On Saturday night, one of the biggest Big Ten Basketball games took place in Indiana. The Indiana Hoosiers welcomed the visiting Michigan Wolverines in a battle of two of the top three teams in all of NCAA Basketball. Michigan lost the game (73-81) and their number one ranking. Will the team also lose a starter over an alleged punch?
New video and pictures have surfaced that show Michigan freshman Glenn Robinson III making contact with Jordan Hulls face after a made shot at one end of the floor. The contact was not called and did not surface until Monday.
Check out the video clip below:
Robinson has already taken to Twitter to let it be known that the contact was an accident. He says his arm was pushed into Hulls to initiate the contact. Robinson played all 40 minutes against Indiana, because of an injury to Jordan Morgan. The freshman struggled, going 1-6 from the field and scoring only two points. This marked a career-low for the Michigan starter.
Just want to make it CLEAR that i did not purposely punch Hulls in the face, my arm was pushed causing the incident.
— Glenn Robinson III (@GRob_1) February 4, 2013
Michigan has said that the league has not asked for video or told the school that there will be a review. However, with the video spreading like wildfire, I’m guessing someone in the league will see it. Robinson could potentially be suspended for this.
The loss to Indiana dropped Michigan to number three in the AP Top 25 Poll. The game also gave the team two losses in the Big Ten Conference. The loss of Robinson III could be a huge blow during conference play. The team now faces three tough opponents in Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
Up first is No. 10 Ohio State on Tuesday night. Michigan’s first loss of the season came against the Buckeyes (53-56), in a game that saw Robinson III play 38 minutes. Robinson had eight points after shooting 3-8 from the field.
On the season, Robinson is averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Despite the team’s depth, the loss of Robinson during this pivotal stretch could cost Michigan the Big Ten Championship.