Things get even worse for Michigan basketball

Olivier Nkamhoua one of Michigan basketball's best players will miss the rest of the season due to wrist surgery.
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It's been a rough season for the Michigan basketball team. That's putting it mildly. The Wolverines are 8-18 overall. They are also 3-12 in the Big Ten and sitting in last place.

It has been a stunning fall for a Michigan basketball program that made five consecutive Sweet 16 appearances not that long ago including in 2021 and 2022.

That seems like light years away now though. Michigan basketball has lost a bunch of close games this season and halftime leads. The bottom has fallen out and on Wednesday, things went from bad to worse for the Wolverines as Olivier Nkamhoua will miss the rest of the season due to wrist surgery.

Nkamhoua is the Wolverines' second-leading scorer at 14.8 points per game in addition to averaging 7.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks. The former Tennessee transfer has started every game this season for Michigan basketball, which now has a huge void in the lineup.

Nkamhoua also kept talking about how the season wasn't over until Michigan lost its last game. That's technically true but it's hard to have any faith in this team, especially now that Nkamhoua will miss the rest of the season, which will probably lead to Will Tschetter in the starting lineup.

The loss will be difficult to overcome since Nkamhoua has gone over 20 points four different times this season. He's also reached double figures in 21 of 25 games.

The Wolverines play at Northwestern on the road on Thursday night. They have five games left in the regular season, before at least one game in the Big Ten tournament.