Michigan will make its debut appearance in the newly renovated Crisler Center tonight in an exhibition clash with Northern Michigan (7 p.m., BTN.com). The Wolverines should be able to top Northern Michigan, who finished last in the GLIAC North last season with a 9-17 record overall, with relative ease. Then again, last year’s Michigan squad only topped Wayne State by eight points, 47-39, in exhibition play. We’ll spare an entire preview of the Wildcats but here are six things to watch for when Michigan takes the floor this evening.
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Burke suspension provides new opportunities
Trey Burke is suspended for Michigan’s opener which will provide roughly 30 minutes of additional playing time for John Beilein to distribute among players that might not originally be in the rotation. Spike Albrecht is the immediate beneficiary, he’s in line to start and will have every opportunity to demonstrate his abi...