Following Michigan’s big road victory at Minnesota, the Wolverines faced something they hadn’t seen since before Christmas: a long layoff. With a six-day break between games in the midst of the Big Ten season, Michigan got a chance to rest up after two straight difficult road match-ups.
The break wasn’t just useful for resting; John Beilein said his team was able to revisit some fundamentals and “work on Michigan,” as opposed to game-planning for other teams.
“When you have the games during the season, if you play two games a week, it’s really hard to get back to basics because you’re always trying to rest after one game, and trying to get ready for the next game,” Beilein said. “We went back to just playing defensive principles – and offensive principles. We had one defensive practice and we had one offensive practice. Just to get back to things that had fallen behind a little bit and things we haven’t put in yet for an offensive team.”
While it’s essential for teams to keep their