Saturday was a busy day in college basketball, especially for the local Detroit teams.
The first local game was held in Ann Arbor, where the Michigan Wolverines held off Arkansas with a final of 80-67. Leading the way for Michigan was freshman Glen Robinson III with 17 points. The other four starters for the maize and blue all in scored in double figures. The Razorbacks hung in there, playing well for a while. But late in the game, Michigan pulled away with the 13 point victory. Michigan moves to 9-0 for the first time since 1989, in which they won a national title.
The next game that took place was at Calihan Hall in Detroit, where the Detroit Mercy Titans defeated the Rochester College Warriors, 102-67. Ray McCallum lead the way as he had 24 points. Surprisingly though, freshman Anton Wilson contributed 14 points. The Titans will next play on Monday.
And last but not least, Michigan State beat Loyola 73-61. In a Horizon vs Big Ten matchup, the Spartans were down at halftime. However, Michigan State outscored Loyola 43-29 in the second half to come up with the victory. Gary Harris lead the Spartans with 20 points. Adrian Payne added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Keith Appling only had eight points in the contest.
Right now, the Michigan Wolverines are the best team in the state. But we will see how long that will last as we get closer to conference play. Let’s hope that all three make it back to the NCAA tournament.