In its first real taste of exclusively Big Ten action — Michigan played two non-conference games at MSG in 2012 — the five boroughs showed it could be a great spot for this Power Five conference.
Abdur-Rahkman’s impeccable post awareness isn’t a new sight for the Wolverines, but it was especially helpful in a game where the Wolverines made just six 3-pointers
After the Wolverines controlled most of the game, the Nittany Lions gave them a late scare.
The Wolverines are 17-11 all-time at Madison Square Garden.
Modest as he is, Dawkins’ arsenal is hardly limited.
After coming off the bench with just under 12 minutes left in the frame, Dawkins wasted little time in making his presence felt.
The Wolverines took over the game with a 12-0 run in the first frame and cruised to a 68-57 victory.
Michigan coach John Beilein, in typical fashion, said that regardless of Rutgers’ undesirable record, the Scarlet Knights will still be a challenge for the Wolverines.
The Michigan Daily sat down with Scarlet Knights coach Eddie Jordan at Big Ten Media Day in October.
In an attack heavily reliant on the 3-pointer, any impediment to the Wolverines’ perimeter ball screens presents a major roadblock.