With 9: 50 closing in the 2nd half of one thing incredibly uncommon fell into Michigan’s lap: an clear-nick replacement on offense. Frankie Collins caught a deflected pass, then lobbed it from Arizona’s three-point line downcourt to Hunter Dickinson at the half of circle. Dickinson, feeling the stress of a defender closing, went straight up for what looked treasure a gimme bucket…however the ball rolled throughout the entrance of the rim and out. That play captures how subtle the total lot hunted for Michigan on Sunday night in a xx-xx loss to the Arizona Wildcats.
MIchigan’s offense looked lost against the Wildcats, and what originally was helpside defense giving up about a clear-nick baskets modified into into every participant struggling defensively. About a takeaways from a game by which Michigan showed mighty to work on:
Arizona’s aggressiveness and dimension stopped Michigan from attending to the basket
It didn’t topic who the ballhandler was, Michigan would per chance maybe per chance also no longer accumulate previous Arizona’s defender tonight. Michigan is a ballscreen team and when Arizona trapped the ballhandler on displays the offense fell apart, as Michigan gave the impact unable to pass out of the trap. Arizona didn’t possess to appreciate Michigan’s three-point shooters (extra on that later) and have to double at any time when they wished to, and they used that luxurious to nice invent.
Hunter Dickinson drew doubles ceaselessly and accomplished with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Michigan’s most attention-grabbing varied participant to attain with double-digit points was Eli Brooks, who had 14 whereas going 5-of-9 from the ground.
One clarification out of doorways of defensive aggression is Arizona’s dimension. Their starting guards are 6’3″, 6’6″ and 6’7″, whereas their starting entrance court docket is 6’11”, 7’1″. Distinction that with Michigan’s starting guards’ heights of 6’1″ and their starting frontcourt heights of 6’8″ (x2) and 7’1″. It is miles rarely the one real real motive Arizona won, however that and Arizona’s bustle did appear to possess an impact on Michigan.
Michigan’s frosty-frigid three-point shooting is seeming less treasure an aberration
Michigan’s unhappy three-point shooting is a lingering scenario, and without it the Wolverines create no longer possess any varied possibility than to hit floaters or accumulate to the rim, and they couldn’t accumulate to the hoop thanks to the aforementioned stress from Arizona’s defense.
The Wolverines shot a woeful 7% on 1-of-14 shooting from in the support of the arc. Tonight’s performance drops Michigan to 28.3% three-point shooting on the season. As TMBR’s Daniel Speed mentioned in the game thread, Michigan did no longer possess a three-point topic purpose in the main half of against Seton Hall or Arizona. Final season the team shot 38.1% from deep; at this point it is clear the Wolverines desperately pass over the three-point shooting of Isaiah Livers (43.1% on 116 makes an try) and Franz Wagner (34.1% on 102 makes an try).
Unforced errors compounded issues
By my count there were no longer no longer up to seven turnovers caused by either communication issues or flat-out mistakes by the ballhandler of the fluctuate we haven’t considered yet this season; to illustrate, there are 5 turnovers labeled “tainted pass” in the legit box rating. In complete Michigan modified into the ball over 15 cases. Before tonight Michigan was averaging 13.3 turnovers per game after averaging 11.3 per game final season.
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