To secure a win on Wednesday, Michigan will have to hold in check the hero of last year’s game: senior guard Tre Demps.
The Wolverines’ defensive struggles have caught up with them.
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.
After a game-high 17-point performance in a losing effort Tuesday against Ohio State, Donnal had the game’s best mark again against No. 6 Maryland in another road loss.
Despite a late 3-pointer from redshirt sophomore guard Duncan Robinson, the Terrapins hung on and sealed an 86-82 victory from the free-throw line.
The Wolverines will try to duplicate their Jan. 12 upset of then-No. 3 Maryland at Crisler Center.
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.
For a team that gives 15.7 fouls per game — the eighth-fewest in the country — 14 in one half Tuesday at Ohio State was unusual.
The most tangible evidence of Michigan’s fatigue didn’t even come from the players on the floor — it came from the notable face missing, senior guard Caris LeVert.
Ohio State jumped out to an eight-point lead at halftime and never relinquished that advantage in a 76-66 win against Michigan.