Hunter Dickinson was a consensus All-American in 2021, and a First Team All-Big Ten performer whose clutch plays in the NCAA Tournament helped lead the Wolverines to their fourth straight Sweet 16.
Dickinson and the Wolverines are now 2-0 on the young season after an 88-83 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Friday night, during which Dickinson and former #2 overall recruit and Memphis transfer Emoni Bates battled it out for supremacy on the court.
Their final stats are shown below:
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Dickinson dominated in the paint as usual, punishing an undersized Eagles front line. He was helped out by Terrance Williams, who scored 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds, and Jaelin Llewellyn, the Princeton transfer at point guard who scored 12 points including a clutch layup with the game hanging in the balance.
Kobe Bufkin also added a clutch contested layup down the stretch as Michigan erased the Eagles’ late lead in route to their second win.
Meanwhile, the Internet is still buzzing about a play by Dickinson on offense that didn’t immediately translate into a basket, but still had people talking for hours afterward.
With Michigan leading 81-77, Dickinson watched as Lleywellyn began to bring the ball up court.
He was trailed by Eastern Michigan’s Noah Farrakhan, the diminutive guard who was a thorn in Michigan’s side for much of the night.
As Farrakhan gave chase, Dickinson lined him up before setting a bone crushing pick that left the Eagles guard in a crumpled heap on the floor.
What a sequence of events for Hunter Dickinson here! ?
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For many longtime Michigan fans, the crushing screen called to mind a play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament by Mitch McGary.
McGary, much like Dickinson, was a prized recruit and a physical specimen who intimidated opposing teams with his combination of great timing, size and skill.
While McGary is no longer in the NBA, his play for Michigan during his freshman season remains the stuff of legends.
Next up for Dickinson’s Wolverines is a road test against the Pittsburgh Panthers at 6 p.m. this Wednesday.
Pitt is coming off of an 81-56 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers, but road wins are never easy in college basketball — especially against programs as tough-minded and historically difficult to play as the Panthers.