Hanging with Purdue at Mackey Arena right now is nearly impossible, even for good teams, so asking Michigan basketball to play a competitive game on Tuesday night was a tall order, especially without starting point guard Dug McDaniel due to suspension.
The Wolverines shot just 34 percent from the field and had two players -- Jaelin Llewellyn and George Washington III who made at least half of their shots.
Purdue shot 52 percent from the field. The Boilermakers offense is elite and on Tuesday night, they made 66 percent from 3-point range (14-of-21) which is why they nearly scored 100 points in a 99-67 lopsided win over the Wolverines.
Michigan basketball is now 7-12 on the season. The Wolverines are also 2-6 in the Big Ten, which is last place. Here are the gut reactions to another difficult loss.
Gut reactions to Michigan basketball loss to Purdue
- One positive was that Llewellyn had a solid night for Michigan basketball. Not only did he make 3-of-6 from 3-point range, but Llewellyn finished 6-of-12 from the field with three assists compared to three turnovers. It wasn't enough to keep Michigan in the game, but could keep them competitive in other road games without Dug McDaniel.
- Llewellyn shot the ball well, but nobody else did. Nimari Burnett was 1-of-5 from 3-point range. The Wolverines as a team, outside of Llewellyn finished 6-of-23, which wasn't nearly good enough to pull off an upset or even come close.
- Turnovers weren't a huge issue. Michigan had just six, another positive.
- This season feels like it did for the 2014 Michigan football team. If this isn't rock bottom, I don't want to see what that looks like.
- I'm still not certain Juwan Howard is fired.
- Go Blue!