UConn vs. Michigan Prediction, Game Preview

    UConn vs. Michigan prediction and game preview for when the No. 18-ranked Huskies go up against the Wolverines in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

    November 24, 2015

    The No. 18 Connecticut Huskies will battle the Michigan Wolverines in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Below is the UConn vs. Michigan prediction and game preview.

    UConn vs. Michigan Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25
    Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
    Venue: Imperial Arena, Bahamas.
    Network: AXS

    Why You Need To Care

    In a touranment that will send the winner of this game up against the winner of Syracuse vs. Charlotte, Connecticut taking on Michigan is defnitely a matchup that should be watched.

    UConn has won three straight games to open the season. In dominating fashion, the Huskies have run through Maine, New Hampshire and Furman with an average margin-of-victory of 29.3 points per game. Saturday’s trampling of Furman was, in part, due to 18 points and 7 rebounds from Shonn Miller and another 13 points from Rodney Purvis.

    On the other hand, Michigan is looking to get back on the right track. It got past Northern Michigan and Elon with ease, but the Wolverines were out rebounded by Xavier by 16 boards in an 86-70 loss.

    Michigan’s three-point shooting, ranked No. 8 in the country at 43.9 percent, will be tested against a Huskies team that gives up 30.9 percent from three.

    Why UConn Will Win

    The Huskies will turn to Purvis and Sterling Gibbs to knock down some triples. The perimter game will be a big factor in UConn taking this one. Kevin Ollie’s team doesn’t turn the ball over, and it can’t afford to start now. The Huskies have only turned it over 24 times this season, which is ranked 7th in the nation. UConn shoots 76.8 percent from the free throw line, too. So, if Michigan puts the Huskies on the line, the Wolverines will pay for it.

    Why Michigan Will Win

    Losing to Xavier was a fluke. All teams are entitled to have a few bad losses on their resumes. There’s plenty of time for Michigan to bounce back, and it can do so by boxing out UConn on the boards in this one. The Wolverines shoot 48.2 percent from the field. They were 8-4 when allowing 30 rebounds or fewer last season. Just as UConn needs big triples to make a difference, the same can be said for the Wolverines, who were 15-8 when shooting at least 30 percent from three last season.

    Players Who Matter

    Purvis and Gibbs, as mentioned before, need to put together solid offensive stats. Both are shooting better than 40 percent from deep. But on top of that, UConn needs Daniel Hamilton to get it done in the paint. Hamilton (8.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game) might push for a double-double in this one.

    Michigan senior guard Caris LeVert seems to finally be settling into his role as a leader for the Wolverines. His draft stock has bounced up and down the past couple of years, but, with 19.3 points per game on 50 percent shooting, LeVert is finally comfortable scoring the basketball. He and Derrick Walton are the only Wolverines averaging at least two steals per game. They need to force a few turnovers against UConn, who doesn’t turn it over often.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Ollie is a great college coach, and his players play hard for him. They’ll do so again in this one. The Huskies will knock down their high-percentage looks and get a few tougher shots to go while keeping the Wolverines off the line. UConn will push Michigan off the perimeter and force it to take ill-advised, contested jump shots. UConn wins this one but not without a fight.

    UConn vs. Michigan Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    UConn 81, Michigan 74

    Jordan Cornette:
     UConn 79, Michigan 74

    Line: UConn -3

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