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After dropping a 75-62 game at home to the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, many people are a bit concerned about Michigan heading into the final month of the regular season. At 18-7, there is not a lot of fear that they won't make the NCAA tournament. However, after losing 3 of their last 5 games (all by double-digits), there are certainly some doubts surrounding the tournament runner-ups from a season ago.
Not a lot of people play one day fantasy leagues at the college level, but those who do will be quick to point out that Michigan lacks that true superstar this season. When the going gets tough, Michigan really does not have a player to turn to. Many people thought that Mitch McGary or Glenn Robinson III would take on that leadership role, but the 1st guy is injured and the 2nd guy is playing passively. Nick Stauskas has been their best player, but he has struggled recently. Caris LeVert has talent, but he does not seem to be assertive enough to take over games when it matters most.
The Big Ten has seen quite a few road wins compared to the past few years. Maybe some people are getting a little bit too concerned about a good Wisconsin team coming into the Crisler Center and picking up a victory. The same can be said for those losses to Indiana and Iowa. However, the Wolverines could quickly go from being a legitimate Big Ten contender to just an average team with an average seed in the NCAA tournament in less than 4 weeks. They will need to Commit to the defensive end of the floor in a hurry, as they have rival Michigan State on the road this Sunday. Things get a little easier for them schedule wise after that, but a statement win on the road against the Spartans would certainly be exactly what this team needs to get back to where they were at the beginning of the season. Even without a true star, they could collectively start playing better together.