No. 1 Arizona Wins at Michigan, 72-70

By Vico on December 14, 2013 at 2:20p

The Arizona Wildcats assumed the title of no. 1 team in the country after Michigan State's loss to North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Coached by Sean Miller, a former Thad Matta assistant at Ohio State, the Wildcats erased an 11-point deficit to beat Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Wildcats had trailed almost the entire game.

Glenn Robinson III led Michigan with a game-high 20 points on 8/9 shooting. Arizona had four starters in double figures. Brandon Ashley led Arizona with a team-high 18 points.

The loss drops Michigan to a disappointing 6-4 in just ten games into the season. Losing to the likes of Duke and Arizona are understandable. Even the first loss to Iowa State is an understandable loss on the road to a quality team. However, that loss to Charlotte, also coached by a former Thad Matta assistant, makes Michigan's 6-4 record a little bit more curious right now for last season's national runner-up.


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TilstheHun3's picture

Missing Trey Burke much?

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Surprised it was that close.  Shocked really.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

BROSEPH's picture

Arizona is really good.  They have a great all around, balanced team.  Michigan is also pretty good, not top 10 good, but they could be REALLY dangerous if someone catches fire.  Stauskas and Levert played well.  .

Woodshed's picture

Mich is 6-4.
I don't think they are good.

BROSEPH's picture

Losing at Duke and at Iowa State doesn't make them a bad team, Cameron Indoor is hostile, and Iowa State is under the radar as being a great team.  Nor does losing to Arizona, who I believe is the best team in the country (that I've seen so far).  Ignoring the record, Michigan is definitely a good team, albeit young and susceptible to make mistakes.  I watched this game without scarlet and gray glasses on, but rather as a basketball coach.

Woodshed's picture

I don't think they are bad. I just don't think they are good.
Average IMO.

KBonay's picture

While I'm not in the business of defending Michigan, they have lost @ home to #1 AZ in a close game. @ Duke. @ Iowa State (who we know is tough). Now Charlotte is non excusable. But I wouldn't go as far to say they are bad. 

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I also am not in the business of defending dUMb but at least 2 of their losses were without their best player Mitch McGarity (or how ever you spell it #4)...

skid21's picture

We choking.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Wow...I turned it off, disgusted, figuring that TTUN was well on their way to an upset, and prepared for some chirping.

Class of 2010.

Brutus's picture

The irony is that a loss by Arizona could have propelled Ohio State to a #1 ranking in at least one of the polls, yet there I was, cheering wildly against TTUN.  This is just as well.  Ohio State doesn't need the target on their backs and I think they are ranked too high right now as it is.  Just keep flying under the radar and improving each week and good things will come.

Hovenaut's picture

I can't believe I'm forgoing a chance at schadenfreude.....have to give kudos to 'Zona and Sean Miller, that's a helluva win on the road against a tough (grrr) opponent. 

Deadly Nuts's picture

The Toledo Rockets improved to 9-0 today.


tennbuckeye19's picture

Sean Miller actually never coached under Thad @ OSU. He was Thad's top assistant @ Xavier and then took over when Thad came to OSU.

skid21's picture

It was his brother Archie, now the head guy at Dayton, who was Thad's assistant here.

southbay's picture

Saw the Wildcats against the Buckeyes at Staples last March, what a game that was.  That last second Q-bomb was electrifying.  Ok, there were a few seconds left.
Much like the Buckeyes, I believe Zona have everyone back except for a couple of starters, and they are well stocked with talented young guys.  Won't be easy to win a rematch if it happens next spring.

skid21's picture

Caption that photo "Whoa that scUM odor is the worst, now I see why they are considered the armpit of America."  OK, it's weak but I couldn't help myself.

bigbadbuck's picture


Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

An overhyped M*chigan team losing? This sounds familiar.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Sleepy's picture

Can an unranked team be overhyped?

Smanpoint10's picture

They started in the top ten

buckguyfan1's picture

I'm in the business of not defending them...  Suck it blue.

Iron_Buckeye's picture

Suck it meatchicken, suck it hard, suck it long!

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

D. Anthony's picture

The headline of this post needs to be corrected to "Michigan loses..."    
"Arizona wins", isn't as pleasing.

D. Anthony