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What To Watch For: U-M at Nebraska

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The Wolverines have shot at least 33.3 percent from long range in all but one home game (27.8 percent vs. UMass-Lowell), with a high of 61.5 percent against Houston Baptist.


In four of seven home games, Michigan has shot 44.4 percent or better from three-point range, including a 47.1-percent clip against No. 1 Arizona.


On the flip side, Michigan has shot better than 30 percent from behind the arc just three times on the road, in the same number of games.


In four games - three of which were losses - the team shot worse than 30 percent.


As the numbers suggest, Michigan seems to settle for worse shots or rush their offensive sets on the road.


Nebraska, which opened a brand new basketball arena (Pinnacle Bank Arena) this year, does not have the same raucous environment of Duke or Iowa State, but the Wolverines also struggled to shoot in neutral sites, like their game in Brooklyn against Stanford or at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic.


Michigan has to commit to smart shot selection - and make the ones it takes.


2. Defending Petteway


The Cornhuskers have received an immediate offensive bump from Texas Tech transfer Terran Petteway.


Last season, Nebraska ranked last in the Big Ten on scoring offense, averaging just 58.3 points per game.


This year, with Petteway lighting it up, the Cornhuskers are averaging 11.4 points per game more than they did last year, up to 69.7 - still not great, but definitely a step in the right direction.


Petteway ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring averaging 17.3 points per game:


1. Rayvonte Rice, Illinois: 18.8 points per game


2. Nik Stauskas, Michigan: 17.8 points per game


3. Gary Harris, Michigan State: 17.8 points per game


4. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana: 17.7 points per game


5. Terran Petteway, Nebraska: 17.3 points per game


Petteway is a very high-volume shooter. He has taken 181 field goal attempts this year, 58 more than anyone else on Nebraska's roster.


The Nebraska offense flows through him - and if Michigan can siphon off his attempts, as it did with Northwestern's Drew Crawford in the second half of last weekend's 74-51 win, it will be a very good sign.


That being said, Petteway isn't the most efficient shooter out there. He has hit 78-of-181 field goals (43.1 percent), but he is pretty good from behind the arc: 21-of-53 three-pointers (39.6 percent).


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