Despite being hounded by Zavier Simpson, the sophomore guard, with ice in his veins, rose up over Michigan’s shorter senior point guard and drained the go-ahead jumper from the elbow with just .05 seconds on the clock.
Surviving in a cannibalistic conference without an integral piece is difficult, but that should have no correlation with energy, focus and defensive communication.
Coming up with the right ideas is one thing. Successfully putting them into motion is another. With March just five weeks away, Brooks knows Michigan must prioritize the latter.
Now that the problem has been diagnosed, it becomes a matter of how quickly the Wolverines can solve it. At this point, the direction of their season hinges on it.
The ball started in Lamar Stevens’ hands, as the Michigan men’s basketball team expected.
The senior forward has been a key cog of Penn State’s offense since he stepped foot on campus in 2016. So when the first possession of the Wolverines’ 72-63 loss to the Nittany Lions (14-5 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) ended with Stevens posting up, nobody was surprised.
Michigan meanwhile, is 0-4 away from Crisler Center. Its opponent on Wednesday night, Penn State, despite being 13-5 overall, is 0-3.
Those last two figures particularly, underscore the larger point: back home, the Wolverines need to win their next two games — the first, against the Nittany Lions and the second, against Illinois on Saturday.