Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team bounced by Arizona
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer
LAS VEGAS — Christian Koloko’s mother flew from Cameroon to see her son play for Arizona for the first time. He didn’t disappoint, dominating at both ends.
His team looked pretty good, too, dominating No. 4 Michigan 80-62 Sunday night in the Roman Main Event.
Koloko finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, pointing to his mother after being presented the title belt as tournament MVP.
Michigan bounced back Friday from a two-point home loss to Seton Hall with a 13-point win over UNLV. But the Wolverines (4-2) couldn’t back it up on Sunday, struggling against Arizona’s length inside and quick hands in passing lanes — both of which led to transition opportunities for the Wildcats (5-0).
Michigan also couldn’t get anything to fall from the perimeter, shooting 1 of 14 from 3.
“They have a really good inside presence,” said Eli Brooks, who led the Wolverines with 14 points. “They have a lob threat and that second big is really active. They’re a really good team.”