I’ll try to be even more clear, it’s not overall mental toughness whatsoever. I’ve been very high on this group all year.
It’s mental toughness within the game/situation, the moments you’re challenged most and their response. The players admitted they lost their poise and their way during the second half last night.
I disagree they’ve been challenged to weather a lot of runs or moments like last night. It’s not a knock on them whatsoever either, they’ve been so damn good and are so damn good they’ve blown teams out and won on the road. However, how many games have had moments like last night?:
UNC down by 10 and responded.
At Northwestern was a huge response and close game moments to get the win.
At Wisconsin was a little bit like last night.
At Maryland was their best performance in poise.
Beyond those games, I don’t see many other instances of true back and forth, momentum shifted games. Games got close, absolutely, but I would say the Wisconsin/Maryland home games Michigan was always in control. Likewise, at Iowa/Penn St they were always in control.