It’s hard to know what to take from any buy game performance, but for the second time this week Michigan dispatched a mid-major foe in a wildly impressive manner. The Wolverines ran Youngstown State out of the gym by a final score of 92-62, in a game that wasn’t even that close. The Wolverines emptied their bench well before the final media timeout, and the Penguins ended the game on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 30.
The Penguins are a team in transition, but they are a program that doesn’t get run out of the gym like this very often. This isn’t a team you expect to find in the 300s on KenPom, they are a Horizon League squad that should be relevant all year. This isn’t a case of Michigan being favored by 34and winning by 39. The Wolverines were favored by 17 points, won by 30, and could have won by 40.
Olivier Nkamhoua looked tremendous again, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in 25 minutes. Dug McDaniel dazzled with the ball while Will Tschetter didn’t miss off the bench, scoring 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting.
It was another great performance, and another game closer to the first high-major test with St. John’s looming on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
We still haven’t seen the Wolverines play a good team, but through 80 minutes there’s no arguing with the fact that they look like one.