Zavier Simpson has the pedigree. Now his game might be rounding into form. What if the answer to the season’s preeminent question is just that simple?
Thanks to Simpson’s defense and timely shooting and Brooks’ free throws, though, the Wolverines’ response to a 15-point deficit was rather unfamiliar.
Michigan used a late run led by junior forward Moritz Wagner and sophomore guard Zavier Simpson to push the game into overtime, where the Wolverines flew past the Bruins to win, 78-69.
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.
This iteration of the Michigan men’s basketball team heads into a game against UCLA with about as little clarity in its rotation as any team in the Big Ten.
Losing to Ohio State created a sense of urgency for the Wolverines, and Robinson snapping out of a shooting funk can be the first step to seeing a difference on the scoreboard.
The revolving door that has rested on Beilein’s psyche has revealed both the question marks and the potential for the Wolverines this season.
When it mattered most Monday night, no Michigan player proved capable of stopping the bleeding in time to escape with a win.
The Wolverines (1-0 Big Ten, 7-2 overall) seek to accomplish that same feat nearly a month and a half ahead of that, when they take on Ohio State in their second early-season conference game.
In Michigan’s win over the Hoosiers, Eli Brooks, Jordan Poole and Isaiah Livers combined for 28 of the Wolverines’ 69 points — 19 of which came from Poole — as they continued to showcase aggressiveness atypical of a first-year player.