GRADES: Michigan basketball team looks average without its star player
Without Manny Harris in Purdue's 69-59 win over the Michigan basketball team, the Wolverines played, well, how many probably expected them to play. Average.
Offense: Michigan had to rely too much on DeShawn Sims to score points in the first half. While that’s good when he’s able to operate inside, Purdue clamped down on him and shut off the Wolverines for massive stretches. Michigan made a run late, but Purdue had pulled most of its starters by then. Considering the past two Big Ten games, though, the offense was improved even without Harris. Nine first-half turnovers was a killer, though. Grade: C-
Defense: Michigan was killed on the boards and let Purdue shoot 58.1 percent from the field in the first half. The Wolverines also blocked no shots and managed just two steals, their lowest total of the year. Giving up 43 points in the first half was a tough deficit to overcome and two runs where neither the offense nor the defense was working wasn’t pretty, either. Grade: C-
Coaching: With Manny Harris out, Michigan had a good plan early in getting the ball inside to DeShawn Sims. Much like a lot of other Big Ten games, the senior forward was dominant inside. The Wolverines, without Harris, also went back to some 1-3-1 defense early. Considering the last-minute decision to suspend Harris following Michigan’s final practice before Purdue, the Wolverines were well coached. Grade: B