Michigan's defense steps up in victory 

January, 17, 2012
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It's a good sign when any college basketball team is in company with the Duke men's basketball team.

And for Michigan coach John Beilein, his team is. The Wolverines and Blue Devils are the only two teams that have held Michigan State to less than 60 points this season.

The Wolverines stuck to mainly man-to-man defense in their 60-59 win over the Spartans on Tuesday night. Early in the game, Michigan switched into Beilein's 1-3-1 zone, and Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green sunk a 3-pointer from the left baseline. Later in the first half, Michigan switched from man-to-man into a zone midway through a possession and again the Spartans drained a triple.

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