When the Wolverines traveled to Illinois to play one of their remaining regular season games, the came out and obliterated Illinois. Friday, the Wolverines did the opposite, and almost lost in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
Michigan lead by 5 at the half, and it seemed as if it could have been smooth sailing from that point on, but that, again, was not the case.
Nik Stauskas was not the same player in Friday’s game, and it was very apparent. Michigan needed his production, but got very little of it, but enough to eventually win the game. He scored 19 points, but at times looked as if he wasn’t going to help out the Wolverines that much.
Jordan Morgan was strong, and played well, even with foul trouble, and Coach Beilien went to his senior for the game winning shot. With his team trailing by 1, 63-62, with 0:07 left, Morgan had the ball in his hand with a chance to seal it for Michigan. He hit a layup with 3.9 seconds remaining and left Illinois stunned, or so we were left to believe.
Jordan Morgan hitting the game winner 3/14/14 against Illinois (Photo Credit: @umichbball)
Illinois was inbounding the ball on the final possession of the game, and they found Tracy Abrams with just seconds left, and left him get to the rim, almost unguarded. Abrams missed the game’s final shot, a potential game winning lay-up, which fell just short of the rim.
Michigan advanced to the next round of the tournament, but barely. A win is a win, even if it was ugly. It’s a game that would have given the Wolverines a black eye, but they found their game, and walked out with a win.