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December 1, 2012Michigan head coach John Beilein expects a big and loud crowd when the Wolverines travel to Bradley today (4 p.m., ESPNU) for their first true road test. Beilein continues to tinker with lineups in preparation for today and the season.
The big question - will freshman Nik Stauskas, last week's Big Ten freshman of the week, replace senior Matt Vogrich in the starting lineup?
"We're looking at all that, so we'll wait and see," Beilein said. "We're drawing up some minute things so we can make it work. Nik and Matt is what we're looking at now, how to divvy up these minutes. We need to get Tim Hardaway and Trey Burke reasonable minutes that will service them over the season rather than a particular game."
They're still working on playing two big men together, as well.
"We've looked at that extensively the last couple days with some big man packages," he said. "You have to do that. We'd like Glenn Robinson to play a couple different positions, but right now keep it simple. Sometimes he's going to be in foul trouble so the match-up isn't working in our favor, we can just go bigger. We're getting there. Guys are understanding they're out fighting for minutes there and trying to figure it out."
"We are excited about it," he said. "I think it's very representative of what we'll see in the Big Ten as far as a hostile home crowd, a talented team that's 5-1 right now.
"They're really good man to man, a physical defensive team. We have to be able to score points and stop them. That's a team we could not stop last year. It was tied or we were behind for 30 minutes. We made some shots down the stretch, finally got some stops, but that's a really veteran, good team."
Michigan has continued to shoot the ball well.
"We're getting offensive rebounds, which leads to good percentages, not taking a lot of bad shots. Every game we chart how many bad shots we take. At times last year it was as many as eight to 10 and in past seasons; now we're working to find one or two."
"Twenty minutes into practice, we cleaned up what we saw at the end of that game," he said. "It's timing, understanding what we are trying to do; if we have three timeouts in our pocket, turn to the ref and call time out - we hadn't worked a great deal on that. We hadn't had to do it.
"Coming out of those timeouts, we didn't execute, missed the last work in the adjustment. We're going to run this, going to have this at the end - the thing at the end, we didn't pick up. We're working on that with coming out of huddle, screaming people in our ears."