When Zavier Simpson checked out of the game at about the three-minute mark, the crowd that filled Crisler Center on a sub-zero night rose to their feet and chanted his name.
The junior guard — long known for the impact he has on Michigan’s performance that doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet — became the sixth player in the Wolverines’ history to earn a triple-double. Simpson finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
“He’s a tremendous, tremendous player,” said Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann after his Buckeyes lost, 65-49, in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night. “He really is. He deserves a lot of credit for how he impacts winning. I think he just really impacts winning in a lot of ways, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”
And in his 100th consecutive game, against his home state’s team that he grew up rooting for, Simpson finally got a stat-sheet reward for the work he puts into Michigan basketball.