Michigan basketball 2021 Michigan Basketball runs into a buzzsaw named Johnny Juzang
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Tue, 30 Mar 2021 20:00:00 -0700
It was not meant to be
Despite having a tremendous season Michigan Basketball ran into a buzzsaw named Johnny Juzang in the Elite Eight
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For those who chose to say up well into the night, you’re likely as tired and angry today as I am, but it will always be well worth it to see our beloved Michigan Basketball team, although they weren’t able to cut down the nets.
UCLA played a tremendous game and deserved to advance to the final four. This one ended with a final score of 51-49 Bruins.
Michigan Basketball struggled early and often in this one. It seemed the Wolverines were quickly frustrated by UCLA’s zone defense. Hunter Dickinson may have had the worst start to a game last night than he had all season long.
The 7-foot center couldn’t secure the basketball inside. He started the night with a couple of turnovers, an airball, and having a shot blocked by a far smaller Bruins’ defender. The first official timeout in this tournament comes after the first stoppage of play when the clock is under 16 minutes to-go.
At the time, the score was just 4-2 UCLA, but the extended timeout couldn’t have come at a better time for head coach Juwan Howard’s club. It allowed the Wolverines to take a deep breath and hit the reset button. Following the timeout, Dickinson found himself once again and started to eat inside against the much-smaller Bruins lineup, but unfortunately for Michigan, it wouldn’t last.
Overall, Michigan Basketball easily played their worst half of basketball in the tournament, maybe one of their worst halves in the entire season. That was the bad news. The good news, despite playing an atrocious half of basketball, the Wolverines were only down four points after the first 27-23. Franz Wagner, Eli Brooks, and Mike Smith shot a combined 3/12 in the first half. Ouch.
The spectacular guard finished the first half with 18 of the Bruins’ 27 points and finished the night with a game-high 28 points. The Wolverines did not have any answer for him in the first half, and late when it mattered most.
Juzang went 11/19 from the field, 4/5 from the free-throw line, and 2/5 from beyond the arc in 37 minutes of work.
Johnny Juzang was forced to leave the ball game early on in the second half with an ankle sprain that has lingered for quite some time. That’s when Michigan found a way to claw back into this one, enjoying an 8-0 run with the star sidelined for three minutes of action.
He’d return to the ball game after receiving some fresh tape.
Michigan Basketball didn’t get much help from Franz Wagner. Wagner picked the worst time of year to go cold. Wagner went a revolting 1/10 from the field and 0/2 from beyond the arc, totaling just four points. Insult to injury, Wagner shot an airball late for a win coming out of a Michigan timeout.
The Wolverines had two more opportunities to win or tie this game.
Mike Smith had to sprint the length of the court with six-seconds remaining down by two. Smith got a good look when he pulled up at the three-point line but missed the shot. The rebound was knocked out of bounds by UCLA, leaving half of a second on the clock.
Howard again chose to go with the ice-cold Wagner from beyond the arc on the catch and shoot for the win. Wagner got the shot off but was wide left off the glass.
Why didn’t Howard look to a hot outside shooter like Chaundee Brown or Eli Brooks cutting to the basket?
Of the three total three-point shots Michigan Basketball hit, Brown had two. Dickinson led the Wolverines with 11 points which basically tells you everything you need to know.
Next on the docket for the Bruins is a stellar Gonzaga Bulldogs team that has simply steamrolled each of their opponents’ insight by nearly 20 points. Thus far, the closest game for undefeated Gonzaga in the tournament has been a 16 point victory over Oklahoma.
The Bulldogs cruised through their Elite Eight contest blowing out the sixth-seeded USC Trojans to the tune of 85-66. This will be a tough task for UCLA, but stranger things have happened.
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Tue, 30 Mar 2021 20:00:00 -0700
Michigan basketball's season is over after a 51-49 loss to UCLA in the Elite Eight round of the 2021 NCAA tournament in Indianapolis
Michigan basketball’s season is over.
