Michigan’s season is teetering on the brink. Two months ago, the Wolverines were ranked fourth in the country after cruising through the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Now they’ve lost four games in a row and seven of their last eight against high-major opponents. They are 2-6 in the Big Ten and conversations about NCAA Tournament seeding have shifted toward the effort required to make the NCAA Tournament.
The only way out of the hole is to win games and Michigan isn’t making that any easier on itself. Saturday’s home loss to Illinois felt like the bottom, but Monday’s press release proved otherwise.
There are games on the schedule left to win, starting Tuesday night in Lincoln, but at this point, it is fair to question whether the players in Michigan’s locker room still believe they can win those games. Here’s a look at what comes next for the Wolverines without Zavier Simpson and what his absence will mean on Tuesday night.