Fresh off a surprise win over the Purdue Boilermakers the Michigan Wolverines traveled to Columbus, OH for a Tuesday night contest against the Buckeyes. Unfortunately for Michigan fans, the horrible camera angle provided by ESPN was not the worst part of the game.
The Wolverines basketball program could not secure what would have been a crucial victory over the Buckeyes. Michigan, without star guard Caris LeVert (again), seemed completely out of sorts throughout the entire game. A key aspect in Tuesday’s game was the Buckeye domination in the paint. Ohio State managed to score 38 of its 76 points in the paint against a flustered Michigan frontcourt.
While Michigan seemed to be in it throughout most of the game, it was the Buckeyes who truly held control for the entire contest. The Wolverines were just able to get into any sort of rhythm on offense and they may partially explain what some have referred to as a lackluster type effort displayed by the Wolverines.
Individually, some Wolverines were able to play well on offense, including Mark Donnal who had 17 points, Zak Irvin with 15 points, and Derrick Walton Jr. with 13 points for Michigan. Although these three players were able to display positive play on offense, the team itself could not even perform well with their “bread and butter”, the three point game. Michigan had an atrocious shooting night from deep, managing to make 5 of their 24 three point attempts.
The Wolverines now have brought in more doubts about the possibility of making it into the NCAA Tournament. As it stands, it looks like Michigan will need two more wins or one quality win to have a great chance at hearing their name called on selection Sunday. The Wolverines’ next contest will be a tough one as they travel to College Park to take on Maryland. Michigan’s final three games will be against Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Iowa, having to face the Badgers in Madison.