Saturday, December 17, 2016

TV: Big Ten Network: Maryland Eastern Shore at Michigan,3 p.m. ET

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With finals in full swing on campus, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (8-3) will play its second-to-last non-conference game of the season at Crisler Center this Saturday (Dec. 17) against Maryland Eastern Shore (1-9). In the second game of a doubleheader with the women's team, the Wolverines take on the Hawks at 3 p.m., with a TV broadcast on Big Ten Network.
• Maryland Eastern Shore is coming off a 76-58 loss to Central Florida on Dec. 10. Bakari Copeland led the Hawks with 16 points, while Dontae Caldwell added six rebounds.
• UMES is in the middle of a six-game road trip that includes trips to Virginia Tech, Central Florida, Michigan, American and two games at the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas.
• Michigan and Maryland Eastern Shore have a common opponent in Virginia Tech. U-M fell to the Hokies, 73-70, while UMES lost at Virginia Tech, 75-59.
• Maryland Eastern Shore's lone win came in an 87-74 victory over Central Penn. Ryan Andino had a team-best 20 points in the win.
• Andino (14.0 ppg), Copeland (13.7 ppg) and Logan McIntosh (10.0 ppg) are all averaging in double figures in scoring for the Hawks.
• Head coach Bobby Collins is in his third season at UMES. In his first season (2014-15), he led the Hawks to a postseason berth (CIT) for the first time since 1981.
• This will be the first meeting between Michigan and Maryland Eastern Shore. John Beilein faced UMES while at West Virginia, garnering a 95-49 win on Dec. 28, 2006.
• Derrick Walton Jr. became the 51st Wolverine to reach 1,000 points in a career with his final point in the UCLA game (Dec. 10). Walton, who has 1,009 career points, is one of three Wolverines with 1,000 points. Classmate Zak Irvin reached the mark last season and is 30th all-time with 1,271 points. Duncan Robinson has combined his Williams College (548) and Michigan (492) to total 1,040 career points.
• Walton Jr. has five-plus assists in five games, including a season-best eight vs. Kennesaw State. He leads U-M with 4.0 per game. For his career, he has 354, just 12 away from cracking U-M's all-time top 10.
• Over his last six games, Moritz Wagner has gone 35-for-48 from the field (72.9%), including a career-best 20 points against Kennesaw State (Dec. 3) and 18 points against Central Arkansas (Dec. 13).
• Overall, Wagner is shooting 66.7 percent (46-for-69), which is fourth in the Big Ten. Broken down, he is 33-for-45 on two-point field goals (73.3%) and 13-for-24 on three-point field goals (54.2%) -- a team high.
• Wagner has scored in double figures in seven games, including the last six games. During the run, he had 13 points against Mount St. Mary's (Nov. 26), 11 against Virginia Tech (Nov. 30), a career-best 20 against Kennesaw State (Dec. 3), 15, including the game-winner with 16 seconds left, against Texas (Dec. 6), 11 at No. 2 UCLA (Dec. 10) and 18 against Central Arkansas (Dec. 13).
• Zak Irvin leads U-M with 14.2 points per game, having scored in double figures in nine games. He scored a season-best 23 points against Virginia Tech (Nov. 30). He has scored 15-plus points in seven games.
• Mark Donnal and Duncan Robinson have become U-M's Two-Headed Sixth Man. Donnal is averaging 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds and shooting 62.5 percent from the field. After starting the first two games, Robinson has shifted to come off the bench and is averaging 8.2 points per game. Over the last five games, Robinson has produced 11.6 points per game, shooting 47.6 percent (20-for-42) with 13 triples and a season-best 15 points against Virginia Tech (Nov. 30).
• U-M ends its three-game homestand and the 2016 portion of its schedule this Thursday (Dec. 22) with a 7 p.m. contest against Furman. That game will be televised on BTN.
• The Wolverines will open Big Ten play on New Year's Day, traveling to Iowa City for their conference opener at Iowa (Jan 1). The game time will be determined no later than Dec. 26, with the game televised on BTN.


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