Smiling despite evident frustration, Beilein opened up his media availability Monday by talking about the travel.
The temperature outside Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center was in the teens and the wind chill near zero. And the students kept coming over on Monday.
Freshman Zak Irvin scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and No. 10 Michigan breezed to a 79-50 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
When people consider the Big Ten’s most dangerous teams, Nebraska does not top the list. That hardly matters to John Beilein.
Caris LeVert had 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, and No. 10 Michigan beat Purdue 75-66 on Thursday night, extending its winning streak to 10.
Glenn Robinson III drove to the basket, the ball was knocked out of bounds — and then players on both teams had to be separated as last weekend’s Michigan-Michigan State game became increasingly testy down the stretch.
Nik Stauskas made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19 points and freshman Derrick Walton Jr. scored a season-high 19, lifting No. 21 Michigan to an 80-75 win over No. 3 Michigan State on Saturday night to remain the only Big Ten team without a conference loss.
Both Michigan and Michigan State have proven they can play well while short-handed – and each team should have more than enough adrenaline to put forth an inspired performance this weekend.
Coach Beilein said he knows the Wolverines need some extra toughness down the stretch to have a chance Saturday in Breslin Center,
Michigan almost upset No. 1 Arizona last month, and now the Wolverines host an Iowa team that reminds Beilein of those pesky Wildcats.