Michigan lost its first game at Crisler Center since Jan. 9, 2018 on Sunday afternoon. The 77-70 loss to Michigan State featured offensive highlights, offensive lowlights and quite a few defensive miscues. Here are five takeaways from the loss.
Offensive difficulties doom Wolverines
When Ignas Brazdeikis slammed a baseline dunk in the second half to give the Wolverines their largest lead of the game — six points — everything was going right for Michigan. Tom Izzo was forced to call timeout as the crowd at Crisler was as loud as it got all day and the Wolverines were rolling.
Out of that timeout, Michigan’s offense couldn’t buy a shot. Four minutes later, at the under-12 media timeout, the Wolverines hadn’t scored a single point since the dunk.
“We weren’t getting a lot of good shots,” said Jon Teske. “They were taking away a lot of good shot selections, so just give a lot of credit to their defense. We weren’t able to get open as we’d like to, so they shut down a lot of good stuff, too.”