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Michigan’s Scoring Defense Ranks Third-Best In All Of College Basketball

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Michigan next faces Western Michigan on Saturday at 2:00.

Per Kjeldsen

At 10-0, Michigan is off to its best start since beginning the 2012-13 campaign 16-0.

With contests against Western Michigan, Air Force and Binghamton looming before the Wolverines resume conference play for good against Penn State on Jan. 3, we take a look at where U-M ranks in all of the nation’s most important statistical categories through the season’s first month.

Note: there are 351 teams in Division 1.

Offensive Statistics:

• Field goal percentage: 109th (46.8%)

• Points per game: 204th (73.6)

• Three-point field goal percentage: 93rd (36.6%)

• Turnovers per game: 9th (9.8)

• Free throw percentage: 272nd (66%)

• Assists per game: 134th (14.5)

• Total free throws attempts: 111th (203)

Defensive Statistics:

• Field goal percentage defense: 13th (37%)

• Points allowed per game: 3rd (55.2)

• Rebounds per game: 101st (38.3)

• Three-point percentage against: 121st (31.8%)

• Total fouls committed: 25th (133)

• Turnovers forced per game: 268th (12.4)

• Blocked shots per game: 80th (4.3)

Miscellaneous:

• Assist-to-turnover ratio: 24th (1.48)

• Turnover margin: 78th (2.6)

Takeaways:

• Michigan’s offense has a very solid shooting percentage on the year (46.8 percent, 109th nationally), but that is not reflected in its scoring numbers. The Wolverines are just 204th in the country in points per game, averaging 73.6.

• The Maize and Blue are getting to the free throw line at a high rate under head coach John Beilein (203 attempts, which is 111th in the country), but once again are doing a poor job of converting. Their 66 connection rate is just 272nd nationally, a year after they only made 65.9 percent from the line.

• Michigan’s defense ranks near the top of the country in the two most important statistical categories — field goal percentage against and points allowed per game. In the former, opponents are shooting just 37 percent against U-M (13th best), while the team’s 55.2 points allowed per game are the third fewest in college basketball.

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