Michigan’s first three games provided little challenge and proved little more than the fact that Michigan now has the athleticism to overwhelm weaker opposition. Wednesday’s 67-62 win over Pittsburgh was a reminder that this new-look team has toughness too. Pittsburgh trotted into Madison Square Garden with a bigger lineup and plenty of talent but Michigan took the Panthers’ best shot on the chin before regrouping and knocking off the Wildcats.
For the first time this season, John Beilein’s team played with its back to the wall and passed the test with flying colors. Four Wolverines reached double figures but those four were the only players to score during the second half. It was Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III that carried the bulk of the Michigan offense through the comeback effort as the duo made eight of Michigan’s 12 second half field goals and assisted on two others.
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