No.3 Michigan back home after layoff, faces surging Rutgers




Michigan's basketball team didn't allow a layoff of more than three weeks to deter it from a big road victory.

The No. 3 Wolverines will now play their first home game in nearly a month when Rutgers visits Ann Arbor, Mich., on Thursday.

COVID-19 issues at the University of Michigan forced a long pause in Michigan's stellar season. The Wolverines returned to action against 21st-ranked Wisconsin on Sunday and won 67-59.

"We kept it simple. Simple plays, limiting our mistakes, (taking care of) the basketball. Yes, it was a pause, we couldn't do anything about it," Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. "We had to control the controllable, and that's us. And I'm impressed with how our guys responded after the (pause). ... It says a lot about the character of this group."

Michigan started slowly but outscored the Badgers 40-20 after halftime.

"Our team was down by 12, so we got punched in the mouth first," Howard said. "In the second half, as we talked about at halftime, we needed to change our defensive disposition."

Forward Isaiah Livers picked up where he left off, scoring a team-high 20 points. He's reached the 20-point mark in three consecutive games and has made 11 of his last 18 3-point attempts.

Freshman big man Hunter Dickinson seemed to benefit from the layoff. He dominated inside, powering for 11 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. In his previous three games, Dickinson failed to reach double digits in scoring and didn't grab more than six rebounds.

"He's growing and getting better and better, game-by-game," Howard said. "He was extremely effective on the glass, offensively and defensively. To be able to get us second-chance opportunities was huge."

Michigan (14-1), which sits atop the Big Ten standings with a 9-1 conference record, hasn't played at home since defeating Maryland on Jan. 19.

Rutgers (12-7, 8-7) has been one of the hotter teams in the league, winning five of its last six games. The Scarlet Knights defeated Northwestern, 64-50, on Saturday with suffocating defense. They limited the Wildcats to 32.7 percent shooting and controlled the boards, 43-31.

"We were locked in," coach Steve Pikiell said. "It was a really good basketball game. Our defense was really, really good and they're a good offensive team. I loved the fact that we out-rebounded them and we got contributions from everybody.

"Our bench gave us great energy and everyone chipped in here, which was important," Pikiell added. "Every game in this league is a war and this one was no different."

Rutgers will seek its first victory over the Wolverines. Michigan holds a 13-0 lead in the all-time series.

"Another thing we've never done," Pikiell said. "It would be great for our guys but the task is hard and we're going to have to play really good basketball."

A win over a Top 10 team would do wonders for the team's NCAA Tournament resume.

"They're arguably the No. 1 team in the country," Pikiell said. "One of the coaches in our league said this is a national championship-caliber team."

--Field Level Media

COMMENTS

More Related News

U.S. COVID cases march higher, hospitalizations up for second week in a row
U.S. COVID cases march higher, hospitalizations up for second week in a row
  • US
  • 2021-04-12 22:34:42Z

In the week ended April 11, Michigan reported the highest number of new cases per capita of all 50 states and also led the country in hospitalizations per...

CDC chief urges Michigan to
CDC chief urges Michigan to 'close things down' amid spike

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that Michigan should "close things down" to help address the country's worst...

More therapeutics but no surge in vaccine for Michigan, Biden administration says
More therapeutics but no surge in vaccine for Michigan, Biden administration says
  • US
  • 2021-04-12 15:44:51Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The White House said on Monday it was prepared to send additional therapeutic treatments to the state of Michigan, which is...

An Unconstitutional Local Tax Grab
An Unconstitutional Local Tax Grab

What's a city official to do when a pandemic slams tax revenue? In our home states of Michigan and Ohio, state and local leaders have an odd - and...

Michigan
Michigan's Virus Cases Are Out of Control, Putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a Bind

Nowhere in America is the coronavirus pandemic more out of control than in Michigan. Outbreaks are ripping through workplaces, restaurants, churches and...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • Ilhaoy
    (2021-03-11 21:05:42Z)

    buy tadalafil pills - tadalafil generic liquid tadalafil http://tadalafiltbs.com/

    REPLY
  • Mtzcvi
    (2021-03-17 00:08:24Z)

    Arlogy - http://virviaga.com/ sildenafil price cvs

    REPLY
  • Mqwvfi
    (2021-03-17 03:01:22Z)

    Eynkxq - Buy viagra without rx over the counter viagra

    REPLY
  • Lfotba
    (2021-03-24 11:07:07Z)

    Jliwrc - viagra cialis Rgmpnh fmcctc

    REPLY
  • Eabxaz
    (2021-03-26 12:27:20Z)

    Lrvthf - best erectile dysfunction pills Yqyodz resvwt

    REPLY
  • Wyfovf
    (2021-03-29 02:00:11Z)

    Lixjpc - buy sildenafil online cheap Sajtwx emqcki

    REPLY
  • Dwaova
    (2021-03-30 13:27:33Z)

    Ypqbgh - pay someone to do math homework Gaxcch dvucnw

    REPLY
  • Rmzgob
    (2021-04-01 07:04:00Z)

    Qtihnz - cost of 100mg sildenafil Jatmdh hpbqvt

    REPLY
  • Imvkar
    (2021-04-02 10:45:46Z)

    Unvtbx - good personal statement Chhmxo vberar

    REPLY
  • Emxltk
    (2021-04-03 21:16:36Z)

    Eeaphi - finasteride 5mg price uk Fzgvjm uipvcp

    REPLY
  • Aiihhk
    (2021-04-06 11:11:43Z)

    Hmyccy - generic finasteride 1mg price Qzlmhj jbiupe

    REPLY
  • Iagqje
    (2021-04-08 01:04:54Z)

    Dckiru - hire essay writer Gtgfdg eevniy

    REPLY
  • Ptdulw
    (2021-04-09 18:29:48Z)

    Uqwisx - sildenafil citrate online Jenrcy eiarxb

    REPLY
  • Sfkour
    (2021-04-11 01:10:12Z)

    Rvsbgp - algebra 1 help Nnntsi lqxcqv

    REPLY
  • Oqzwwl
    (2021-04-13 00:21:45Z)

    Uwsakv - lasix dosage Lhnaht wpfwtj

    REPLY

Top News: Basketball