Who: Michigan (3-3) vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff (0-5)
Michigan looks to get back to winning as they welcome the Golden Lions to the friendly confines of Crisler Arena. Luckily, Pine Bluff should provide much less of a challenge than any of Michigan’s previous four opponents.
Pine Bluff has struggled this year, losing all five of their games to largely subpar competition. However, the Lions are certainly used the traveling, they play their first 14 games on the road.
Judging by Pine Bluff’s statistical profile, it appears that this might be just the game that Michigan needs to snap out of their offensive funk. Opponents shoot the lights out versus APB, 42.4% from behind the arc and 55.9% on 2 point field goals. The Lions also allow opponents to live at the free throw line with a free throw rate of 61.3% and don’t manage to cause many turnovers. However, Pine Bluff is the best defensive rebounding team in the country and rebounds 80% of their opponents’ missed shots.
Pine Bluff isn’t as bad on the offensive side of the ball, but they aren’t good at much either. The one bright spot is their offensive rebounding, they pull down 36% of their own misses. Their shooting is subpar (eFG% of 45.5%) and they turn the ball over on a quarter of their possessions. They take most of their shots inside teh arc, but only shoot 45% on 2pt field goals while only assisting 45% of made baskets.
Now some quick personnel bullets:
- Savalance Townsend is the leading scorer for the Lions, averaging 12.6 points per game while shooting 44% from long range.
- 6 foot 8 245 pound center, LeBaron Weathers averages 9.8 points and 7 rebounds per game.
- The rest of the starting lineup includes 6-foot-7 Tyrees Glass (9.8ppg), 6-foot-5 Tavaris Washington (6.6ppg), and 6-foot-2 Terrance Calvin (10ppg).
It looks like a relatively easy test for Michigan, who could certainly use an easy game. It would be great to see Michigan shoot the ball well and get back on track before a big road game at Utah next Wednesday.