Michigan breezed through its final pre-Big Ten tune-up of the 2015-16 season in style as it knocked off Bryant by a final score of 96-60. The Wolverines hit a school record 17 threes in the blowout win and led 57-35 at the half.
Player of the game: Caris LeVert
With three starters in double-figures at half time, you could really take your pick for player of the game. Caris LeVert gets the nod as he finished with 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the victory. LeVert was effective against the zone early on and took over in the second half in isolation situations after Bryant moved into a man-to-man look. LeVert hit threes, got to the rim and got his big men involved for good measure.
It was over when: Bryant rolled out a 2-3 zone
There are ways to beat Michigan, but a 2-3 zone won’t be at the top of any Big Ten coach’s list. Bryant played strictly 2-3 zone in the first half and the Wolverines torched the Bulldog defense. Michigan scored 1.78 points per possession in the first half with a ridiculous 84% effective field goal percentage with assists on 17 of 21 made field goals. Bryant went to a man-to-man defense in the second half, but the damage was done.
Stat of the game: Three-point shooting
Michigan broke a school record with 17 made three-pointers in the win. Eight different Wolverines hit at least one triple and Duncan Robinson led the way with four made triples. The Wolverines finished the game 17 of 35 from long distance in the blowout win.
Room for Improvement: Defense
There were still plenty defensive woes on Wednesday night as Bryant scored 1.09 points per possession in the first half and .94 points per possession for the game. There were still too many missed assignments, too many blown close-outs and too many easy shots for the Bulldogs, who finished the game with a 57% effective field goal percentage. Big Ten play is looming and the Wolverines will have to tighten up those defensive cracks to make their mark in conference play.