Michigan was short four rotation players on Tuesday night, but its 75-67 loss at Rutgers continued a trend and wasn’t a COVID-19 induced disappointment. The Wolverines fell to 7-6 and haven’t shown the signs of progress that their youth promised after disappointing moments in November.
A late-game collapse and early blowout against a (very good) Arizona team were supposed to teach Michigan essential lessons about what it takes to win college basketball games against good teams. Instead, the Wolverines are still making the same mistakes.
Coaches and veterans can preach about what it takes to get over the hump and close out a game or how important it is to execute for forty minutes. But until a team actually does it, it is just shouting. Michigan hasn’t done it, and its last two performances feel further away from the end goal than where it was a month ago.