Frank Martin understands what it means to try to build a basketball program when the in-state rival contends each year for the national championship.
No. 12 Michigan and No. 22 Michigan State both earned first-round byes in this year’s Big Ten tournament.
Michigan avenged last year’s defeat in the last game of the regular season.
With an undergraduate degree from Michigan but one more year of basketball eligibility, fifth-year-senior-to-be Jordan Morgan had some options.
On a team with just one junior and one senior, maturity could easily be an issue. For Michigan, with 13 players in either their freshman or sophomore year, the opposite has been the case.
Three games remain in the regular season for Michigan, and the Wolverines sit alone in first place in the conference standings.
Unlike Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, Michigan coach John Beilein uses Twitter, and like Izzo, Beilein does not appear to be a huge fan of the social media site.
Smiling despite evident frustration, Beilein opened up his media availability Monday by talking about the travel.
When people consider the Big Ten’s most dangerous teams, Nebraska does not top the list. That hardly matters to John Beilein.
Champ: Michigan basketball for beating three top 25 teams in their last three games.