Tip off is at 4 p.m as Michigan looks to continue its newfound success. A victory would be Michigan’s fifth in six games while a loss would effectively eliminate Michigan’s slim NCAA tournament odds. Christian Watford’s status is still shrouded in mystery as neither Jordan Hulls or assistant coach Steve McClain would address Watford’s status in media availability yesterday.
Make sure to read the game preview here and also submit your pick to click. For all the recruitniks out there, we also posted scouting and video from Larry Nance Jr.’s game last night. Michigan’s other 2011 target, big man Max Bielfeldt had 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks in front of John Beilein and Bruce Weber last night.
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I made the trip down to Richfield, OH to watch Larry Nance Jr. in action. The senior forward prospect recently popped up on Michigan’s recruiting radar as a potential candidate to be offered Michigan’s final 2011 scholarship. Joe posted a lengthy interview with Nance and you can also find some video from earlier this year on his profile page. Nance had 16 points in tonight’s game versus Highland and here’s the video:
Scouting report after the jump.
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Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Matt Vogrich, and Evan Smotrycz
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|Who: Indiana (12-13) at Michigan (15-10)|
|Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI|
|When: Saturday, February 12th, 4:00 PM|
|Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA AM 1050 / Sirius Ch. 121 / XM Ch. 141|
|Last Game: Indiana 80, Michigan 61|
|Opposition Blog: Inside the Hall|
The bottom seven teams in the Big Ten all have Pomeroy rankings that fall somewhere between 40 and 75. Because of the relative strength of the conference’s bottom half, it should come as no surprise that Indiana, tied for last in the standings, isn’t that bad of a team. Indiana managed to knock off Illinois and Minnesota at home and lost at Michigan State by just one point in overtime. Don’t let their record fool you, Indiana’s efficiency margin is almost identical to Michigan’s and the Hoosiers handled Michigan with ease in Bloomington.
Now, Michigan looks to validate its resurgence and recent improvement by avenging its worst performance of the season. The biggest storyline heading into this game is Christian Watford’s broken left hand. The 6-foot-8 sophomore was playing the best basketball of his career before he broke his hand in East Lansing. He is questionable to play on Saturday (listed as “out indefinitely” in the official game notes) and had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the game at Indiana. Watford is a near perfect combination of length and athleticism with inside-out shooting ability. He’s obviously a very tough guard for Michigan because the Wolverines’ options at the four are either too short (Novak) or too slow (Smotrycz).