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1/2/2024 4:14:00 PM | Men's Basketball
By: Tom Wywrot
Operations Update
Following a successful rollout at Michigan Stadium this fall, a new Weapons Detection System will be implemented at Crisler starting Jan. 4. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a smooth entry into Crisler; gates open one hour before game time. For game-day updates from DPSS and Athletics, follow @UMichDPSS on X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook. Updates include information about safety and security, potential game delays, parking suggestions, bag policies and traffic updates.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan basketball team (6-7, 1-1 Big Ten) opens 2024 by restarting the Big Ten season as the Wolverines host Minnesota (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten) on Thursday (Jan. 4) at Crisler Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on Peacock.
• Michigan restarts Big Ten play against Minnesota. The Wolverines went 1-1 in early conference games with a 78-75 loss to Indiana on Dec. 5 and a 90-80 triumph over Iowa on Dec. 10.
• This is the lone regular-season meeting between Michigan and Minnesota. U-M holds a 59-21 advantage against the Golden Gophers in Ann Arbor, winning eight of the last 10 at Crisler.
• A U-M victory would give the Wolverines their 100th series win over Minnesota (99-69). The Gophers would be the third Big Ten team U-M has reached the century mark against, joining Northwestern (119-59) and Michigan State (104-88).
• U-M swept the series last season after a 90-75 win at Williams Arena and a 60-54 victory at Crisler Center. In Minneapolis, the Wolverines went on a 27-7 first-half run and never looked back. Hunter Dickinson scored 19 points, while Dug McDaniel and Kobe Bufkin each had 15. In Ann Arbor, Jett Howard suffered an ankle injury, but Dickinson's 23 points (15 in second half) helped the Maize and Blue hold off the Gophers to earn a second straight victory.
• Michigan has made 10-plus three-pointers in three straight games and now has six total this season. U-M leads the Big Ten with 9.5 three-pointers per game and is shooting 38.3 percent from long range.
• With 65 assists (5.0 apg), McDaniel has posted seven games of five-plus. He has a season-best eight, twice -- versus UNC Asheville (Nov. 7) and against Stanford (Nov. 23). Last season, McDaniel led U-M with 122 (3.6 apg), the most for a U-M freshman in 12 years. He is 12 assists away from 200 for his career.
Olivier Nkamhoua is averaging 17.2 points per game, which is an increase of 6.3 per game from his best season at Tennessee (10.8; 2022-23). So far, he has posted 12 games of double figures, including three of 20-plus points.
Terrance Williams II has five straight games in double-figure points, capped off by a season-best 20 against McNeese (Dec. 29). With a career-best 12.3 points per game, Williams has doubled his previous best season output of 6.1 points per game (2022-23).
• With 30 three-pointers (13 games), Williams has passed his prior single-season best total of 20 as a sophomore (2021-22; 31 games).
Will Tschetter is shooting 65 percent on three-point field goals (13-for-20) and is shooting 72.2 percent from the field (39-for-54). Averaging 8.3 points, he has five double-figure scoring games.
Tarris Reed Jr. has added 8.1 points and six rebounds per game. Over his last four games, he has gone 12-for-17 (70.5 percent) at the free-throw line.