The No. 13 Michigan basketball team is coming off a tough loss to No. 12 Indiana, but returns to its home court today, where it's undefeated, to face off against No. 19 Wisconsin.
Michigan coach John Beilein and his Wolverines will face a tough team in the Badgers. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is famous for his swing offense that often wears out opponents’ defenses, creating easy opportunities for the Badgers. And the Wolverines will have to fight against the memory of last season, when the Badgers won on a last-second 3-pointer banked off the glass. The Wolverines will try to avoid that this year and to do so, here are three keys they should follow to remain perfect in the Crisler Center.
1. Shake it off. The 73-71 loss to Indiana was tough. It was Michigan’s first Big Ten loss and much will be told about the character of this team with how it responds to that defeat. The Wolverines can’t come into the game with something to prove, that could end poorly with Michigan overplaying and making silly mistakes. They just need to treat this game like every other conference game and have a short memory. Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said he thought the Wolverines showed their resiliency and toughness against Indiana. But fans and players will see how mentally tough they are when they tip off on Sunday.