Michigan loses to State 54-42

Michigan St Michigan BasketballMichigan lost to Michigan State 54-42. The first half of this game was a 15 point, 6 field goal, 3 assist debacle for Michigan. The fact that they were only down 8 points was shocking.

In the second half DeShawn Sims and Zack Novak sparked a Michigan run that would eventually pull the Wolverines within 4 points. About six minutes into the half Novak drilled a triple. On the next possession Novak missed a three got his own rebound and feed Sims for lay up. Then Novak executed a nice bounce pass to Sims for another lay up. Novak found Sims again for another bucket. After a CJ Lee triple Sims scored and then drew a charge on the other end of the court. Moments later Manny Harris hit a triple to pull Michigan within 5 with a little over 6 minutes left in the game.

Michigan was unable to convert on a couple of opportunities that would have pulled them within 2 or 3 points and Michigan State made the plays they had to down the stretch to pick up their 6th road win in conference play.

Manny Harris was rendered ineffective by Travis Walton. DeShawn Sims scored 18 points on 9-14 shooting. Zack Novak had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

This game was a chance for Michigan to take a big step forward and they came up short and will have a long 5 day wait before they play again at Northwestern. 

Inside the numbers: Michigan was 4-24 on three pointers. Michigan was held without a field goal for the final 5:30 of the first half and the final 4:47 of the second half. 

The road to 21 wins: There are 6 games left with 4 of those on the road, then the Big Ten Tournament. I realize 21 wins is not looking good, but my main concern now is getting enough wins to make the NCAA Tournament. The Northwestern game is pretty much a must win, they can’t afford to drop to 15-11 and 5-8 in the conference. 

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5 Responses to Michigan loses to State 54-42

  1. Joe says:

    You know, it’s amazing that with the talent Michigan has that we continue to keep up with teams like State and UConn. I can’t wait to get some more players to fit Beilein’s system. I’m not giving up on the season yet, we can still finish strong.

  2. 9er says:

    We have had so many of these first half debacles this year. It’s just too much to recover from against a quality opponent. The schedule does loosen up a bit now so we’ll see what happens but it’s looking bleak for this year.

  3. 8ball says:

    Granted I haven’t seen a lot of their games, but their shooting seems way to inconsistent and they are too careless with the basketball to compete at a high level. The fact that they are able to keep games close is a testament to coach Beilein and the attitude he has instilled in his players. There’s only one direction this program is going, at that’s back into national championship contention. It just ain’t going to happen this year.

  4. WOLVERINE says:

    *Joe*,

    MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY!!!! WE NEED MORE MICHIGAN BASKETBALL FANS LIKE YOU (AND OF COURSE, THE MODERATOR AND CREATER OF THIS VERY WEBSITE “ROB”)!!!! PEACE.

    –WOLVERIEN

  5. WOLVERINE says:

    correction:
    My username is obviously WOLVERINE, NOT WOLVERIEN!!!! Sorry about that.

    –WOLVERINE

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