Senior guard Stu Douglass said Arkansas' full-court, man-to-man pressure reminded him of AAU games. But, in a 66-64 loss, it wasn't just the Razorbacks' defense that looked like a lopsided AAU game. There was the run-and-gun, the sloppy fouls and the chucking of 3-point attempts.
And like many AAU games when people want to leave at halftime, the second half ended up being much more exciting than anticipated. The Wolverines clawed back from a 20-point deficit and made it a nail biter. But freshman point guard Trey Burke's desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer was no good, and Michigan's record still reflects no true road wins this season.
1. Player of the Game: Jordan Morgan.
The redshirt sophomore forward was 7-of-11 from the field for 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, while playing intelligently with three fouls. Morgan didn't play perfectlym and yes, there were other players who made huge plays down the stretch for Michigan, but this accolade just couldn’t go to any other Wolverine.
Senior guard Zack Novak scored 17 points, but he also had a technical foul in the second half and four turnovers. Burke led the charge in the second half, but he was 6-for-19 from the floor (1-for-6 from range), including several misses on drives and layups. Burke also didn’t score his first basket of the second half until more than 15 minutes had passed.