How good is Michigan’s defense? That’s both the most important and most difficult question to answer about Juwan Howard’s team as March begins.
The Wolverines are ranked 28th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to Ken Pomeroy, but have allowed 1.03 points per possession in Big Ten games — third-worst in the conference.
Michigan had the best defense in the country over a seven-game stretch in February but was only ranked 110th in adjusted defensive efficiency during January. After allowing over 1.1 points per possession in back-to-back games against Wisconsin and Ohio State, those defensive questions have returned to the forefront.
What’s happening to Michigan’s defense, and what went wrong last week? Here’s a closer look at the stats, film, and trends.