There was plenty that went wrong — and some that went right — Tuesday night before the controversy in the final 33 seconds washed it all away in a 61-58 loss to Ohio State.
Michigan shot 33 percent from the field, turned the ball over 12 times and allowed 23 points to Buckeyes center Kaleb Wesson. And so, as Juwan Howard approached the monitor near midcourt as the referees reviewed an unusual flagrant one call on point guard Zavier Simpson, he did so knowing the game might just hang in the balance.
“It should have never got to this point where we needed one stop, one possession to win a ballgame,” Howard said. “There were a lot of plays that we could have prevented from being in a situation like this.
“I gotta sit back and I gotta think about this loss. I gotta think about how we lost. And I’m also going to be putting together some solutions.”
Calls aside, here’s what Howard might conclude when he does so.