Michigan Shows True Colors
Michigan showed its true colors against Oakland University as the Wolverines wore a red, white and blue ribbon on both their warmups and game jerseys. The ribbon logo is produced by the same company which makes the logos for the NBA. The U-M women's basketball team will also wear the ribbon.
Season Home Openers
Michigan improved to 16-3 its record in season openers played at Crisler Arena with the 81-73 victory over Oakland. It marks the second consecutive season-opening home win over the Golden Grizzlies. Michigan defeated Oakland 82-62 on Nov. 19, 1999.
Junior forward LaVell Blanchard (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) recorded the 19th double-double of his career, registering 17 points and 14 rebounds in a team-high 35 minutes. Blanchard's last double-double came in the 2000-01 finale, against Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament (March 8, 2001).
Freshmen Chuck Bailey (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King HS) and Dommanic Ingerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) saw their first collegiate action tonight, contributing significant minutes off the bench. Bailey led the two freshmen, scoring three points while grabbing four boards in 14 minutes.
Wiping the Glass Clean
LaVell Blanchard grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, besting his previous mark of 13, which he has accomplished eight times in his career.
The Wolverines received 30 points off the bench against the Golden Grizzlies, outscoring the opposition's bench by 20. Junior wing Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep [N.H]) led the reserves, dropping in 15 points while adding four assists in 29 minutes.
Spreading the Wealth
All 10 Wolverines who saw action in Michigan's season-opening victory over Oakland produced on the offensive end. Gavin Groninger (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield HS) led the way with 19 points, while LaVell Blanchard and Bernard Robinson Jr. chipped in 17 and 15, respectively.
LaVell Blanchard returned to action tonight after missing all but six minutes of the exhibition season. Blanchard injured his right ankle in a practice before the E.A. Sports Midwest All-Stars game (Nov. 2) then injured his left ankle in a practice before Michigan's game against Nike Elite (Nov. 11).
Senior guard Mike Gotfredson (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South HS) finished the game 1-for-1 from the field, connecting on pivotal three-pointer from the left wing. Gotfredson's three-point bucket tied his career-high point total. He scored three points against Eastern Michigan University on Dec. 30, 2000.
Seniors Chris Young (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central HS) and Leon Jones (Battle Creek, Mich./Winchendon Prep [Mass.]) added to their consecutive games played streaks, as both were in the starting lineup. The two have played in 88 consecutive contests.
That's Why They Call Them Free
Three Wolverines finished the night perfect from the free-throw line as the team shot 68.8 percent for the game. Bernard Robinson Jr. led the way by going 5-for-5, and Gavin Groninger went 3-for-3. Big man Josh Moore (Newark, N.J./St. Thomas More Prep [Conn.]) dumped in all four of free throw attempts as he finished the game with eight points and four boards.