3 takeaways from Michigan’s 78-68 win over Jackson State

3 takeaways from Michigan’s 78-68 win over Jackson State
3 takeaways from Michigan’s 78-68 win over Jackson State

Days after Michigan was brought to the brink by Ohio, the Wolverines used a strong second half to run away from Jackson State in a 78-68 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

The Wolverines were led by Jett Howard, who finished the game with 19 points and shot 4-7 of three in the winning effort.

Below are three takeaways from the Wolverines victory.

I’m not proclaiming that everything is settled for Michigan after the near debacle against Ohio, but seeing an improved team show up days after the game is a positive sign in terms of a young team’s overall growth.

The shot numbers weren’t fantastic but you’ll take it on a win. Defensive disposition improved, free throw shooting improved.

All good things happen with a win.

The defensive layout was something Juwan Howard took issue with early in the game and you can believe that was addressed during the week. The Wolverines came out disruptive in both halves and forced JSU into tough shots and turnovers.

The Wolverines finished the game in double-digit blocks and forced the Tigers to turn the ball over 10 times.

When it comes to free throw shooting, the Wolverines finished the game 16-19, a clear 76% improvement from the line.

If Michigan plans to get anything out of this season, it will need to find contributions from the entire team and not just a handful of key players. Terrance Williams II is one of those players that Wolverines needed more consistency.

Williams put in an encouraging performance against the Tigers, finishing the night with 11 points and 5 rebounds. He shot 4-10 from the field, 1-3 from three and 2-3 from the free throw line.

One of the most glaring issues for the Wolverines in recent weeks has been the lack of bench production. While it certainly can’t be said to be fixed, everything is pretty much better than what the program was getting recently.

Joey Baker hit open threes, guys dive for loose balls and the score going in a positive direction instead of negative is all you can really ask for in this one.

The Wolverines added over 20 points from the bench on the night, with contributions from Dug McDaniel, who added 9 points and Joey Baker, who also added 6 points.

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