The Hawkeyes have dropped four straight games and five of their last six, and they seem like a shell of the team that jumped out to a 7-0 start in Big Ten play.
Michigan is in the Big Dance with a win, while a loss would likely put the Wolverines on the outside looking in.
The Wolverines missed a dunk and two run-of-the-mill layup opportunities in the second half of their 68-57 loss at Wisconsin.
Abdur-Rahkman finished with 19 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists, leading Michigan from behind twice in a key win.
Having lost three players to the NBA, Beilein and Michigan’s fan base recalibrated their vision for the future to center instead on LeVert and Albrecht. Once again, those expectations were shattered.
Donnal is averaging 10.2 points per game in Big Ten play this season and has embraced his role as a big man who can rebound, take charges and play defense, even against players who dwarf him in the low post.
Ohio State jumped out to an eight-point lead at halftime and never relinquished that advantage in a 76-66 win against Michigan.
Walton was told in explicit terms what he needed to do to help the Wolverines over the hump, and he went above and beyond.
Minnesota made it close in a 82-74 Michigan win on Wednesday night.
The Spartans represent one of the Wolverines' toughest challenges to date.