Michigan needed a fierce rally against Florida State Friday to force overtime before prevailing, and the Wolverines dug themselves another deep hole against Charlotte Sunday night. This time, Michigan wouldn’t be so fortunate.
The Wolverines erased a 10-point second half deficit and tied Charlotte with :08 left on a layup by Mitch McGary. But Terrence Williams of Charlotte missed a layup, then rebounded his own miss and put it back for the game-winning points with less than a second left and the 49ers stunned Michigan, 63-61.
Michigan, which lost two starters from last year’s team that went to the title game, struggled from the field again (31 percent) and other than Nik Stauskas (20 points), struggled to find offense. Glenn Robinson, who entered the season as one of the top players in the Big Ten, had another terrible game, missing all three of his shots and finished with just four free throws. The key for Michigan if it intends to compete with Ohio State and Michigan State for the league title, will be integrating Robinson into the offense. He looks lost without Trey Burke.