So far, so good for Michigan coach John Beilein.
In the opening win against Hillsdale, Beilein got good production from his three best players and got a chance to assess some of his new talent in a 92-68 win Saturday.
Derrick Walton had a career-high 22 points, Zak Irvin added 21, and Caris LeVert had 21 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. It marked the first time since 2011 three Wolverines scored at least 20 points.
No. 24 UM (1-0) has a quick turnaround, facing Bucknell (1-0) Monday night in the opening game of the regional round of the Legends Classic tournament. The Wolverines will face Detroit on Thursday before moving on to the championship round, facing Oregon and either VCU or Villanova at the Barclays Center in New York.
Although the veteran UM players were exceptional, the performances of some of the freshmen could concern Beilein. Kam Chatman, in his first start, shot 1-for-7 from the field but finished with four points, four rebounds and four steals.
Redshirt freshman Mark Donnal, who started his first game, had nine points and four rebounds in 26 minutes, sharing the middle with Ricky Doyle, who had seven points. No other UM player had more than four points.
The Wolverines gave up 24 points in the paint and allowed Hillsdale to hit 44 percent on 3-pointers (10-of-23). Kyle Cooper led the Chargers with 28 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Michigan didn't seem to have an answer on defense for him.
Beilein named juniors Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht captains for the season, citing their rapport with teammates.
"We make a big deal of it in our locker room but we don't make a big deal of it outside it," Beilein said. "They will be captains all year long. We had a team vote that was unanimous and the coaching staff was unanimous, too."
Bucknell at Michigan
When: Monday, 8 p.m.
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor
Records: No. 24 Michigan 1-0, Bucknell 1-0
Notable: In the regional round of the Legends Classic, the teams will have their first-ever meeting. Bucknell, from the Patriot League, won its opener over Marist and forward Dom Hoffman had 14 points and nine rebounds, pacing five Bison in double figures.