Test for Basketball Team

Via AnnArbor.com

Michigan basketball will receive a Big Ten-like test from Oakland

Throughout the month of December, Michigan basketball has ebbed and flowed depending on the opponent.

Against good teams, the Wolverines played better than expected. Against overmatched foes, Michigan played at a level where it would win few, if any, Big Ten games.

Saturday becomes a middle road. Oakland, which Michigan plays Saturday (noon, ESPN3.com), will be the best team to come to Crisler Arena so far this season. The Grizzlies have a lot of what Michigan doesn’t.

They have a potential first-round NBA lottery pick in fifth-year senior center Keith Benson. They have experience with four seniors or redshirt seniors in their starting lineup.

And they have a win over a Top 10 team after beating No. 7 Tennessee on Tuesday, 89-82.

“It’ll be a good challenge for us, one of the most talented teams we’ve played,” Michigan junior guard Zack Novak said. “Maybe a little bit of a benchmark to see where we’re at. Give these guys kind of an opportunity to see an NBA-type player.”

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