The Wolverines can take a big step toward locking up an NCAA Tournament bid with a win in Madison.
The Wolverines’ bench success Wednesday took pressure off of Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr., who have sometimes been the Wolverines’ only reliable options with Caris LeVert out.
Abdur-Rahkman finished with 19 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists, leading Michigan from behind twice in a key win.
Michigan was able to hold out, despite multiple scoring droughts.
To secure a win on Wednesday, Michigan will have to hold in check the hero of last year’s game: senior guard Tre Demps.
The Wolverines’ defensive struggles have caught up with them.
Having lost three players to the NBA, Beilein and Michigan’s fan base recalibrated their vision for the future to center instead on LeVert and Albrecht. Once again, those expectations were shattered.
After a game-high 17-point performance in a losing effort Tuesday against Ohio State, Donnal had the game’s best mark again against No. 6 Maryland in another road loss.
Despite a late 3-pointer from redshirt sophomore guard Duncan Robinson, the Terrapins hung on and sealed an 86-82 victory from the free-throw line.
Donnal is averaging 10.2 points per game in Big Ten play this season and has embraced his role as a big man who can rebound, take charges and play defense, even against players who dwarf him in the low post.