For the second time in four days the Michigan Wolverines (6-3) were shockingly upset. This time it was Eastern Michigan (7-2) putting more negativity around Michigan athletics by defeating the Wolverines in a low-scoring affair, 45-42.
With all the bad things going on with the football team this year, fans are hoping this is not a sign of things to come for the basketball team. The loss puts them at 6-3 and wondering how they are going to rebound, considering a tough game at Arizona on Saturday is on the horizon.
Poor shooting from both beyond the arc and inside were the keys to this stunning defeat. In the first half there was a stretch where the Wolverines missed 12 straight shots. They finished the game only shooting 32% and just 19% from behind the arc. The starters were 10 of 34 shooting; that will not win you a game, no matter who you are playing. Scoring 42 points in a John Beilein system is unacceptable. “We didn’t have a lot of answers today,” Beilein said after the game. The Eagles did play good defense with running a 2-3 zone, but the Wolverine shooters just did not knock down shots. The Eagles also won the battle on the boards, grabbing nine offensive rebounds to Michigan’s two.
With under five minutes left, Michigan did take the lead 40-38 after a Zak Irvin three-pointer, but then they were outscored 7-2 down the stretch. Zak Irvin had a chance to tie the game but missed the last shot, a long three-point attempt off an inbounds pass from Spike Albrecht. It was a made three by Eastern Michigan’s Karrington Ward that put the Eagles on top for good.
Eastern Michigan Team Leaders…
Points: J. Price, 11
Rebounds: K. Ward, 7
Assists: M. Talley, 6
Michigan Team Leaders…
Points: C. LeVert & Z. Irvin, 10
Rebounds: D. Walton Jr, 6
Assists: D. Walton Jr., 5
Up next for the Wolverines: a game at Arizona this Saturday.
Chad Finley is a contributor for @TBHR. Follow him on Twitter @finfive1.