed four rebounds, but was just 1-of-4 from the floor.
  • Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman: Abdur-Rahkman wasn’t able to get to the free throw line as regularly as in previous games and finished with 6 points, three assists and two turnovers. He was just 2-of-7 from the floor, but did grab two steals. MAAR is just 2-of-8 from three point range and his jumper remains the biggest question-mark surrounding his game.

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  • JimmyZ5

    I think I’m pretty good at basketball. Not great. I’m not a great athlete or freestyler, but I know how to play the game. I’m much better with players I am familiar with (that I play with often) or in a structured setting. I think that’s part of why Spike is struggling. He obviously doesn’t pass the eye test, and I think he’s much better when he can anticipate his teammates and run an offense. I think his “struggles” will disappear once he gets more familiar with his 7 new teammates and they begin to understand the offense half as well as our veteran point guard does.

    • Good point… Perhaps an issue for both point guards. It’s a lot easier to just pick the ball up and try to score when you are unfamiliar with your teammates, but Walton and Spike are trying to run the offense.

      • Trask

        especially in a faster version of the offense because of the short shot clock, the ball probably doesn’t rotate back to the PGs as much as it gets to a wing, runs a pick and roll, and either shoots, passes down low, or passes to outlet for a shot.

        • Another good point. Funny because if I remember correctly Darius Morris fired up a ton of shots four years ago when Michigan went to Belgium. I suspect that’s because that unit really struggled to run offense at the time…

          • toblav

            Nice thread, enjoyed reading this clear thinking and valid reasoning.

  • John

    Or that opponents are not over compensating by trying to guard Nik or Glen and these pg’s are being guarded straight up. I am just being the devils advocate and tend to agree with the other viewpoints regarding the pg’s.

    • kam

      glenn?? no one over helped on glenn last year really. He was just solid

  • Michael

    great job on the updates in Italy, i appreciate it!

  • A2JD

    Would you say that the level of competition is either:
    1) A notch or two below what the team faced on their last European tour?
    2) Just as good but Michigan is just fielding more talented squads now?
    3) A little bit of both Part 1 & Part 2?

    • kam


    • Steve2081

      Way worse I think. I remember a couple of the teams we played last time being stacked with former D1 players and it seems like the other two had atleast a few.

    • Competition is definitely worse except maybe the final game. They played 1st and 2nd Division Belgian teams that year. This year they’ve played 4th and 5th Division Italian teams so far, 2 of which were just local all-star teams.

      They’ll play a 2nd Div Italian team on Friday.

  • John

    Why should I pay attention to these numbers? The first team they played didn’t have a guy over 6′ 5″ if I read correctly. Shouldn’t that skew the numbers of low post guys?
    I will not pay attention to any box scores when a team if up by 40 pts at halftime.
    In softball they stop the game after the opponent is up by 9 runs? Mercy rule. Stop the game when they get up by 40 pts and then calculate the box scores. That would be more reflective of these types of mismatches.