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The Wolverines are just tearing it up! The University of Michigan picked up right where they left off last year. They are Big Ten basketball right now. Michigan is continuing to build on its proud basketball legacy. John Beilein’s squad looks more poised than ever. They definitely look ready to make another NCAA Championship run. They’re riding a 28-1 record over their past 29 games and cruised past Penn State in their last game. The Wolverines have shown a strong ability to adapt to different defensive looks. Against Penn State, it took a minute, but they soon settled into a groove against PSU’s aggressive man defense. Their single loss happened when? The 2018 NCAA title game. None have been able to stop them since!
The Wolverines are currently No. 2 right behind Duke. So far this season they’re undefeated! The Wolverines are playing like true contenders at this point. They’ve beaten the likes of UNC, Villanova, and Purdue. Michigan didn’t just beat these teams, they ran them out the building. None put up much of a fight. They’re not just scraping by, they’re blowing teams out. Ignas Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole have proven themselves to be sharpshooters all season. Their perfect start looks to be no fluke. Even though it is early in the season, we’re going to take a look at the Big Ten teams most likely to stop this juggernaut run.
Even without Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr., this team is stacked. The Spartans are led by their trio of Nick Ward, Joshua Langford, and Cassius Winston. You can never underestimate a Tom Izzo coached Spartan team. There are currently sitting second the Wolverines in the Big Ten standings. The Spartans have only lost to Louisville and Kansas. Both of these games ended close.
Finally healthy this year after an abysmal showing last season, the Badgers are playing like they used to. Look for them to bounce back this weekend after back to back losses to Western Kentucky and Minnesota. They look to end this streak against the Nittany Lions tonight. They have the ability to really compete in this conference and have the talent to win on any given day.
It’s all about Romeo Langford for the Hoosiers. He is a real threat. The projected lottery pick has dazzled this season, leading the Indiana Hoosiers to a top 25 ranking. Indiana is currently riding a hot streak after getting blown out by the Blue Devils, they’ve won their last seven games. This includes victories against Butler and Louisville. Archie Miller’s Hoosiers look to give the Wolverines their first loss of the season today. Watch out for Langford, he just put up 28 on the fight Illini. The Wolverines will have to continue their excellent run of defense to keep the Hoosier’s star in check.
Ohio State has only had two losses this season, and those came against Syracuse and the Spartans. Losing against the Orange or Michigan State shouldn’t be considered a terrible loss, however, they’ve yet to win against any quality opponents. Some might argue their home win against Minnesota was a good victory, but apart they’ve done little to impress.
If Beilein’s Michigan keeps up their amazing defense they can go all the way. With about half of the season wrapped up, it might be too early to tell if they can keep up this undefeated run. Beilein has to approach this season like another other, game-by-game. Even though they lack the star power of Zion and RJ at Duke, the Wolverines display a well-rounded team led by Ignas Brazdeikis, Charles Matthews, and Jordan Poole. The Wolverines must first look to beat a red-hot Hoosier squad led by an incredibly talented Romeo Langford.