In No. 7 Michigan’s last week against exclusively bottom-half Big Ten opponents, it took care of business. Not with the flashy 3-point shooting it had shown the prior four games, but with its typical identity: driving layups and dominant post play.
It out-rebounding Wisconsin and Purdue by 34, scored 100 of its 152 points in the paint, averaged 20.5 second-chance points, and scored a total of 45 points just from post-up offense.
Against the smaller Badgers and Boilermakers, the post-led offense dominated, winning the games 83-49 and 79-66, respectively.
“We knew coming into the game that (the post) was where we were gonna have an advantage,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “So that was obviously a focus for us, they drew double-teams, triple-teams. … I think that’s what’s great about our team is our balanced attack. If they want to send two or three people at Naz, we have other people that can make plays.”