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CELEBRATING ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF EDITORIAL FREEDOM
Michigan experienced trouble in road games last season, but it’s a different team now, and the Wolverines have to prove once again that they can contend with good teams away from Crisler Center.
Thanks to Simpson’s defense and timely shooting and Brooks’ free throws, though, the Wolverines’ response to a 15-point deficit was rather unfamiliar.
Though the Bruins have played a relatively easy schedule so far, their 7-1 record and status as a marquee program is enough to provide a stout test for Michigan.
The Wolverines never found an answer, and were dominated in a 86-71 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday night.
The Daily men's basketball beat presents an oral history of the 1993 national championship game between Michigan and North Carolina.
Junior forward Moritz Wagner and redshirt sophomore forward Charles Matthews have mostly led the way for the Wolverines. That was most evident in Michigan’s 87-42 drubbing of UC-Riverside.
Matthews left the first free throw short. He hit the second one, but after the Tigers inbounded and made a free throw of their own, the Wolverines couldn’t hit a desperation shot, and they fell, 77-75.
Though Southern Mississippi has won just 20 games in three seasons, the Golden Eagles provide some things that Michigan hasn’t seen to this point.
It was a plea for the sophomore guard to be more aggressive offensively — to make plays and take his shots when they’re there. Monday, against Central Michigan, Simpson heeded his coach’s advice.
While Michigan eventually powered its way to a 87-67 win over North Florida, it wasn’t pretty, especially at the beginning of the contest.