Wolverines wrap up non-conference with win
Written by Matt Pargoff   


It may not have been the finely tuned showing that John Beilein would have hoped for heading into Big Ten play, but the Wolverines came out on top 76-51 against Jacksonville on Saturday evening.

Michigan struggled at times shooting and turned the ball over 14 times, but simply outmatched Jacksonville, steadily pulling away over the course of the game.

“We had a lot of gunk in us,” John Beilein said of his team’s performance. “We just didn’t have some things going. We played two games in a row where we played so efficiently, it was probably bound to happen.

“If this was a Big Ten-talented team, we wouldn’t have gotten a W if we were were home or away today, so it’s probably good for us that we can look at the film … I’m not moving on to Iowa until I find out what happened in that first half offensively that made us so inefficient.”

Returning to action after a nine-day break, the game could be seen overall as an opportunity to shake off the rust heading into Big Ten play, which was especially true for Moritz Wagner, who returned from a two-game hiatus from an ankle injury. While he only scored seven points, and turned the ball over four times, his head coach was encouraged by what he saw.

“I’m just glad that Moe could just make a basket,” Beilein noted. “He had two and a half weeks completely off and you could see that there was an effect there.”

The Wolverines were led by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who scored 20 points, making every shot that he took in the game. Charles Matthews added 18 points, while Duncan Robinson scored 12.

Improving to 12-3 on the season, Michigan will start regular Big Ten play on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. eastern on ESPN2, playing at Iowa.

Check out post-game video from the win over Jacksonville from John Beilein, Charles Matthews and Duncan Robinson below.


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