The expectations couldn’t be higher for the Michigan Wolverines basketball team after a surprising run at to the National Championship game last season. The Wolverines come into the 2013-14 season ranked #7 looking up at their rivals in East Lansing who are ranked #2.
The Michigan Wolverines return stars Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas to the 2013-14 team. McGary looks to build on the success from last season that had pundits picking him to be drafted in the first round. McGary decided to stay and help his team finish the old business from last year.
With Mitch McGary anchoring the front court, Glenn Robinson III will anchor the backcourt and run the offense for coach John Belien.
The spark plug of the Michigan offense is Nik Stauskas. The Canadian shooting guard can make it rain from beyond the arc. He attracted quite a bit of national attention last year with his ability to drain the three. Stauskas had added weight and with a year of experience under his belt the Wolverines will be depending on him to spark a Michigan offense that lost.
Mitch McGary will be missing from the opening night line-up because he is battling a lower back soreness.
He’s improving every day, making great improvements in everything he can do,” coach John Beilein told WTKA-AM in Ann Arbor. “No, he won’t [be available Friday].”
Th injury is not expected to keep McGary sidelined for long. Good news because the Wolvinerines will need him to counter the Michigan state Spartans front court.
The Wolverines open the 2013-14 season against UMass-Lowell in Ann Arbor.
- Start Time: 7:00pm
- TV: None
- Live Stream: BTDN