According to Ken Pomeroy’s FanMatch, Michigan’s noon tilt with Presbyterian was projected to be the least entertaining Division I game of the 107 scheduled for Saturday. There’s no better endorsement of Pomeroy’s metrics.
The Wolverines dominated the game, winning 86-44, but never looked particularly sharp or impressive doing it. Their defense suffocated the Blue Hose, forcing more shot clock violations (2) than made 3-pointers (0) in the first half, and the offense was effective and direct. The talent gap spoke for itself.
Michigan played every healthy scholarship player on the roster and 11 different players scored. Juwan Howard used a handful of lineups that he hasn’t used all year given the absence of Brandon Johns Jr. (illness) and Isaiah Livers, who left the game with a muscle pull after just 3 minutes, but the game was never competitive.
Saturday’s best-case scenario was an injury-free afternoon. Michigan didn’t get that, as it awaits news on Livers’ muscle strain, but the performance was comprehensive.