No. 18 Michigan tips off with Alabama A&M Saturday in one of its final Big Ten tuneup games. The Wolverines are off to a strong 8-2 start and have yet to drop a game in Crisler Arena. The Bulldogs haven’t experienced that kind of success this season. They’ve gone 0-3 on the road, and Ann Arbor is their third stop on an eight-road game swing.
Michigan should win Saturday, but here are three keys to making the game a postive step for the Wolverines:
Get Jordan Morgan comfortable inside. Alabama A&M doesn’t have a very strong inside presence. The Bulldogs’ starter at center, 6-foot-10 sophomore Jerome Hunter, averages only four points and four rebounds per game. It’d be good for the Wolverines to get the ball down low to Morgan, who could work on some in-game post moves. Hunter won’t mirror a Big Ten big man, but the more comfortable Morgan gets boxing out and putting moves on non-conference guys, the better he should look when the Big Ten slate starts. The Wolverines will desperately need his inside presence.