The Michigan Wolverines are just two seasons removed from competing for a National Championship. When you hear that and then evaluate where they are now, it’s safe to say they’ve fallen off a bit.
This season has been one of disappointments in Ann Arbor. Entering the preseason ranked in the top 25, there were expectations that this team would be one to compete in not only the B1G, but also be a team stout enough to play with anyone in the country. However, 11 losses later, including disheartening losses to NJIT, Eastern Michigan and Purdue, it appears as though new expectations are needed.
Michigan’s season has been riddled by injuries and illnesses. Currently, point guard Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle and Zak Irvin are all battling illnesses that have prevented them from playing their normal minutes or at all.
On Saturday night, Michigan’s star guard, Caris LeVert, went down to the floor with some kind of a lower leg injury. It was reported after the game that LeVert was seen leaving the arena on crutches. Though the extent of the injury is currently unknown, it is still troublesome for the Wolverines nonetheless, as LeVert was one of the only players with big game experience in the B1G.
After the game, head coach John Beilein said of LeVert, “he may done something, sprained his ankle or something – we don’t know…We’re having him looked at right now.”
No matter how significant the injury is, having LeVert off of the floor for anything more than a water break is going to drastically reduce Michigan’s efficiency on the floor. Given that LeVert had foot surgery this past summer, red flags are going up all around Ann Arbor.
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