In October, the Daily caught up with the Terrapins’ star player at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago to talk about high expectations, Maryland’s recent recruiting success and spending part of the summer at a camp with Stephen Curry.
CHAMPAIGN — First it was a successful tip-in after his teammate missed a 3-pointer.
Then it was a contested layup to break a three-and-a-half-minute scoring drought. Later, it was a 3-pointer followed up by a block on the other end, and then it was a successful hook shot coming off an offensive rebound.
DETROIT — The puck slipped between Steve Racine’s legs, and for a fleeting moment, it seemed the senior goaltender’s return to the ice had taken a turn for the worse.
Racine had stopped 13-of-13 shots in his first period since suffering a lower-body injury a month ago, but Northern Michigan battled back for a quick score to start the second and now, nine minutes later, had found the netminder’s five-hole.
Two Wildcats dove toward the crease and tapped the puck into the back of the net, and suddenly the Wolverines trailed, 2-1.
Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein often hangs his hat on his team’s defense.
Even in a week when two of his players recorded the fourth and fifth triple-doubles in Michigan history, Beilein was proudest of the fact that the Wolverines reduced their opposing field-goal percentage just below his target of 40 percent.
So naturally, Beilein wasn’t happy Wednesday when the Wolverines allowed Bryant — a team shooting just 39 percent for the season, good for 326th in the country — to make 59 percent of its shots in the first half.
Almost a year to the date after the Wolverines’ upset loss to the New Jersey Institute of Technology following a huge win over Syracuse, Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein was fully aware his team could be set up for another letdown on Saturday.
Even after a hard-fought Big Ten/ACC Challenge road win Tuesday at North Carolina State — despite losing junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. to an ankle injury — Beilein no longer believes in “guarantee” games, especially without one of his key players.