A month ago, Michigan responded to its first loss of the season with a dismal home effort against Minnesota. The Wolverines scored just 59 points in 64 possessions and allowed the Gophers to tie the game with a 10-0 run in the final five minutes. Charles Matthews helped Michigan escape with a buzzer-beater, but the performance wasn’t inspiring.
Michigan has never quite revved into full gear since that home performance. The Wolverines have handled have maintained, but haven’t been able to string together several strong performances in a row. With five games left in the regular season and three teams tied for first place, Michigan will need to play far better on the road tonight (7:00 p.m., ESPN) to walk out of Williams Arena with a win.