Saturday, the Wolverines dominated Detroit Mercy. Thursday, Michigan looks primed for a similar result, when Alabama A&M labors into Crisler Center.
The sophomore point guard continued his recent hot streak, shooting and passing the ball well against Detroit Mercy.
The last time the Michigan men’s basketball team took a double-digit lead on the road ended in a collapse.
The Wolverines (1-1 Big Ten, 9-3 overall) squandered a 20-point advantage last Monday at Ohio State — their most devastating loss of the young season.
And when Texas (6-3) cut Michigan’s lead to just six with two minutes remaining Tuesday, another heartbreaker threatened.
Behind Jordan Poole's 19 points, Michigan dispatched Indiana, 69-55, on the 50th anniversary of the first basketball game at Crisler Center.
On a night when the Tar Heels shot 55 percent from the floor, those types of mistakes were common in what amounted to the Wolverines’ worst defensive performance of the year.
The shooting is there. The question is if Poole’s defense can catch up. Still, Poole’s sequence of brilliance Sunday shows what might happen if the two blend together.
Matthews led the Michigan men’s basketball team (4-1) to a dominant dispatching of Chaminade (2-2), 102 to 64, in the first consolation round of the Maui Invitational.
After trailing at the half, the Wolverines used a 21-1 run during the second half to dispatch the Golden Eagles, 61-47, at Crisler Center on Thursday night.
The Wolverines’ slow starts shouldn’t be a cause for concern and – to an extent – are understandable.
The Wolverines simply didn’t look like a well-oiled machine Saturday night.