The Wolverines went 1-1 this week, so what do we make of them now? Plus, we break down the Big Ten standings and what expectations are for the rest of the season. That and Mike makes the case for Purdue basketball to win the Big Ten Tournament.
In many games, that would have been where it unraveled — especially when Johns, Teske’s replacement, instantly picked up two fouls on the same possession. But Beilein took the risk and put Teske back in along with Livers.
After that, Fernando had six points, Smith had two and Michigan had a 65-52 win.
On Saturday afternoon though, it took nearly three minutes for the Terrapins to score. Before they could do so for a second time, Michigan’s lead had ballooned to 14-2. Maryland (19-7 overall, 10-5 Big Ten) eventually reversed course, but — much like for the Wolverines on Tuesday — it was too late, as Michigan (23-3, 12-3) held on to win, 65-62.
Because as well as he has played, his team has reached its collective worst in a season that has included far more highs than lows. And for Matthews — likely in his last season at Michigan — to reach the heights he imagined when he transferred here, his teammates need to rediscover those highs.
“Time is running short,” Matthews said. “It ain't no more, ‘We'll fix it later.’ Time is now.”
STATE COLLEGE — The ball fell through the net and Luke Yaklich’s head slumped over his body, hands falling forward, then everything else moving with it, the assistant coach’s posture shaping into an upside-down L.
Don’t tell Jordan Poole he’s in a slump. At least not to his face.
“I personally don’t like to use the word slump. It’s a media thing,” the sophomore guard said last Monday after he shot 3-for-9 in a loss to Iowa. “But there’ll just be games where you don’t hit shots. … I bounce back. That’s all there is to it.”