The No. 24 Michigan Wolverines played host to the Xavier Musketeers, but could not come away with a win. As a matter of fact, the Musketeers blew out the Wolverines, 86-70.
The trio of Trevon Bluiett, Jalen Reynolds and Remy Abell each scored 15 points for Xavier, who scored the first seven points and held a 45-36 lead at halftime. Myles Davis chipped in 14 points in the Musketeer victory.
In the first half, Michigan allowed the Musketeers to find the free throw line 17 times, which they connected on 15. Michigan's front court struggled with foul trouble all night.
"It's the technique of guarding in the post where we're putting our hands on people," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "We've got to break the habit, and maybe today was a great example of that."
In the second half, Michigan had their chances, but just never fully capitalized. Duncan Robinson knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to two points, but Abell followed with a three to kill the positive Wolverine energy.
"That just sort of told our team, hey, we're here to stay all the way through the end," Xavier coach Chris Mack said about the three from Abell, which he believes was the biggest of the game. "I think it told Michigan that, too. They knew that they were in for a game."
Caris LeVert recorded 29 points, three assists, seven rebounds and two steals for Michigan, but the players around him struggled. The second leading scorer was Robinson off the bench with nine points. LeVert was the only player for the Wolverines to score in double figures, which is a huge concern.
The most time given to a player off the bench for Michigan was Ricky Doyle with 22 minutes. The forward scored four points, while adding just one rebound. When he was on the court, the space seemed wasted.
James Farr was an unnoticed star as he chipped in 13 rebounds to help the Musketeers out-rebound the Wolverines, 47-29. He chipped in eight points, along with J.P. Macura, who also added eight and a huge three-pointer in the late stages.
"Along with the offensive rebounds, the 50-50 balls. We didn't get a lot of them, especially in the second half," LeVert said.
Xavier came away with a win in the first meeting between the two teams since the 1989 NCAA Tournament, which happened to be the year Michigan won the national title.
The Maize and Blue will head to the Bahamas to play Connecticut in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday. Xavier will head home to host Northern Kentucky on Monday night.