Takeaways from the Exhibition win over Ferris State

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — Although it doesn’t count in the win-loss column, Michigan got into the opener of the season with an 88-75 exhibition win over Ferris State on Friday.

Below are three takeaways from the win.

I feel like I have to say a lot after this one but we have to keep things in perspective when it comes to who is playing Michigan it’s hard not to come away impressed with the level of play that Jett Howard has set up on Friday evening.

A 22-point performance on an 8-9 shot in the first half is definitely not luck.

One of the Wolverines’ biggest knocks against them offensively last season was his three-point shot, Howard gave the Wolverines a big boost from beyond the arc shooting 6/8. Coupled with strong defensive efforts, it was a great start for young Howard.

He finished the game with a team high 30 points, 4 rebounds and shot a searing 10-12 from the field.

After a summer trip abroad that he would like to forget, guard Kobe Bufkin has taken the right steps to put himself in a position to lead the Wolverines this year. A considered opponent, Bufkin produced an impressive performance including a posterizing dunk in transition.

Bufkin showed his reach and ability to attack the basket, which could be a dangerous combo with Jett Howard when firing on all cylinders. A very positive and encouraging performance.

Bufkin finished the night with 21 points, 1 rebound and an assist on 6-8 shooting.

If you had to argue for something Michigan performed poorly in, it was an offensive rebound. With the Wolverines clearly overpowering the Bulldogs in both talent and size, the fact that UM finished the game with just 3 offensive rebounds in the entire game is a little disappointing.

The defensive performance, all things considered, was good. But a small number of offensive rebounds won’t be enough when the schedule gets tough.


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