After watching the Indiana game and now this game, it is becoming clear what is currently holding back this years team. We simply don't have an energy guy that will rally the team when things are not going our way. When teams are able to take away what Michigan wants to do, we seem to shut down and play with less energy. This is seen in the 50-50 balls and getting destroyed on the boards.
In the past it has been:
2010 - 2011: Zach Novak
2011 - 2012: Zach Novak
2012 - 2013: Trey Burke / Mitch McGary
2013 - 2014: No one with McGary injured
Until McGary returns, we are missing a spark plug to rally and bring energy to the whole team. When things get tough, this team tends to get soft. I've been waiting for Michigan to make a run this whole game, but have come to realize that it was never going to happen as we are currently missing the type of player to jump start the rally and get the whole team energized.
On the snowflake side: Irvin is showing more and more of his overall game and I am really enjoying it. By the end of the year, he will be Not Just a Shooter.