Michigan basketball is back on the rise. Sitting outside of the top 25 means the spotlight is gone and there is no better moment for a young team than that. It means no pressure to perform. Before Big Ten conference play began, Michigan stumbled out of the gates with an 8-4 start.
But now since conference play started they have won three straight. To make matters better, tomorrow they host the struggling Penn State Nittany Lions, in a game Michigan should win. That would put them at 12-4 on the season and 4-0 in the Big Ten. Not bad that for a team that lost two players to the NBA.
Then this Saturday comes a massive test as Michigan heads to Madison to face the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers. Calling that a statement game in an understatement. If the Wolverines upset the Badgers, national spotlight would return to a team that would now have a signature win. That would bring a return of last season’s confidence and swagger to Ann Arbor.
In even more shocking fashion, Michigan is without preseason All American Mitch McGary who was the team’s leading rebounder and is still finding ways to win. This is mostly from the leadership of Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas. Freshman like Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin have stepped up as well. In fact, Irvin now has a game winning basket under his belt after the win at Nebraska. Two of Michigan’s three Big Ten wins have come on the road which is always a good sign.
Things are looking up in Ann Arbor, stay tuned.