John Beilein records the convincing win of Michigan- 84-67 over North Carolina on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Crisler Center.
Nick Baumgardner, Freep
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In the biggest console home game in the recent memory, No. 7 Michigan fell by No. 11 North Carolina, 84-67, at the ACC / Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday at Crisler Center.
The Wolverines rejected a first half shot of 10 points in the blink of an eye and went into the break with a four-point leader.
The second half was all Michigan. The Wolverines opened a double leader. Then they push that that's up to 20.
North Carolina ran 11-0 and found himself still facing a 11 point deficit. And then Michigan responded, with a seven-speed spell.
Ignas Brazdeikis scored 24 high-game points, and Charles Matthew said 21 points for the Wolverines.
Three walking paths of winning Michigan at Ann Arbor:
Fly Spark Brazdeikis
Brazdeikis, a new leader, made the final presentation to almost two dozens of NBA scouts.
Brazdeikis raised an early booth and sat on the bench.
When he entered the game, Michigan was down eight. The offense needed life. And that's exactly what Brazdeikis provides.
With the blow clock turning down, he went in and scored as he fell. Then hit 3 on the next possession.
Michigan packed in the first half with 13 points, and finished with 24 on shooting 9-to-13.
Brazdeikis had a big game already at a national stage, when he scored 18 against Villanova. If people did not know their name thereafter, they should now.
North Carolina is one of the fastest teams in the nation. The Tar Heels opened their initial lead by going out at the break and scored before setting Michigan's defense.
The Wolverines were adapted.
And North Carolina did not answer.
After reaching 21 points and a 10-point lead with 12:47 in the first half, North Carolina scored 14 the rest of the half.
When the second half began, the Tar Heels was trying to find even a shot. The Wolverines did not allow them to go out transforming them and banned North Carolina half court crime.
Michigan's defense has been the best in the nation to date this season. He added another note on the belt by dismantling one of the most explosive and talented teams in the country.
Poole turns on
Sophomore Jordan Poole's garden has not had the best start to the season. He did not have a great start on Wednesday, either.
Poole scored 3 points on 1-to-5 shoot in the first half. He was losing a lay. He had 3 registers around the edge and came back. He lost one-a-one front.
The second half? A completely different story.
In the last 20 minutes, Poole illuminated, scoring 15 points to finish with 18 for the game. He made 4 out of 5 attempts of 3, including one in the left corner after a very small step. It was a striking bounce recovery after the first cold half.
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