The Wolverines came out swinging from the start. They didn’t wait around, sizing up their opponent. The jabs came quick and early.
All night long, sophomore guard Spike Albrecht made a sold out Crisler Center come to its feet with crisp passes. But it wasn’t until he knocked down a deep 3-pointer with 31 seconds left in the game that the crowd was cheering for his own basket, as Michigan held on to edge Syracuse, 68-65.
The blowout wasn’t hindered by the absence of sophomore guard Derrick Walton Jr., who had previously started every game at point guard for Michigan (5-1), but didn’t dress because of an injury.
Forced to watch from the sidelines as the Michigan men’s basketball team raised a Big Ten Championship banner before tip-off, Hillsdale did everything but cower in the face of a formidable opponent in the game’s opening minutes.