Originally written on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 11/11/14
Detroit News Team PTS PPP FG FG% 2P 2P% 3P 3PT% FT FT% OR DR AST TO STL BLK PF MICH 71 1.15 25-49 51% 19-31 61% 6-18 33% 15-21 71% 7 22 15 10 9 1 15 ILL 58 0.94 21-51 41% 14-29 48% 7-22 32% 9-14 88% 8 20 7 13 3 4 16 Much of the discussion over the last two weeks has revolved around Michigan’s difficult schedule, tired legs, youth, and the proverbial freshman wall. But the problem was far more severe than any of those issues. The problem was confidence. Michigan reached No. 1 by playing a brand of basketball that was spirited and fun to watch; extra passes, open shots and easy dunks were the norm. Michigan took the floor with confidence every night, played its game, played it well, and eventually overwhelmed its opponents with its offensive efficiency. After opening February with three losses in four games, the Wolverines began to let doubt creep in.  Every movement offensively was calculated and every defensive rotation was just a second late. That doubt manifested itself ...
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