Junior forward Moritz Wagner and redshirt sophomore forward Charles Matthews have mostly led the way for the Wolverines. That was most evident in Michigan’s 87-42 drubbing of UC-Riverside.
For the time being, the starting point guard spot is Eli Brooks’ to lose.
The Wolverines (5-1) got the sand out of their shoes in time to topple the Rams, 68-60, to leave Maui with some semblance of a resume-enhancing victory.
Matthews led the Michigan men’s basketball team (4-1) to a dominant dispatching of Chaminade (2-2), 102 to 64, in the first consolation round of the Maui Invitational.
Matthews left the first free throw short. He hit the second one, but after the Tigers inbounded and made a free throw of their own, the Wolverines couldn’t hit a desperation shot, and they fell, 77-75.
After a lackluster 10-for-34 showing from beyond the arc against Central Michigan, the Wolverines followed it up with another pedestrian 8-of-23 performance Thursday.
After trailing at the half, the Wolverines used a 21-1 run during the second half to dispatch the Golden Eagles, 61-47, at Crisler Center on Thursday night.
Though Southern Mississippi has won just 20 games in three seasons, the Golden Eagles provide some things that Michigan hasn’t seen to this point.
The Wolverines’ slow starts shouldn’t be a cause for concern and – to an extent – are understandable.
It was a plea for the sophomore guard to be more aggressive offensively — to make plays and take his shots when they’re there. Monday, against Central Michigan, Simpson heeded his coach’s advice.