INDIANOPOLIS – There has been one thing over the last month that seemed almost impossible for the Michigan men’s basketball team.
No, it wasn’t a win over the best teams and not even a win in tough road games, it was something easier.
The Wolverines failed to play two games in a row in which they looked like a good team.
After one of the best wins of the season last Sunday at the then issue of No. In Ohio, Michigan, the 23rd year had the opportunity to beat that trend in the Big Ten kick-off tournament against Indiana.
It even seemed like it was going to happen. In the second half, “Raamahi” led by 17 points.
But Michigan fell apart.
Wolverines (17-14 overall, Big Ten 11-10) moved on to Hoosiers (19-12, 10-11), 74-69, once again making sure they can’t build momentum and giving their future hopes of the NCAA tournament a hang in danger.
Although the Indians most likely needed a win to continue the season, it never came out. It was the Wolverines who looked like the part of the team that wanted it more. Their defense suppressed the Huziers’ attack, killing the paint and falling under every curtain. On the other hand, Michigan had another bad game because of the arc – shooting 2 to 11 in the first half – but it didn’t matter much. In the first half, “Raamahi” was ahead of Indiana by seven, including five offensive rebounds. Perhaps even more impressive was Michigan’s ability to make 13 throws on the line and realize 11 of them. It all ended in a comfortable lead for Wolverine at the break, 41-28.
Michigan seemed to be in complete control. He dominated the Hoosiers on every level, and for a moment it seemed like he would run away with the game.
But poor shooting combined with awkward swords from Wolverine gave the Indians a way back into the game. The Husseins, who were out of the NCAA tournament, watched as of Thursday, took the opportunity to run to save their season. With the support of her overwhelming majority of supporters at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indiana has taken every ounce of momentum away from Michigan. The 17-point lead evaporated in minutes, and the Wolverines were forced to show they could strike.
Michigan fell apart almost as soon as it began to look comfortable. What looked easy at the beginning of the game has become almost impossible for a long time. The Hoosiers swallowed every shot Wolverine tried, they forced Michigan to take a tough stance.
The Raamahi looked scared like the shell of the team that played the first 30 minutes of the game, and Indiana finished the game 31-9.
When Michigan finally got a chance to secure its tournament fortune once and for all, it blew the 17-point lead and collapsed at goal. Wolverines will be forced to live life on the bubble a little longer.
And this bubble is shrinking.