Auburn Hills, MI – The 20th-ranked Michigan Wolverines will try to climb in the rankings as they take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in a battle between two of the state's top teams at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Michigan has won six of the previous seven meetings between these two teams.
Michigan is off to a 6-2 start this year with its only losses coming against ACC foes Duke and Virginia. The Wolverines have taken down good competition such as Memphis, UCLA, and most recently Iowa State. John Beilein's team is very tough to slow down and also can limit opposing offenses. The Wolverines shot 48.2 percent from the floor en route to its victory over Iowa State. Michigan is scoring 67.9 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. On the defensive end, Michigan is holding its opponents to 59.6 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting from the floor.
Michigan's two-guard set offense revolves around Tim Hardaway Jr. The son of the former NBA star, Hardaway is scoring 15.9 points per game and dishing out 2.9 assists per game. Trey Burke does a good job controlling the offense from the other guard spot as he is averaging a team-best four assists per game. Burke is second among freshman in the Big Ten with 11.3 points per game. Jordan Morgan has been providing inside scoring as of late. The sophomore forward scored 16 points in 23 minutes in his last outing.
Oakland is 6-3 after having its six-game winning streak snapped by Ohio its last time out. The Golden Grizzlies racked up wins over Grambling State, Houston, Utah Valley, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Missouri-Kansas City. Oakland lost to Alabama and Arkansas in its first two games of the season. Oakland shot very well in its loss to Ohio, but had 21 turnovers in the losing effort. The Golden Grizzlies have the ability to play with anyone, but mental errors can limit them. Oakland is scoring 80.3 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting from the field and 29.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Golden Grizzlies are not a great defensive team as they are allowing 76.4 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting from the field.
Oakland is an offensive juggernaut, as five players are scoring in double figures. Reggie Hamilton is leading the charge with 20.1 points and 4.6 assists per game. Travis Bader is the team's second scoring option. The sophomore guard scored 21 points in his last appearance on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. Corey Petros is a double-double man for the Golden Grizzlies with averages of 12.0 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.