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The Michigan spring scrimmage is Saturday, Trey Burke is back for another season in Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines picked up commitment No. 17 on Tuesday night.

Just another week around the Michigan program.

However, there are many topics to discuss as the final week before the two big Michigan sports -- football and men's basketball -- officially hit their offseasons.
Michigan basketball coach John Beilein, senior guard Stu Douglass and redshirt sophomore Jordan Morgan met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the 25th-ranked Wolverines' game with Nebraska on Wednesday.

Beilein:

  • ON VISITING NEBRASKA FOR THE FIRST TIME: Beilein said he has never been to the state, hasn't faced Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, nor has he seen any of the Nebraska players play AAU. "When you play Michigan State, you have to be careful -- you know all their players, you know their coaches, you have to be careful you don't take things for granted," Beilein said. "This one's fresh. … There's no comfort in that."
  • ON SOPHOMORE GUARD TIM HARDAWAY JR.'S PREPARATION: Beilein said they watch film and talk about everything from body language to his stat line. Beilein said Hardaway Jr. has been very receptive. "He has to continue to work at, 'What is the right play at the right time,' and let the game come to him a bit more," Beilein said. "I hate to see him turn down an open shot."

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Michigan coach John Beilein met with media on Friday to discuss his 13th-ranked Wolverines and their upcoming game against Iowa. Here are a few of the key points he touched on:

  • ON THIS STRETCH IN THE SCHEDULE: "It’s not the NBA schedule," Beilein said. "But it probably gets as close as it can be to it during this middle of January." The team didn’t practice yesterday, but had an hour and a half of film Friday morning and practice Friday afternoon. The Wolverines travel to Iowa Friday night and Beilein said they will watch game tape there, but there will be no shootaround before the noon tip. Beilein said this stretch will help with preparation for the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA tournament.
  • HOW DANGEROUS IS IOWA: The Hawkeyes are coming off two 25-plus point losses to No. 6 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State. Beilein said he forgot about those, because Iowa has beaten Minnesota and Wisconsin on the road. "That’s who they are," Beilein said. "They are closer to the team that we saw that really had Wisconsin down the whole game at Wisconsin."

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Michigan faces Alabama A&M at noon Saturday in its second-to-last game before Big Ten play begins. It's also the second straight SWAC opponent for Michigan after three weeks of top-tier competitive games.

The team Michigan is facing will have not played for 15 days by the time it steps on the court at Crisler Arena.

Here's what Michigan coach John Beilein had to say about the matchup and other things surrounding his program, in convenient bullet form:

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