The 2023-24 college basketball season has kicked off and there are a ton of storylines already brewing with the first week coming to a close. Take a look at some of the biggest winners and losers in the Big Ten basketball ranks through the first week.
Winners: Michigan Wolverines
The Michigan Wolverines are 2-0 through Week 1, knocking off UNC-Asheville and Youngstown State at home. They’ll have a big test coming up this Monday when they face the St. John’s Red Storm at Madison Square Garden in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. They’ve allowed just 68.0 ppg defensively while scoring 95.5 ppg on the offensive end.
Dug McDaniel is playing with a huge chip on his shoulder at the lead guard role and he’s got Olivier Nkamhoua in the frontcourt to make plays with this season. So far, McDaniel is producing 19.0 ppg, 6.0 apg and 2.5 rpg on 33.3 percent shooting from behind the arc and 53.6 percent from the field. Nkamhoua is nearly averaging a double-double with 21.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.5 apg and 1.0 bpg on 78.3 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from deep.
Terrance Williams continues to show his growth on the perimeter. He’s averaging 14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 1.0 bpg on 55.6 percent from deep. He’s finding his spots to be effective while McDaniel and Nkamhoua build their chemistry in the pick-and-roll game.
Second-year forward Will Tschetter has proven to be a productive piece off the bench for them as well. He’s averaging 14.0 ppg on 84.6 percent shooting from the floor and a perfect 6-of-6 from behind arc through two contests. He’s another big man who’s flourishing with McDaniel at the floor general role.