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Michigan wins OT thriller over Minnesota

Michigan, Moe Wagner

Michigan (19-6) escaped Crisler Arena with a 76-73 overtime win over Minnesota (14-11) on Saturday afternoon.

Minnesota has really struggled as of late. After losing star Reggie Lynch to suspension, the Golden Gophers haven’t found a way to win games.

Michigan is coming off an 11-point win against Northwestern, and are looking to keep climbing up the rankings.

Here’s how it all went down and how the Wolverines inevitably escaped with a win.

Minnesota Backcourt

Minnesota guards Nate Mason and Isaiah Washington were huge problems for the Wolverines.

Defense wasn’t the problem against them. Sure, Michigan could have not let penetrate as easily, but that is much easier said than done.

Look at some of the shots freshman Isaiah Washington hit. Here he finishes over Duncan Robinson:

Here he gets the rebound and goes coast-to-coast for the and 1:

The two guards combined for 48 points.

Michigan zone

With about 10:00 left in the game, Michigan switched into a zone. Then Michigan found their way back into the game.

This probably comes from Minnesota’s isolation style of basketball that was being played. In the whole game, Minnesota only mustered up 6 assists.

Once Michigan got into their zone and stopped the Minnesota back court from penetrating, the game completely changed.

Free throws haunt Wolverines

Throughout this whole year, free throws have been a huge struggle for Michigan

A large part of this problem has been Charles Matthews. Considering that his whole game is predicated around getting to the bucket, free throws are an important part of Matthews’ impact on the game.

In regulation, Michigan shot 10 of 23, or 43.5 percent from the free throw line. For comparison, the Wolverines shot 44 percent from the field.

The Wolverines finished shooting 42.9 percent from the free throw line.

Player of the Game – Zavier Simpson

Despite his abysmal shooting from deep, 1 of 8, Zavier Simpson is still my player of the game.

Late in the game Simpson turned it on. The sophomore point guard had two huge buckets in overtime and played great at the end of regulation.

Here he swipes the ball from Isaiah Washington and finds Duncan Robinson for the dunk:

Quick Thoughts

  • Wagner looked a lot better than he did against Nebraska, who had a similar match-up on the big man.
  • Jordan Poole was held scoreless for the first time in the last 18 games
  • Minnesota and Michigan only combined for 12 turnovers.

 

Here is a link to the full box score.

 

The Wolverines will face off against Northwestern for the 2nd time this year on Tuesday the 6th at 7:00 pm

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