The Wolverines lost, 51-49, to UCLA in the Elite Eight at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
It was a heart-breaking loss for U-M, which had numerous chances to take the lead or tie the game in the final minutes — and seconds.
Michigan had the ball with 19.8 seconds left, down by one with a chance to take the lead.
Juwan Howard called timeout to draw up a play — but Franz Wagner shot an air-ball on a 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left.
Johnny Juzang made the front end of a one-and-one but missed the second.
That gave Michigan the ball with six seconds left and a chance to tie the game.
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Mike Smith raced up the court and got an open 3, but missed.
The ball was tapped out of bounds by UCLA.
The Wolverines found Wagner on the inbounds with 0.5 seconds remaining — but his 3 at the buzzer clanged off the backboard and rim, sealing Michigan’s fate.
Juzang carried the Bruins with 28 points.
The Wolverines, meanwhile, had one player reach double digits (Hunter Dickinson, with 11) and played one of their worst offensive games of the season.
Michigan simply did not make enough winning plays.
In the final four minutes, the Wolverines came up with empty trip after empty trip — with an array of devastating misses at the rim.
After Jules Bernard gave UCLA a one-point lead with 4:04 left, Michigan came up with stop after stop — but could not score.
The Wolverines came up empty on four consecutive trips before Juzang made a floater along the baseline to extend the lead to three.
Wagner drew a foul and hit two free throws to get it back to one before Jaime Jaquez Jr.
missed a 3.
That set up the frenetic finish.
Michigan’s offense struggled all night long, finishing 20-for-51 (39.2%) from the field with 14 turnovers.
The Wolverines missed layups, put-backs and 3s.
It simply wasn’t enough in a game where UCLA had the most talented shot-maker on the floor in Juzang.
Dickinson’s first two shots resulted in an airball and a block.
Then he turned it over twice.
That about summed up the first half for Michigan.
The Wolverines played as poorly as they have all tournament, making 10 of 25 shots and turning the ball over nine times in the first 20 minutes.
The offense struggled from the opening tip, as Dickinson could not establish himself down low and his teammates struggled to create any other consistent scoring.
Michigan’s defense held UCLA to a drought of over 6:30, allowing the Wolverines to goon a 9-0 run — but then a couple key mistakes got the Bruins right back in the game.
With the shot clock counting down, Chaundee Brown left Juzang to double center Cody Riley at the free-throw line.
Juzang knocked down the open 3.
On the ensuing possession, Brown helped off him again and Juzang hit another triple.
It was part of a personal 12-0 scoring run from Juzang that shifted the balance of the game into UCLA’s favor; he would finish the half with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
It didn’t matter that Juzang’s teammates made just three of their 18 shots in the first half, because Michigan’s offense was completely out of sync.
The exclamation point: With 1.2 seconds left, point guard Mike Smith was fouled on a layup — and the 82.1% free-throw shooter missed both attempts.
Michigan started the second half flat, too.
The Wolverines could not come up with enough key plays.
In one sequence, Franz Wagner missed a layup on an out-of-bounds set, and on the other end, Juzang drew a shooting foul and made all three free throws.
That stretched UCLA’s lead to nine — its largest of the night.
Led by Dickinson, who scored back-to-back baskets down low, Michigan embarked upon an 8-0 run.
But it took over four minutes, and the Wolverines still did not retake the lead despite UCLA six-plus minute stretch without scoring.
In yet another crucial sequence, a stop led to a missed 3 from Wagner, Riley scored over Dickinson, and then Dickinson picked up a foul on a moving screen.
Finally, Michigan took a one-point lead on a step-back 3-pointer from Mike Smith, his first made basket of the game, only for Tyger Campbell to score over Wagner.
On Michigan’s ensuing possession, Wagner traveled.
It summed up Michigan’s bad night.
And the Wolverines will now have a long time to think about what went wrong in their final game of the season.
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