Ledes that play on A Tale of Two Cities are by now long since cliched. So I’m not going to write one (though I reserve the right to use it when I can’t come up with a title for my history paper later tonight).
When the Michigan men’s basketball team takes the floor against No. 10 Oregon on Saturday afternoon, it will have an opportunity to score its third regular-season victory over a top-10 opponent this season.
The crowd inside Crisler Center erupted, the Michigan bench jumped to its feet in excitement and Wagner strolled away smiling ear to ear. The fact that the sequence increased the Wolverines’ lead to 16 points was trivial. What the slam meant in the grand scheme of things was much more meaningful.
Michigan teams of years past have at times tended to rely on a few players – the Jordan Pooles and Moritz Wagners – for much of their success. But so far this season, the fourth-ranked Wolverines have been winning more on the strength of the many than the success of a few.
That process will finally be put to use on Friday night when Michigan opens up Big Ten play against Iowa at Crisler Center. Having seemingly worked through the schedule sequentially, Howard scouted the Hawkeyes before anyone else.