It’s no coincidence the Wolverines have lost in two of Matthews' three worst performances by offensive rating, nor should it surprise that their offense has generally lagged when he has struggled. The reason behind that is simple. When Michigan’s offense lags, it falls back on Matthews. In turn, Matthews falls back on contested midrange jump shots, which don’t do much for anyone.
That’s why, as the Wolverines jumped out to an early lead on as part of a 77-65 win over Rutgers on Tuesday night, their offense humming, it was Matthews greasing the skids.