Before Michigan’s first true road test last season, the Wolverines had a few solid victories in Madison Square Garden over Thanksgiving and a blowout win over a ranked NC State team under their belt. Against Bradley in Peoria, Illinois, Michigan still had to win ugly, 74-66.
This year, Michigan’s first road test of the season comes much sooner and against a much better opponent. Iowa State went to the NCAA tournament last season and advanced to the round of 32 before narrowly falling to Ohio State. The Cyclones lost three starters to graduation but are still expected to compete near the top of the Big 12.
At a press conference on Friday, Beilein said his message to his young team is simple: embrace the opportunity.
“We’re still a young team that has to look at this, embrace it, and try to get the ‘W,’” Beilein said. “It’s not going to be easy, but we’re going to be prepared as best we can. I think we’ve always been a pretty good road team. But when it starts over aga...