TUCSON, Ariz. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team could not slow down Arizona (No. 3 AP, No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) and its high-powered offense, and fell, 80-53, on Saturday evening (Dec. 13) inside the McKale Center. The Wildcats shot 32-of-55 (58.2 percent) from the floor on the night, and outscored the Wolverines, 42-16, in the paint.
Zak Irvin was Michigan's only double-digit scorer, with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting. His classmate Derrick Walton Jr. finished with seven points and five assists, and Caris LeVert posted eight points. Freshmen Ricky Doyle and Kameron Chatman scored eight points apiece for the Wolverines.
Michigan shot 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) in the first half and knocked down 4-of-12 attempts (33.3 percent) from three. The Wildcats went 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) from the floor before halftime and made 2-of-8 (25 percent) from long distance. Arizona outscored the Wolverines in the paint, 20-4, in the first period.
John Beilein put the defeat, and those that preceded it, in perspective in this week's sit-down with Sam Webb.