SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Jordan Poole sat with a towel over his head, eyes red with tears. Duncan Robinson stood next to him, his voice barely audible. Isaiah Livers was down a ways, isolated from the rest of his team. Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson sat deep in their lockers.
All of the Michigan men’s basketball players answered questions about the 79-62 drubbing they’d just taken from Villanova in the NCAA Championship game. The Wolverines’ answers varied from regret to pride to love for their teammates.
ON A MEGABUS SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS — The Michigan men’s basketball team’s season began with Moritz Wagner set to be the focal point of the team.
The junior forward still is, especially on offense, as his ability to spread out opposing defenses gives the rest of the Wolverines room to operate.
But over the course of the year, through the ups and downs of a season that’s stretched far longer than anyone could have expected, Wagner has taken on both leading and supporting roles. In part, it’s a testament to Michigan’s offensive depth.