The Michigan Wolverines and Memphis Tigers hook up for the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis with both teams looking to keep their high-scoring offenses firing on all cylinders.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Memphis Tigers (-1, 156)
Michigan has yet to score fewer than 86 points in a game this season and is 17th in the country in points scored on a per-possession basis. Memphis, meanwhile, entered Tuesday 83rd in points scored per possession despite having scored at least 90 points in two of its three games this season.
Memphis lost each of their top five scorers from last season and have just two players back who scored a single point for the Tigers last season.
The unfamiliarity has likely played a large part as to why Memphis entered Tuesday 247th in the country in turnovers committed per possession with each of their top three scorers committing at least 2.7 turnovers per game.
Wednesday’s game also figures to offer a lot of opportunities for second-chance points with Michigan grabbing a rebound on 34.8% of their missed shots this season, which ranked 45th in the country in that category. Memphis entered Tuesday 160th in defensive rebound rate with Michigan ranking 294th in that category.
In what figures to be an up-and-down game with the team that executes the best having a large advantage, Michigan returning four players that averaged more than 10 minutes per game on last year’s team will be the difference against a talent Memphis team that is in search of its team identity.
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