DeShawn Sims was 3-14 from the floor, and had only 2 rebounds in Michigan's 66-51 loss to the Fighting Illini. Copperyale was the only player in double figures (20), and 7-26 from 3-point is not going to get in done on most nights for a John Beilein squad. Add in our inability to stop the biggest 7 foot dork in the Big Ten, and well, you find only disappointment. Box score here.
It's tough to break two decade-plus-long losing streaks in one year. We found a way to win at one Assembly Hall, but fell short at the other Assembly Hall in Champaign-Urbana. Would have been a huge win, but it's not exactly a backbreaking loss. We need to hold serve at home, and steal a couple on the road. Given their record of 15-2, splitting the home-at-home with Illinois is not the end of the world, especially playing them twice in just 10 days.
Yes, I have decided to make excuses for every loss...and praise with great optimism every win. That's what 2009 is all about.
Basketball against Ohio State...the return of the 1989 National Champions at halftime...and a chance to see Coach Beilein's 500th win. Just your average Saturday in Ann Arbor. Coupled with Illinois beating Michigan State, it could be a banner day. See you at Crisler.
Go to bed.