Michigan’s trip to St. John’s was supposed to tell us if the Wolverines were as good as they looked in a pair of opening week routs. Instead, it left us with a different question. Is this new-look Michigan team even better than we thought?
The Wolverines ran St. John’s out of the World’s Most Famous Arena on a night that was supposed to celebrate the World’s Most Infamous Coach, and they did it with style.
The story wasn’t Rick Pitino; it was Dug McDaniel. He might be Michigan’s only ball handler, but St. John’s press was no match for his lightning-quick speed and handle. He carved up the Red Storm defense, finishing with 26 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. It was a point guard performance so dazzling that it could hold its own in Madison Square Garden, an arena defined by them.
McDaniel looked like one of the best point guards in the country, not just the Big Ten. And Michigan looked like a team that needs to be taken seriously on the national landscape.