The most important aspect of Michigan’s first basketball game on its Italy trip might have been the newcomers’ involvement.
On a team with six freshmen, getting into a game and getting comfortable was essential. These Wolverines had no problem adapting in the 99-60 exhibition win Sunday over the Perugia Select Team in Rome.
Three freshmen scored in double figures: forward Kameron Chatman (12 points), center Ricky Doyle (12) and guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (11).
“It was a lot of fun,” said Doyle, who shot 6-for-7 from the field. “Finally getting out there with all these guys was a great experience. There is a lot more to come. It’s going to be a great year.”
Monday was an off day, beginning with a morning visit to the Vatican and a scheduled trip to Vicenza for the next two games, including today’s 2:30 p.m. tip-off against the Vicenza All-Stars.
For coach John Beilein, it was a perfectly timed rest day.
“We will have 48 hours before our next game,” he said Sunday. “This film will be invaluable. There will be plenty of it that will coach the coaches on what we have to teach better. The second part is we will have a chance to sit down with players on the train tomorrow. … It will be just a great teaching tool.”
■ BRIEFLY: The U-M basketball team will raise its Big Ten championship banner Nov. 15 against Hillsdale, according to an e-mail sent to its ticket list Monday.
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