January 31, 2014
Wolverines adapting well to being The Hunted
From Big Ten champions to national runners-up, now 8-0 and alone atop the conference nearing the halfway mark - that's where the Michigan basketball program has risen under head coach John Beilein and his staff, and they're not showing signs of letting up following a 75-66 win over Purdue Thursday night in Ann Arbor.
The days of Michigan having to play above its head to beat a solid opponent are over, but with that comes a different challenge - taking every opponent's best shot, in whatever form, and finding a way to win. Purdue took away the three-point line and forced 10 turnovers (the other six were gifts by U-M's guards when they either dribbled off feet or decided to give the Boilermakers the ball for no apparent reason) and still were all but out of the game with six minutes remaining despite eventually hoisting 19 more shots (65-46).
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