Michigan’s leading scorer suspended for next 6 road games

Michigan’s leading scorer suspended for next 6 road games

Michigan (6-9 straight up, 5-10 against the spread) has suspended sophomore Dug McDaniel for its next six road games, including tonight’s game at Maryland.

“We have very high standards within our program, culture and university,” UM head coach Juwan Howard said in a statement. “Serving as mentors, we need to set the standards and pathways for our young men to succeed.

“Beginning with our game at Maryland, Dug McDaniel will not travel to road games until further notice. Dug will dress for home games, however, when we are away from Ann Arbor, he will work towards meeting several academic goals he has set and needs to meet.

“While I am disappointed, this is not something we take lightly. This is an important step for Dug and his success as a student-athlete.”

McDaniel got more specific with a note on his Instagram story, pointing out that he’s miss the team’s next six road assignments. He will be allowed to play in home games, though.

McDaniel leads the Wolverines in scoring (17.8 points per game) and assists (5.1 APG). He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.

McDaniel has made 44.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, 38.2 percent of his 3-pointers and 79.0 percent of his free throws. He has a 76/41 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Howard’s team has lost four games in a row and nine of its last 12 contests. The Wolverines have lost five straight ATS, and they’re mired in a 1-8 ATS slide.

As of late Thursday morning, most books had Maryland (9-6 SU, 4-11 ATS) installed as a six-point home favorite with a total of 139.5. The Wolverines, who are 1-3 in Big Ten play, were +210 on the money line.

Despite the appearance of back-to-back ‘unders,’ the ‘over’ is still 11-4 overall for Michigan. The ‘under’ has cashed in three straight games for the Terrapins to improve to 10-5 overall.