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Michigan defends home court against Northwestern

Michigan, Matthews, Teske, and Wagner

Michigan (18-6) hosted the Northwestern Wildcats (13-10) at Crisler Arena, where they defended their home court with a 58-47 win. 

After another hard fought loss to the Purdue Boilermakers, Michigan looked to rebound against a mediocre Northwestern team.

Putting their season back on track, the good guys picked up the win behind big games from the likes of Charles Matthews and Moritz Wagner.

Northwestern Zone

The Wolverines really struggled to get in rhythm against the Northwestern zone early. They weren’t necessarily talking bad shots, but nothing seemed to be falling.

Ending on a 10-0 run to end the half, the Wolverines definitely found their groove heading into the locker room.

After half, Michigan looked more determined to get in the middle of that zone and kick it out to open shooters for jump shots, which started to fall:

Michigan heats up

The Wildcats started the game on a 15-4 run, and Michigan looked all out of sorts.

Then the Wolverines found some easy buckets, which seemed to flip a switch. This is where they went on that 10-0 run to end the half.

Michigan continued this trend in the second half by shooting 48 percent after shooting 36 percent in the first half.

Player of the Game – Charles Matthews

The first year Wolverine put together an impressive stat line of 14 points (6-11), 7 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Matthews also had 2 of the 7 threes hit by the home team.

If Michigan is to make a deep run in the tournament, Matthews will have to turn in more performances like this one.

Quick thoughts

  • Zavier Simpson had a dime to Duncan Robinson in transition:

  • Michigan had only 5 turnovers compared to Northwestern’s 16
  • After finishing the 1st half with only 21 points, the Wolverines scored 37 in the 2nd half.
  • Jordan Poole picked up a charge late in the game. I love guys picking up charge calls:

 

Here is a link to the full box score.

 

The Wolverines next match up is a home game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-9) on Saturday the 3rd at 2:30 pm.

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