Last season, Michigan did not lose its first game until January or a second game until March. So far, results have been much tougher in the early going of the 2021-22 season.

After opening the year at No. 4 on the AP Poll, the Wolverines dropped their first game of the season in a hard-fought contest vs. Seton Hall. Now, Juwan Howard’s squad is on upset alert against unranked Arizona while facing an 8-point deficit at the break. Heading into the half, it was the Wildcats up by a score of 37-29.

Some of the struggles for Michigan come down to 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of action. Hunter Dickinson has also been held in check a bit with 4 points and 6 rebounds on 2-for-6 shooting.

Caleb Houstan is also 2-for-6 from the field – including 0-for-3 from deep – as Michigan finished 0-for-7 from 3-point range as a team. Eli Brooks led Michigan in first-half scoring with 7 points on 3-for-5 shooting.

On the other side of the ball, Arizona is not exactly lighting it up while shooting 46% from the floor and 2-for-13 from 3-point range. However, the Wildcats have taken care of the ball with 11 assists to just 3 turnovers in the first half. By contrast, Michigan had just 3 assists to 10 turnovers.

Christian Koloko has led Arizona with 8 points in the first half. He is shooting 4-for-7 from the field with 2 rebounds and 2 blocks.