It’s hard to shake the impression that Michigan’s first three games were like glorious scrimmage or exhibitions.
Playing inside the empty Chrysler center sets the tone, but Juan Howard and his bench are in the early stages of figuring out the whole thing. On Wednesday night they came out sharp on the way to an 84-65 win over Paul State, avoiding the kind of recession that had affected them against Auckland, but Howard was still reeling.
After a boat set game to complete the half, the Michigan coach was led by Sandy Brown through the cents before Big Ten Network cameras went to Landy’s room. A pre-season is normal, odd in a regular season game.
Howard managing his cycles only added to the pre-season feel. The Michigan head coach tries to look at it from every angle, This is for COVID reasons Or general early season uncertainty. Michigan’s starting lineup hasn’t changed in three games, but Howard has leaned in more than two dozen different line combinations. The five players who lead the team in minutes – Mike Smith, Eli Brooks, Franz Wagner, Isaiah Livers and Hunter Dickinson – do not start as a team and they do not share the court together until the final seconds of overtime against Auckland. .
The second and third players to emerge from the bench against Paul State – Brandon Johns and Jeb Jackson – did not see the ground in the second half until junk time. It is clear that Howard did not find this team – what coach does he do in the country? – But Michigan is officially out of the middle major songs. Next to going to the Chrysler Center is to quickly find the chemistry with UCF and NC State.