While off to its best start in 27 seasons and boasting a No. 2 ranking, Michigan continues to stay focused and won’t take anything for granted.
The undefeated Wolverines expect to maintain that attitude as they try for a fourth consecutive home victory over Iowa in Sunday’s Big Ten matchup.
Michigan (14-0, 1-0) ranks among the national leaders in scoring (81.1 points per game) and shooting (51.7 percent), and yields 59.0 points per game. The Wolverines – off to their best start since the 1985-86 team began 16-0 – jumped out to 20-4 lead en route to shooting 59.6 percent in Thursday’s 94-66 win at Northwestern.
“14-0 that’s a great start – and 1-0 in the Big Ten – but we’ve got to keep the attitude where guys are still doubting us,” said star guard Trey Burke, who had 23 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
That attitude comes courtesy of coach John Beilein, who has managed to keep his talented team humbled and hungry.
“We’re always working that way, like we’re hunting all the time and we don’t ever want to lose that,” he said. “It’s not a negative to always be working.”
The Wolverines expect to do the same against improving Iowa (11-3, 0-1), which snapped a six-game series skid with a 75-59 home win Jan. 14. The Hawkeyes, however, have averaged 56.0 points while dropping three straight at Crisler Arena by an average of 14.3.