With ‘Underhanded Move,’ Michigan Shifts Starting Lineups in Wake of Injuries

Clearing the deck. Moments after getting blown out by Michigan State in Ann Arbor, Michigan was forced to switch the starting lineups — as a result of injuries. After redshirt freshman guard Zavier Simpson was hurt in warmups, OG Anunoby, F Moritz Wagner and Moritz Wagner were all forced to miss the game. Moritz Wagner injured his ankle in pregame warmups and missed his sixth straight game, while OG Anunoby was also limited in practice with a calf injury. So, with 2:40 left in the first half and the Wolverines up 42-30, head coach John Beilein elected to go with David DeJulius and Charles Matthews at guard. That announcement predictably caused a stir among the fanbase, who felt Beilein was playing underhanded with his team, which is eager to get back into the national spotlight. Beilein confirmed the situation after the game.

Michigan went on to win by 13, 63-47. DeJulius finished with 12 points and Matthews, who was granted his green card a day before the game, poured in 16 points. Ohio State was led by seniors D’Angelo Russell and Musa Jallow, who each finished with 11 points, while forward Jae’Sean Tate did well in the post with 14 points and four rebounds.

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