Rapid Reaction: Michigan escapes Penn State with a win, Jordan Poole stares

Basketball

Michigan (23-7) picked up a big 72-63 win on the road against Penn State (19-11) on Wednesday night.

Penn State needed the win to have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament, without winning the Big Ten Tournament. A win over Michigan would have given the Nittany Lions a chance going into their next game against Nebraska.

Michigan had a huge challenge in playing this Penn State team. In their last 8 games, the Nittany Lions have knocked off Ohio State twice and lost a road game to Purdue by 3. While it may not look it on paper, this was a big win for the Wolverines as it only bolsters their already impressive resume.

Slow start

For a team that averages under 10 turnovers per game, this Michigan team seems to come out sloppy a lot.

They had 5 turnovers and 5 points in the first 5 minutes of the game. Having the same number of turnovers as points is not a good look.

The Wolverines did slow down on the turnovers however, having only?7 total, after their initial 5.

Michigan defending Tony Carr

Zavier Simpson was tasked in the first half with guarding the leading scorer in the Big Ten, Tony Carr.

The Penn State guard is averaging 19.6 points per game, and Simpson shut him down in the first half. Carr was only 2-7 from the floor with 5 points.

In the second half, Tony Carr went Tony Carr.

He finished with 21 points (8-17) and?6 assists.

Jordan Poole embarrasses man, stares at camera

You may be asking, “Did this really deserve its own header and section?”

The answer is yes. Yes, it did.

Player of the Game – Moe Wagner

It seemed that whenever Penn State went on a big run, Wagner was there to shush the crowd.

The big man finished with 18 points,?8 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Michigan fans saw the Moe we always see. He was chirping, diving on the floor, and getting buckets.

Here is a link to the full boxscore.

The Wolverines take to the road for their next matchup against Maryland this Saturday at noon.

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