100 the easy way: Michigan shows off its scoring depth, new ability to run in blowout win
ANN ARBOR -- At this point last season, Michigan struggled to score 59 points in an opening night win over Ferris State.
For the Wolverines' offense, what a difference a year makes.
Michigan showed off all its new offensive toys in a big way Friday, cracking the century mark for the first time in five years in a 100-62 victory over Slippery Rock.
"Last year was fun playing with those guys," Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke said. "But it's (even more) fun playing with these guys this year."
Just about every combination Michigan threw on the floor Friday night was able to put up something offensively.
The Wolverines scored inside (34 points in the paint), outside (12-for-19 from 3-point range) and created offense from their defense (15 points off turnovers).
Burke had a relatively off night, and still finished with 21 points. Glenn Robinson III was rather quiet, but still managed to drop in 10 points and pull down 8 rebounds.
Mitch McGary only played 12 minutes, but somehow finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
And Tim Hardaway Jr.? Well, he looked like his old self -- dropping in 25 points and 10 boards.
Six different players hit 3-pointers, and as a team, Michigan went 24-for-36 (66.7 percent) from the floor after halftime.
Long story short: Michigan has options on offense this season. An awful lot of them.
"We're definitely capable (offensively)," Hardaway said. "We've got guys coming off the bench making open shots, and that's key for us. Everybody will give us a lane wide open because they don't want to settle and leave our shooters open on the wing.
"The guards, everybody, we all do a great job of just finding one another."
In two exhibitions and one regular season game, the Michigan offense is putting up 86.3 points per game. It averaged just 66.3 last year.
The Wolverines have played three cream puffs, but the potential is clear.
Offensively, this team could be very dangerous.
"We've had shooting depth in the past," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "But I think we have more guys (who can call a bad night) a 2-for-6 (3-point shooting night).
"It makes us tough to defend."