A big reason for Michigan’s defensive struggles, especially late in games, is youth. While youth has long-term advantages, the lack of experience has hurt the Wolverines late in games when trying to hold a narrow lead or close a slim deficit.
Though it is just over halfway through the season, the importance of Michigan (11-5 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) visiting College Park to take on the 9th-ranked Terrapins (14-1, 3-1) cannot be overstated. Just like last year, a positive result for the Wolverines could push them over the line come the end of the season
Despite being picked to finish third in the Big Ten in the coaches’ preseason vote, Michigan now sits in a three-team tie for sixth place through the first four games of conference play. One reason for its current record is because of trends like this one: One day the ball rolls the way of the Wolverines while the next day it goes the opposite direction.
In a game featuring so many ups and downs it felt more like a roller coaster ride than a basketball game, the Michigan women’s basketball team (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) defeated the Northwestern Wildcats (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten), 79-78, in overtime Tuesday night.
As the Michigan women’s basketball team was battling Purdue, a more personal bout was transpiring on the court between the Wolverines’ freshman point guard, Amy Dilk, and the Boilermakers’ sophomore point guard, Karissa McLaughlin.