Gut reactions to another bad loss for Michigan basketball

It's hard to find any positives with the Michigan basketball program right now.

Dec 29, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Michigan Wolverines forward Olivier Nkamhoua (13) is
Dec 29, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Olivier Nkamhoua (13) is / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Final Score . 76. 485. Final. 87. 2484

I don't even know what to say about Michigan basketball at this point, other than watching this team make the same mistakes is getting old.

For the third straight season, Michigan basketball lost a post-Christmas buy game and it really wasn't that close. McNeese State, a team that is ranked in the top 100 of the Kenpom rankings didn't trail once in what ended up as a double-digit win for the Cowboys in Ann Arbor.

It's the second time this season Michigan basketball has dropped a home game against a low-major team and the performance, at least in terms of effort and intensity, left a lot to be desired.

Michigan basketball turned the ball over 14 times compared to just four for the Cowboys. McNeese State does a good job on defense, but Michigan basketball made just nine 2-point attempts. The Wolverines made 13 3-pointers, but the defense and interior offense was so bad it didn't matter.

What's striking is that McNeese State grabbed more offensive rebounds than U-M and outrebounded the Wolverines. I don't know how you explain it. We have talked about rock bottom under Juwan Howard and this certainly feels like it after another ugly home loss.

Michigan was favored by nine points and lost by double digits.

Here are the gut reactions.

Gut reactions to Michigan basketball loss to McNeese State

*At this point, you have to be alarmed about the play of Michigan basketball.

*It's baffling that McNeese State attempted twice as many 2-pointers as Michigan. It's a reflection of bad defense, as well as bad offense.

*This is a bad basketball team, no matter how you slice it.

*This can't be allowed to go on for another season. Juwan needs to turn it around or Warde simply has to make a move. This is three seasons in a row where the team hasn't or isn't meeting expectations. That has to be on the coaching staff at some point.

*I've back Juwan through it all, but this is extremely hard to watch.

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