Michigan’s roller-coaster week ended with a thud on Sunday night. The Wolverines’ title celebration was sandwiched between two of their worst performances of the 2020-21 season.
A rematch with Michigan State was the ultimate letdown spot. Just over 72 hours after the Wolverines trounced the Spartans in Ann Arbor and celebrated a Big Ten crown, they had to face the same team again — a team playing for its postseason life.
Five minutes into the action, it turned into a disaster spot when Eli Brooks landed on Marcus Bingham’s ankle after making a jumper.
Brooks never returned, and no further update on his left ankle injury was provided, and Michigan’s early lead quickly evaporated. The Spartans methodically sucked the life out of the game, one Rocket Watts pull-up jumper at a time, and Michigan never seemed serious about a comeback until it was too late.
“You have to be ready to play from start to finish,” Juwan Howard said after the game.
Michigan was not.