Michigan fell short at home on Tuesday night, suffering its third straight single-possession loss against Indiana.
It’s hard to sort out whether to be more disappointed with how poorly Michigan played over the totality of the 40 minutes, or with the fact that the Wolverines let another game slip away late. There’s plenty to nitpick in both cases.
It’s frustrating to lose a game, especially at home, when your opponent doesn’t play particularly well. Indiana made more plays down the stretch and clawed its way to victory, but this wasn’t some spectacular road performance by an Indiana team ready to make a run in the Big Ten. This was the sort of road performance that will lead to the Hoosiers losing more road games than they win in the Big Ten this year.
And yet, they stole this one in Ann Arbor.
That speaks to how poorly the Wolverines played, whether it was perimeter shooting, late-game foul shooting, or any sort of consistent defense. Michigan never trailed by more than seven points, but Michigan never strung together more than two or three good possessions in a row on the night.