Michigan Basketball: 3 takeaways from a fatal loss to Indiana

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2. Michigan went ice cold when it mattered most

For the last five minutes of the contest, Michigan went scoreless. The lead was three and four points were enough to win it for the Hoosiers. On one of the possessions Terrance Williams tried to pass it inside to Hunter Dickinson and it was stolen away. Williams went back to the bench where he spent most of the second half because of his continuing inconsistent play.

The last series when Michigan had it was god-awful. Not getting the ball to Dickinson or getting a better shot off is a credit to Indiana’s defense, but also a knock on the execution. Kobe Bufkin should have just taken the shot and he could have been fouled in the process but decided to pass it up and force one from Jett Howard that had no chance.

It’s the same sad story of the season for Michigan basketball. Close, but no cigar. In all, it’s been a wasted year with an All-American returning, a borderline five-star prospect arriving and an ACL injury to its starting point guard. The Central Michigan loss at home really defines just how out of sorts this whole season has gone for such a thriving program.