Michigan Basketball: Week Two In Review

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After racing to a 2-0 start, the Michigan basketball team has dropped two of their past three games and face a lot of questions about where this team is now, and where it could end up.

Michigan basketball began its second week of the 2021 season with a disappointing home loss to Seton Hall by a score of 67-65.

After a few days off to get back on track, the Wolverines traveled to Las Vegas for the Roman Main Event where they squared off against UNLV, winning 74-61 in a nice bounce-back game.

Then it all came crashing down again as Juwan Howard’s young squad got thoroughly dominated from the opening tip to the final whistle, falling to the Arizona Wildcats 80-62.

To this point, Michigan basketball is struggling to play complementary team basketball and seems disjointed on both ends of the court at times.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier as North Carolina, San Diego State, and two conference matchups with Nebraska and Minnesota await over the next couple of weeks.

The Wolverines have a lot to figure out and little time to do it — having said that, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of this past week for Michigan basketball.

Each week in this space we will showcase the Team MVP, the Freshman of the Week, the Sixth Man of the Week, the Play of the Week, and finish up by discussing what the results could mean for the rest of the season moving forward.

Team MVP

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This week the MVP was Eli Brooks.

The senior guard averaged a team-high 17.7 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds and 2 assists.

He was the best player on the floor against UNLV and the only consistent offensive threat in the Arizona defeat.

At the same time, even the steady hand of Eli Brooks has shown some uncharacteristic tendencies with a couple of silly turnovers and decisions with both the ball in his hands or cutting without the ball.

Even “The Professor” is vulnerable to a few early-season mistakes.