NEW YORK CITY, NY. — There was nothing normal about it.
Not all three captains notching two fouls early in the first half.
Not senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and junior center Moritz Wagner both fouling out.
“I called Muhammad over and said, ‘You’re doing a D-Walt impersonation at just the right time.’ ”
Once again, Michigan showed signs of peaking as the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament approach.
Michigan is starting to click in March like many of John Beilein's past teams.
Austin Hatch and John Beilein have a rare player-coach relationship that reaches far beyond the bounds of basketball.
Few batted an eyelash when Michigan grabbed a 43-23 lead over Ohio State in Columbus during their early-season coference matchup.
Robinson followed an offensive outburst on Sunday against Wisconsin with another electric shooting display Wednesday, helping lift Michigan past Iowa, 74-59.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery stepped to the podium at Big Ten media day and proclaimed this was “the deepest team we've ever had.”
Perhaps he meant it at the time, but the results have hardly bore that out.
Michigan assistant coach Luke Yaklich has given the Wolverines' defense a new identity.
The two weeks before the Purdue game and the two weeks since have featured offensive struggles the likes of which Michigan has rarely experienced under Beilein.