Michigan Basketball: 3 takeaways from late loss to Seton Hall

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Brandon Johns is back to his old self

For years, Brandon Johns has been one of the more frustrating players on this Michigan basketball team and the frustration level is reaching new heights.

The guy is a senior and played well in the NCAA tournament with Isaiah Livers out. But he just can’t put it together. He’s 5 for 17 from the field so far this season and it’s looked ugly.

Seton Hall realized that Johns wasn’t an offensive threat and tried to get the ball in his hands. He made a drive late in the game and missed a bunny at the bucket. There’s just zero confidence. He looks afraid to shoot or pass — like he’s playing hot potato.

His defense and rebounding have been solid but with all of his physical talent, it’s frustrating that he’s still so inconsistent on offense.

And if he continues to struggle, Juwan will have no choice but to move him to the bench. He can be valuable against those bigger, stronger teams but not if he can’t score the ball.