Michigan, like many other high-major basketball teams, played few true road games during its non-conference slate. The Wolverines traveled to Peoria, Ill. to take on Bradley in the hopes of giving the team a taste of a tough road environment. Before that game, Beilein outlined his hopes for using this road game as a simulation of a Big Ten road environment.
“We understand that it’s going to be a really, really large crowd. It’s our first true road game,” Beilein said a month and a half ago. “Anyone who was at our games in Madison Square garden, it wasn’t exactly ‘neutral’ with the support that we had there. We’re excited about it because I think it is very representative of what we’ll see in the Big Ten as far as a hostile home crowd and a talented team.”
That game against Bradley was Michigan’s only “true” road game before traveling to Columbus to play Ohio State last Sunday. Some may say Northwestern should be in that category. I can tell you there were definitive