JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With 2017 drawing to a close, Jacksonville University (5-10) will play its final game this calendar year when the Dolphins travel north to Michigan (11-3) on Saturday.
Saturday's game can be heard on mixlr.com/judolphins and 1010 XL, the flagship sports radio station of Northeast Florida with "Voice of the Dolphins" Scott Manze on the call. The game will also be broadcast on BTN and BTN2Go.
Thanks to 22 second-half points from the reigning ASUN Newcomer of the Week and 17 points in the triumphant return of an injured starter, Jacksonville University defeated pesky Middle Georgia State (5-7) by 21 points, 81-60, on Thursday.
"I thought we played with more energy and more effort in the second half. Offensively we did a better job of getting to the rim and being strong with the ball when we were in the paint," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. " [JD] handled the ball a lot tonight and he looked really good on both ends of the floor. He's got a shot to be a really good player. And Devin changed the game in his first game back. It was good to see him back."
Series Record: 0-0 (First Meeting)
Record at Jacksonville: N/A
Record at Michigan: N/A
Record at Neutral Site: N/A
Record in OT: N/A
Coach Jasick vs. Michigan: N/A
Coach Beilein vs. JU: N/A
JU vs. Big Ten Teams: 5-13 (1-0 vs. Illinois, 0-2 vs. Indiana, 1-0 vs. Iowa, 1-2 vs. Maryland, 1-1 vs. Michigan State, 0-2 vs. Minnesota, 0-1 vs. Northwestern, 0-2 vs. Ohio State, 0-1 vs. Penn State, 0-1 vs. Purdue, 1-1 vs. Rutgers)
Michigan vs. ASUN Teams: 2-1 (1-0 vs. North Florida, 1-0 vs. FGCU, 0-1 vs. NJIT)
The Wolverines are 11-3 this season and 1-1 in Big Ten play, with notable wins over North Florida (86-66 on Nov. 11), VCU (68-60 on Nov. 22), Indiana (69-55 on Dec. 2), UCLA (78-69 in OT on Dec. 9), and at Texas (59-52 on Dec. 12). Michigan is in its 11th year under John Beilein, who has accrued a 226-138 record overall and a 99-93 record in Big Ten play since taking over the program. Beilein is among the most successful coaches in NCAA history, with 777 wins in 40 years as a head coach.
Michigan is averaging 76.9 ppg while allowing just 61.4 ppg. That's a +15.6 ppg margin, which ranks third in the Big Ten and 27th in the country. The Wolverines' 1.69 assist-to-turnover ratio leads their conference and is fifth overall in the NCAA, and their 134 total turnovers this season is tops among Big Ten members and 24th nation-wide. Michigan is deadly from beyond the arc, leading the conference in three-pointers made per game (9.8), but that's led to a less-than-stellar offensive rebounding mark, where the Wolverines rank 12th in the Big Ten and 257th overall (9.36 orpg).
Players to watch:
- #1 – Junior guard Charles Matthews – Matthews leads his team in scoring (16.0 ppg) and ranks second in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and assists (3.2 apg). Sitting out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules, the Chicago, Ill., native transferred from Kentucky after spending his freshman year there, where he averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds a game.
- #13 – Junior forward Moritz Wagner – A native of Berlin, Germany, Wagner is second on the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and leads the efforts at the glass (7.6 rpg). He started all 38 games in 2016-17, his sophomore season, averaging 12.1 ppg en route to an All-Big Ten honorable mention. He also received the 2016-17 Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player award.
- #22 – Grad student guard/forward Duncan Robinson – Michigan's 2016-17 Sixth Man award winner, Robinson leads the team in three-pointers made this season (32 of 85 attempts, 37.6%), and is third in scoring (10.3 ppg).