On Saturday, Michigan had its first home game in over two weeks and a chance to secure a win over an overmatched Houston Baptist team. Though the game didn't necessarily look all that appealing on paper, considering that Michigan was upset by a few weak teams at home last year, there were plenty of storylines. All told, Michigan moved on convincingly with a 82-57 win.
With that, let's see what we learned from the game.
What We Learned
1. Michigan Can Rely on Caris LeVert and Duncan Robinson.
It isn't much of a stretch to say that Caris LeVert is Michigan's best player this season, but Duncan Robinson is also another player that continues to emerge each game. Both players have put up big numbers all season and continued to do so during Michigan's win on Saturday afternoon.
All told, LeVert finished with an impressive 25 points and eight rebounds and Robinson finished with 19 points and went 5-for-9 from three point range. In total, these two players combined for 44 points on 25 attempts. Granted, the opponent wasn't outstanding, but that's incredibly efficient. If these two players can continue to perform at this level, the Wolverines should be able to hang with a lot of teams.
2. Moritz Wagner Still Has Room To Grow.
One of the biggest bright spots this season for the Wolverines has been freshman forward Moritz Wagner. He hasn't dominated for the team, but he's been pretty productive at a position of weakness for Michigan. Whether it's getting a key rebounding, cutting without the ball, or making a play around the rim, Wagner has shown up.
Well, Wagner had a bit of a step back on Saturday. He never could get into a groove and ended up finishing with just one point and one rebound. Additionally, he missed a few rotations on defense and had two fouls. Of course, it wasn't too noteworthy considering that Michigan still won handily, but there are still spots for Wagner to grow.
3. Ricky Doyle Shows Up.
Though Wagner had a bit of an underwhelming performance, another player in Michigan's frontcourt had a productive night. Despite playing just 21 total minutes in the previous two games heading into Saturday, Ricky Doyle got quite a bit of playing time on Saturday and was able to put that time to good use.
Though Doyle ended up with just two points and seven rebounds in the game, he looked far more productive that he has for much of the season. He was grabbing boards, securing them, and was actually setting some pretty good screens. There's no doubt that he made plenty of mistakes as well, but it was a good sign for the big man.
Admittedly, there isn't a ton to take away from a 82-57 home win over a team ranked No. 322 on KenPom, but there are a few things that Michigan can look to build on going forward. The Wolverines will go on the road next Tuesday to face a very talented SMU team.