For an afternoon, things felt alright in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines had their point guard in the lineup, with Juwan Howard’s Fab Five teammates looking on, and responded with their best performance in over a month.
It’s not much of a secret that this season has worn on everyone in and around the Crisler Center. The Wolverines had lost five in a row and 10 out of 13, and their star point guard can’t play on the road. At their best, they’ve proven competitive against anyone on the schedule, but their reality is their losing record.
But on Monday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Juwan Howard’s team played their A-game and knocked off their rivals. They made shots, got a few extra stops, and, most importantly, responded to adversity. Ohio State ran off a 16-0 second-half run to take the lead when Michigan went to its bench. Rather than fold, as they’ve done several times this year, Michigan responded and ended the game on a 13-4 run of its own.
It’s one game in a long season, but a cathartic result for a roster that needed and deserved it.