Thanks to Simpson’s defense and timely shooting and Brooks’ free throws, though, the Wolverines’ response to a 15-point deficit was rather unfamiliar.
Michigan used a late run led by junior forward Moritz Wagner and sophomore guard Zavier Simpson to push the game into overtime, where the Wolverines flew past the Bruins to win, 78-69.
Though the Bruins have played a relatively easy schedule so far, their 7-1 record and status as a marquee program is enough to provide a stout test for Michigan.
Losing to Ohio State created a sense of urgency for the Wolverines, and Robinson snapping out of a shooting funk can be the first step to seeing a difference on the scoreboard.
The revolving door that has rested on Beilein’s psyche has revealed both the question marks and the potential for the Wolverines this season.
In Michigan’s win over the Hoosiers, Eli Brooks, Jordan Poole and Isaiah Livers combined for 28 of the Wolverines’ 69 points — 19 of which came from Poole — as they continued to showcase aggressiveness atypical of a first-year player.
Behind Jordan Poole's 19 points, Michigan dispatched Indiana, 69-55, on the 50th anniversary of the first basketball game at Crisler Center.
The first of Michigan's two December conference matchups begins Saturday against Indiana, and both teams desperately need a pick-me-up victory.
On a night when the Tar Heels shot 55 percent from the floor, those types of mistakes were common in what amounted to the Wolverines’ worst defensive performance of the year.
The Wolverines never found an answer, and were dominated in a 86-71 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday night.