Michigan fought back from a 19-point first half deficit, but a last second three-pointer came up short as Arkansas held on for the 66-64 win.
The Arkansas Razorbacks blitzed the the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon, jumping out to a 19-point lead just ten minutes into the first half. But the No. 20-ranked team in the country would battle back in the second half to cut the Razorback lead to two points at the under four timeout. In a game where Michigan never led, a last second three-point attempt from Michigan would go in-and-out as Arkansas held on for the 66-64 win.
Michigan utilized a zone press and zone half-court defense to stifle Arkansas down the stretch. On offense, Zach Novak played a huge part in the Wolverines' comeback effort, drilling five of seven attempts from behind the arc and finishing with 17 points. Novak was also active on the glass, grabbing nine boards. Jordan Morgan led the effort on the inside with 16 points.
Freshman B.J. Young led the Razorbacks with 15 points, but it was a pretty pick-and-roll from the top of the key that provided a clutch bucket for Arkansas. With the lead cut to two, Young hit Hunter Mickelson rolling down the middle of the lane for the Razorbacks' first field goal in six minutes and extended the lead back to four with thirty seconds to play.
Michigan would cut it right back to a two-point game on Trey Burke drive. Arkansas then missed the front-end of back-to-back one-and-ones, giving the Wolverines a chance to win it at the buzzer. But a three-point attempt from Burke would go halfway down before popping out, giving Mike Anderson's club a big non-conference win.