This is quite possibly the hardest write-up I’ll have to do all season when it comes to this team. It’s a bit delayed due to the fact I didn’t want to overreact to what happened. So, let’s get to it.
The #4 Michigan Wolverines went into East Lansing last night and were throttled 75-52 by a fired up #8 Michigan State Spartans team that dominated the game from the very beginning.
The story of this game was very simple. Michigan State played their best game in recent memory, while the Wolverines played their worst. It’s becoming an alarming trend that Michigan is unable to come up with a win in these showdown games on the road.
The Spartans are a more physical, experienced team that seems primed for a deep tournament run. Tom Izzo had his guys ready to roll last night. I was far more impressed with them than I have been at all watching Indiana this year, who leads the Big Ten currently.
John Beilein’s team on the other hand looks soft and inexperienced. The lifeblood of this team is their freshman standouts. Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas disappeared over this gauntlet of a four game stretch and things need to improve if Michigan has hopes to win the Big Ten, let alone make a deep NCAA tournament run.
There was nothing at all that went right for the Wolverines last night. The biggest positive from the game was that was without a doubt the worst game Michigan could play and there is nowhere but up to go from here. Things will be much different when the Spartans come to Crisler.
Michigan gets a bit of a reprieve now. 2 of their next 3 games are against Penn State, the worst team in the conference. The other is a home tilt against the Illini.
Sunday’s game at home vs. Penn State tips off at noon on the Big Ten Network.