2021-22 Season

Five Key Plays: Michigan 87, Wayne State 54

Michigan knocked off Wayne State on Friday night in its only tune-up game before Wednesday’s season opener against Buffalo. The Wolverines had a dicey stretch of play early in the first half but took control of the game by halftime for an easy win.

Although there weren’t many “key plays” in the exhibition, there’s still film to analyze. This edition of Five Key Plays is more like “Five Key Clips” as we look at DeVante’ Jones’ ball screen feel, Moussa Diabata’s impact, Brandon Johns’ mentality, Caleb Houstan’s role, and more.

1. DeVante’ Jones ball screen feel

The biggest question of the offseason was how will DeVante’ Jones adjust to playing point guard at Michigan. On Friday evening, he looked the part.

“He knows how to play basketball,” Howard said after the win. “He’s not going to go out of his way to go outside the team. He’s going to do everything to help the team, whether it is on the defensive end or offensive end.”

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