Michigan is bracing for a Saturday contest at UCLA,which boasts the nation’s second-highest scoring offense at 97 points per game.
The Wolverines are coming off a 61-58 loss in a defensive battle with Xavier, which Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico attributed in part to a brutal road swing.
The roles reversed for Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh, but the total impact was similar.
The production from the top line of Will Lockwood, Jake Slaker and Alex Kile has cooled considerably since its scorching start to the season.
Since the Michigan women’s basketball team last played at Crisler Center, the Wolverines have traveled to the Virgin Islands, Atlanta and Cincinnati.
Michigan held on for a 53-50 win over Texas.
Ryan Glasgow estimated that he watched film of the loss about eight times before Tuesday or Wednesday last week.
By the end of Monday’s game, Michigan’s top-10 offense looked unfamiliar, as the Musketeers held it to just 58 points — 28 at halftime — in a 61-58 Xavier victory.
Coached by Shaka Smart, the Longhorns push the pace of the game not through their offense, but their defense.