VILLANOVA, Pa. — It happened exactly as John Beilein expected.
On Villanova’s second possession, senior forward Eric Paschall drove the lane, right at Ignas Brazdeikis. With Paschall’s 40-pound weight advantage and three more years of college experience, it should have been an easy two points. Instead, the freshman held his ground, absorbed the contact and took the charge.
The Associated Press called it the United States’, “worst weather-whipping in years.”
The Michigan Daily called it, “another chapter in the rags-to-riches tale.”
The Michigan football team called it a Big Ten Championship.
Purely from a football standpoint, the 1950 edition of ‘The Game’ between Michigan (4-3-1 overall, 3-1-1 Big Ten) and Ohio State (6-2, 5-1) had the potential to be memorable, with a conference title and, of course, bragging rights on the line.
The first glimpse of the 2018-2019 Wolverines came last Friday against Division II Northwood. Michigan took just 11 3-pointers, scoring 56 of 90 points in the paint and 24 on the fast break. It didn’t make its first three until 19 minutes into the game.
Coming off an illustrious prep career at Kalamazoo Central High School, Isaiah Livers joined the Michigan men’s basketball team last year with hype and anticipation as one of the program’s top recruits.