Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/29/12
Michigan basketball is ranked #3 in the nation with a 6-0 record and will play their first true road game of the year on Saturday at Bradley. The game will tip at 4 eastern and be televised on ESPNU. The Bradley Braves are 5-1 in the early going after a horrific 7-25 record a season ago. The teams that Bradley has knocked off in the early going are a who’s-who of who cares: Eastern Illinois, Texas Pan-Am, IUPUI, Tennessee-Martin, and Central Michigan. Their lone loss came against South Florida when they were thumped by 19. Trey Burke leads the show The Wolverines are fresh off a win against NC State and have also upended solid Pitt and Kansas State teams. Why Michigan will win Well, quite simply, because they are vastly superior to Bradley. The Braves use a 7-man rotation and have 5 players averaging in double figures. Michigan has gone 10 and 11 deep into their roster in the early part of the season and will wear Bradley out on Saturday. The NC State game saw John Beilein toy with a dual point guard lineup that had both Trey Burke and Spike Albrecht on the court together as well as multiple dual post looks. Michigan averages 9.3 turnovers per game, 6th fewest in the nation. They commit 12 fouls per game, 2nd best. And the Burke-led Wolverines rank 4th nationally in team field goal percentage at 52.9%, paving the way to an 80.8 points per game average thus far. Michigan isn’t shooting themselves in the foot, are playing unselfishly, and converting buckets at a prolific rate. That’s a nice little recipe for good basketball. What Michigan needs to work on This is in no way meant to pick on a real up and comer in Glenn Robinson III, but he showed several freshman moments on Tuesday night that the Michigan coaches will want to get cleaned up. He committed a charge when he drove wildly to the hoop. He weakly fouled a post scorer, allowing an and-1 situation after the layup. He failed to block out on multiple occasions on the defensive end and he committed a costly turnover with under a minute left in the game. Some might call this nitpicking, especially consider that GR3 is averaging 12.2 points and leads the team in rebounding at 7.5/game all the while shooting 55% from the floor. But Robinson is a special talent. If he can clean up his occasional mistakes, it gives Michigan an even deadlier 4-headed monster along with Burke, Tim Hardaway, Jr., and Nik Stauskas. The NC State game was also the first time all year that Michigan got housed on the boards. The Wolfpack’s lanky roster out-boarded Michigan 30-22. What was once a given weakness for the Wolverines has mostly been and should always be a team strength with their new look roster. Watch for Michigan to make big strides in this department in the coming weeks. What to watch for Hardaway (17.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Burke (16.7 ppg, 7.5 apg), and Stauskas (13 ppg, 58% from 3-pt. range) have been sensational and, along with Robinson, seem to be the perfect complement of star performers. No individual player gets in the way of another’s strengths, and that is hard to find. On Tuesday night, Burke became the first college player to post a game with at least 18 points, 11 assists, and 0 turnovers, against a ranked opponent since 2003. He is in tune with when to be the passer and when to take the ball and put it through the hole. Michigan hasn’t seen a point guard this spectacular in ages. Stauskas is garnering some much-deserved early season fanfare and hype. People are playing the comparison and nickname games with Nik. From my perspective, he reminds me of one of my all-time favorite college basketball players, former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Dennis Scott. Regardless, he is a lot of fun to watch and presents all kinds of problems for teams trying to figure out how to defend Michigan. On top of the obvious, Mitch McGary seems to be taking big strides each time out on the court. He played an inspired game on Tuesday and helped carry Michigan past a feisty NC State team down the stretch. Once Jordan Morgan really gets it rolling and starts rocking the rim there will be no stopping this team. Enjoy the ride. Prediction So far Rob and I are each 6-0 in predicting the outcomes of Michigan games. Since we both have them going 16-0 before their first loss of the season it really keeps things simple. Rob: 84-65 Joe: 96-68 If you would like to receive an email each time we post a new Michigan Basketball story, fill out our Email Notification Form
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh doesn’t care if he’s popular

Johnny Manziel struggles in first day of Browns camp

Report: Wilson, Seahawks agree to four-year, $86.7M contract

Report: Former Jets exec leaked false Deflategate info to ESPN

Belichick on sticking it to NFL: 'Really not very important to me'

Yankees, Astros reportedly both pursuing Craig Kimbrel

First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s injured hand emerge

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

LeSean McCoy cancels party, but it wasn't some 'weird orgy'

Redskins making huge mistake by signing Junior Galette

New Blue Jay David Price got a flat tire on his way to Toronto

Five of the worst baseball trades since 2000

Famed ballboy Red Lightning spotted at Falcons camp

Rickie Fowler aces final hole, treats media to free beers

SEC remains college football's best conference

The Rock 'pretty disappointed,' but defends Hulk Hogan

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker