If a hangover from last week's loss to Northwestern was to be expected Sunday night, Michigan showed no signs of it. In fact, the Wolverines appeared to have a complete memory wipe of the loss and its struggles on the road as it absolutely demolished Nebraska 93-57 on Sunday night.
Aided by a fast start and, per usual, the play of Derrick Walton Jr., the Wolverines were able to finish the regular season strong by cruising through the second half.
The team that showed up Sunday night is what's encouraging -- as well as infuriating -- about U-M as it heads into postseason play. With the NCAA Tournament on the horizon, now would be the best time than any to get hot and find the groove. On top of playing well, shooting over 60 percent from the field for the fourth time this season helps, too.
U-M finished the first half shooting over 50% from the three-point line as well as shooting 59% from the field. Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman and Zak Irvin both finished the first half scoring double-digits. For Irvin, it'll be the fifth game he's scored in double-digits in the previous six. All positive signs.
In his last ride of the regular season, Walton wanted to end things on a high note. He did so by rewriting the record books for most assists in a single game in school history with 16, eclipsing the previous record holder Gary Grant. Not to be outdone, Walton also added 18 points on the night as well.
The Wolverines had five starters in double-digits scoring (Moe Wagner 11, Abdur Rahkman 13, Irvin 15, Walton 18 and Duncan Robinson with 10.)
U-M finished the night shooting 63% from the field and 52% from the three-point line.
With the regular season over, the Wolverines have secured the seventh seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will face Illinois on Thursday.