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Michigan basketball's underrated key to success: One of the better defensive teams in NCAA

Just over a year ago, Michigan basketball learned what Trevion Williams could do.

On Jan. 9, 2020, at Crisler Center, the Purdue center scored a career-high 36 points on 15 of 27 shooting, adding 20 rebounds. Williams' Herculean effort nearly carried the Boilermakers to an upset win on the road — and it was indicative of the Wolverines' season-long defensive issues.

At Mackey Arena on Friday night, the story could not have been any more different.

In a 70-53 win over Purdue, Michigan held Williams to his worst game of the season and the Boilermakers to their lowest scoring output of the season.