Michigan Basketball: Gut reactions from ugly loss to Arizona

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Michigan basketball never looked right in an ugly loss to Arizona Sunday night. Here are our gut reactions. 

The season opened with high hopes for Michigan basketball and while it’s way too early to discount this team, the Wolverines haven’t been who we expected through five games.

Michigan suffered its second loss of the season Sunday night against Arizona in the Roman Main Event tournament title game and there were problems everywhere.

The Wolverines couldn’t buy a bucket, especially from the perimeter, the defense was poor, there were also too many fouls and too many turnovers.

Michigan didn’t hit a 3-pointer until early in the second half when Brandon Johns finally connected after the team missed seven straight from beyond the arc.

Arizona is a big team with athleticism and shot-blocking ability. The Wildcats also double-teamed Dickinson quite frequently and Michigan couldn’t make them pay.

It was an ugly loss and there are more questions than answers facing Michigan basketball following its second loss in just six days.

Gut reactions from Michigan basketball’s loss to Arizona

  • This team had no business being ranked in the top five.
  • Michigan is better than it looks but it’s a work in progress.
  • Juwan has to figure out a rotation by the time Big Ten play starts.
  • Caleb Houstan looks bad. He’s got more airballs than 3-point makes in the last few games and that’s not a good sign. Michigan needs his shooting desperately.
  •  Even if Houstan does start hitting, there isn’t enough shooting.
  • Turnovers and fouls continue to haunt this team.
  • That was a butt-kicking. Plain and simple.
  • Go Blue