The 3-1 Wolverines play the 3-2 Crimson Tide for 3rd place in the Old Spice Classic. Should be another good test for us.
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The funny thing is we've been tested more in this tournament than we were last year in Maui. Go figure. Anyways, unlike our 1st two games, we won't be seriously outsized today... they only play one big man (Zack Gibson) regularly.
I haven't gotten a chance to watch the tournament with me being in Auburn for the Alabama-Auburn game (note I did not call it the Iron Bowl) so I haven't seen Michigan play this year. They should make the NCAAs, but they're still a middle of the road Big 10.
Manny Harris is a preseason Big 10 1st teamer averaging 21 points 9.5 boards and 7.5 assists per game. It is obvious we have to somewhat contain him. Deshawn Sims is 2nd on the team in points (17) and boards (8.3). Starter for starter we match up well with them as so far they're playing a 4 guard lineup.
- 80.5 PPG
- 45% FG
- 32% 3PT FG
- Rebound margin of only +.8
- 2.5 Blocks per game
Prediction: I'm going to be a homer again... I believe we out uptempo Michigan and squeak out a victory. Bama by 3.
Gametime is 5PM EST (4PM CST) and it's on ESPNU (channel 614 on DTV). I should be able to actually watch this... maybe missing part of the 1st half as I'll be seeing your Atlanta Falcons drill my former favorite team in the Tampa Bay Yuccaneers.