2008-2009 Season

Game 2: Northeastern at Michigan Pre Game

WHAT: Michigan vs. Northeastern
WHEN: November 12th, 8 PM EST
WHERE: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor
Tickets: Of course they are available! Students also get in free with M-Card.


Northeastern got by IUPUI yesterday 73-60 and will face Michigan with a trip to New York City on the line. Northeastern is led by Matt Janning, a lanky guard who can shoot the ball. Janning averaged 16.1 ppg and shot 38% from long range last year. He struggled shooting the ball Tuesday against IUPUI going 4-13 but he still managed 13 points.

The Northeastern backcourt is rounded out by Chase Allen. Allen appears to be a very good passer (6 assists last night) and also a playmaker on defense (2 steals and a block). Here are a few highlights of Janning and Allen in action from last year:

In the front court Northeastern has Eugene Spakes (6’8″), Manny Adako (6’8″), and Nkem Ojougboh (6’9″). This will certainly be a test for Michigan down low with all the size across the board although Adako posted a “Gibson-esque” 1 rebound in 29 minutes. Ojougboh was 5-5 for 12 points in only 24 minutes against IUPUI. Here is more video:

Overall Northeastern is no push over and this is going to be a tough game for Michigan. They have a balanced attack (4 players in double figures against IUPUI) but didn’t shoot it particularly well in their opener last night. Michigan will need a big night out of Manny and hopefully one of the freshman or Anthony Wright to get hot shooting the ball. It should be a fun one and a chance to maybe take a little more from the results than these games against Division 2 teams. Winning this game also gives Michigan a chance to head to New York City and maybe have a chance to surprise someone.

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