Michigan and Nebraska met once before this regular season, and the Cornhuskers put a 20-point beating on the Wolverines. T
he last meeting taught the Wolverines a few things.
Charles Matthews needed help
In the last game between the two teams, Charles Matthews was the lone bright spot in a game filled with bad performances.
The junior playing in his first season with the Wolverines had a team-high 15 points (6-10), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.
Matthews was the?only player on the team to reach double-digit points and he also lead the game in offensive and total rebounds.
The good news is that individual players have progressed over the season along with the offense as a whole.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has been playing a lot better than he did in the loss to Nebraska. MAAR had 9 points and had an inefficient night, shooting only 3-for-11 (27-percent).
Moe Wagner finished the game with only 2 points on 1-of-5 shooting. To be fair, his one field goal he made was pretty awesome:
Michigan struggled to move the ball
Nebraska was playing solid defense all-around. The Wolverines were caught behind in the shot clock and was forced into some bad shots, but even when the they were getting good shots – they didn’t fall.
Michigan finished the game with 12 turnovers, which is not much more than usual, but it is in comparison to their 6 assists they had. Those 6 assists came from only three players: Charles Matthews, Zavier Simpson, and MAAR – the only real creators for Michigan in that game, and the stats show it.
Looking back at that game in context, it seems that Nebraska had everything going for them. The Wolverines had a two day-break after facing Maryland, and they had a one day break between?playing Michigan State and Maryland.
In the game,?Michigan couldn’t find any way to score, and they shot only 22-percent (4-18) from beyond the arc. The Cornhuskers were knocking down contested shots, and they showed to be the better team that night.
With a game against Iowa to knock all of the rust off, Michigan should be in a much better position to play the Cornhuskers than they were last time.
- Landon: Michigan 72-64
- Justice: Michigan 78-65
- LGHail: Michigan 70-58
- Ant Wright: Michigan 62-60
- Due: Michigan 71-61
- Tanner(Nebraska native): Michigan 72-52
- Barstool UofM: Michigan 76-65