There was an optimistic spin to Michigan’s 68-65 win over Purdue on Saturday, and, not surprisingly, Michigan coach Tommy Amaker trumpeted it. In his post-game press conference, Amaker appeared to be relatively pleased with his team’s effort, emphasizing Michigan’s resilience in a tight game. On a superficial level, he’s right – the Wolverines managed to gut out a crucial comeback victory against an opponent with nothing to lose.
But Amaker’s rosy outlook fails to account for the cold reality – the Wolverines were one bad bounce away from an embarrassing and crippling defeat in their Big Ten home opener. Although Michigan escaped with a skin-of-the-teeth victory, the team’s play raises serious questions about the Wolverines’ ability to compete for an NCAA Tournament berth in this year’s A