If you settle for jump shots against the Arizona Wildcats, you will have a hard time finding a way to win. This is exactly what the Michigan Wolverines did as they got blasted by the Wildcats 80-53 in Tucson, AZ. Michigan shot 35% from the floor, and a pathetic 26% from behind the ark. Caris LeVert struggled mightily as he only scored eight on the night. Zak Irvin shot poorly, until finally getting a couple to drop in the second half.
Michigan settled for jump shots throughout the contest, and missed eights straight field goals during a seven minute offensive drought in the first half. The Wolverines only trailed by 11 at the break, but were completely outplayed. When they came out of the locker room after halftime, nothing changed, as they were again held scoreless until 14:50 to go in the contest.
The Wildcats used their athleticism and size to keep Michigan outside of the painted area. The Wildcats shot an impressive 58% from the floor and tallied a number of highlight dunks.
To make things even worse, Rich Rodriguez and his Wildcat Football team were honored during halftime. Better days to come for the Wolverines…
Arizona Team Leaders…
Points: S. Johnson, 17
Rebounds: S. Johnson, 7
Assists: T. McConnell, 7
Michigan Team Leaders…
Points: Z. Irvin, 14
Rebounds: K. Chatman, 4
Assists: D. Walton Jr., 5
The Wolverines have now lost three straight, and will be looking to rebound and win their last two non-conference games before conference play. They will have a week off before they host SMU next Saturday at Crisler Center. Hopefully John Beilein can figure out something soon with his young team, or the Wolverines will be in for a long season.
Derek Devine is a contributor for The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @thederekdevine.