Friday, January 10, 2020

Michigan Friday: Needs Livers

This is a unique Michigan Basketball team, we thought they would likely be an average Big 10 team and then had a great weekend in the Bahamas and jumped into the top 5 in the nation and the only team to beat the #1 team in the nation (currently).  

Now their top shooter Isaiah Livers is hurt and Michigan is struggling to find any outside shooting.   Eli Brooks has again found his mid-season slump and shot 3 three pointers and 2 free throws that was no where near going in.  Wagner had 15 points with a nice 3 pointer in OT but he is much too quiet on the court and sometimes just lost on offense.

Teske again got their opponents center's best game and guy named Trevion Williams went for 36 against him and threw up any kind of shot that went in.  He even hit a Harden like 3 pointer which was his 2nd 3 pointer of the season.  Williams did miss the most important shot of the game when he had an uncontested layup to win the game in regulation and shot it with T-Rex arms.   Teske had 18 points and probably played the most minutes of his life last night.

The hero was Simpson who went 9-13 from the field with 22 points and was killing the Boilermakers with his dribble drives.  He kept the Wolverines in the game, when it was clear the team was looking for answers on offense.  His senior leadership was the difference and the reason the Wolverines snuck out a win in double OT.

Another issue is that Michigan left 9 points at the free throw line going 15-24.  Michigan will need to find some outside shooting as they travel to The Barn in Minneapolis on Sunday.   Lets hope that groin heals quickly.

  • Tru Wilson will look to grad transfer to another school and spend one more season playing football.  He is now in the transfer portal.  He has a nice story as a former Michigan walk-on.  Michigan's RB depth is in very good shape next season. 

  • If you missed it JKP is also in the portal.  Injuries and depth chart, hurt his chances to get on the field outside of special teams. 

  • 16 of the 30 players in the 2017 class have now left the program (2 are to the NFL)

1 comment:

Go Blue Al said...

We really need Livers to get healthy! They need to wait til he is 100% though. I am afraid if he comes back too early this groin issue could cost him March Madness.