Michigan’s 105-46 win over Youngstown State wasn’t all that competitive, but it did include a high-quality alley-oop dunk thrown down by sophomore Aubrey Dawkins. After the Wolverines’ Derrick Walton Jr. rebounded a missed shot Michigan immediately broke out to the other end of the floor, with Derrick Walton Jr. throwing a pass that appeared to be beyond Dawkins’ reach.
Not so, as in one motion Dawkins caught the ball with his right hand and threw down a dunk…while being fouled. You can see the visual evidence of this finish in the video above.
And if that wasn’t enough Dawkins also threw down a two-handed 360.
Video credit: Big Ten Network
Hip issues to sideline Michigan’s Albrecht for remainder of season
Michigan guard Spike Albrecht was one of the Wolverines impacted by health issues last season, playing though hip injuries that would require bilateral hip surgery during the offseason. Unfortunately for Albrecht and the Michigan program the recovery process has been a slow one, with the senior using practice time for recovery and rehabilitation and attempting to tough it out in games.
“This has been the toughest decision I have ever had to make,” Albrecht said in the release. “After taking a hard look at what is best for me, and this team, I will be stepping away from the game that has meant so much to me.
“I am so thankful for what Coach Beilein, the assistants and the medical staff have done for me during my career and in particular over the last year while I was dealing with this injury. I just have a little more to go and I really need to take the proper time to finish my rehab.”
After playing 32 minutes per game as a junior with Michigan being without both Derrick Walton Jr. and Caris LeVert, Albrecht was down to just 8.6 minutes per contest in eight games as a senior.
Without Albrecht the Wolverines’ point guard depth takes a hit, with Walton Jr. now without a true backup. Walton’s had his own health issues this season, as he’s missed Michigan’s last two games due to a sprained left ankle. With Albrecht no longer in the rotation, LeVert is another candidate to see time on the ball moving forward.
Despite playing most of the game without injured senior center Markus Kennedy, No. 19 SMU thoroughly outplayed Michigan for an impressive 82-58 home victory.
The Mustangs led the final 31 minutes of the game as Jordan Tolbert gave a huge lift with 23 points and nine rebounds as he went 11-for-12 from the field. SMU also had 15 points from senior guard Nic Moore and junior wing Keith Frazier as the Mustangs shot 57 percent (31-for-54) from the field and 53 percent (8-for-15) from 3-point range.
Playing without injured starting point guard Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan (6-3) struggled to find itself on offense as senior Caris LeVert played one of the worst games of his college career. LeVert started the game 0-for-11 from the field and finished with five points and three assists on 1-for-13 shooting. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson led the Wolverines with 15 points on the night.
Considering that SMU (7-0) has no postseason to play for and they’re playing for interim head coach Tim Jankovich, this was a very impressive home win. The Mustangs still have a ton of pride when they take the floor and they’re looking like major contenders in the American despite that postseason ban. Moore is as tough as it gets when it comes to senior floor leaders and he’s not afraid to take and make big shots.
If Frazier is shooting well and someone like Tolbert steps up in Kennedy’s place, SMU is going to be tough to beat, especially at Moody Coliseum.
As for Michigan, they clearly need to get a healthy Walton back in the lineup as soon as possible because when he’s been missing with injury the last two seasons, the Wolverines haven’t been nearly the same team. LeVert clearly struggled with the defense focusing on him and he needs more help on the wing as well.
Kennedy sprained his ankle in the win for SMU and it is uncertain when he will return to the lineup. Even though Kennedy didn’t play for the Mustangs, they outrebounded Michigan 45-20 for the contest.