Michigan Basketball: 3 things we learned in big win vs SDSU

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The Michigan basketball team defeated the San Diego State Aztecs in thrilling fashion 72-58 putting on a defensive clinic in Crisler Center. The Wolverines improve to 5-3 after dropping their last two of three.

Today, we saw a Wolverines team that we have yet to see all season. The Wolverines came out strong and finished strong even in a tight game. We saw a lot of passion and grit from the Wolverines specifically from players like Frankie Collins and Caleb Houstan.

Michigan shot just over 50% from the arch which is a season-best. The Wolverines the last few games have struggled immensely from deep this season which proved to be a costly failure resulting in losses to Seton Hall, Arizona, and North Carolina.

These are some things that we learned in a fantastic showcase from the Wolverines early this afternoon.

1. Michigan basketball’s defense has awoken

Michigan basketball played its best defensive game this year so far with absolute domination. Michigan playing a full-court press proved to be too much for the Aztecs to handle today. We finally saw the dominant defense that we knew the Wolverines were capable of.

There were multiple huge defensive stops behind the midcourt line by players like Frankie Collins, Terrance Williams, Caleb Houstan, and even big man Dickinson at points. But from here, where do the Wolverines go?

Clearly, this defense is effective, how effective it is against other teams is unclear but for now, we know that we have a defensive system that works against the lower-tier competition. I’d love to see this defense against a team like Illinois or Purdue.