Unbeaten Start for Michigan Wolverines Doesn't Mean Much At The Moment

By Brian Lester
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Another win is in the books for Michigan.

The Wolverines, ranked third in the nation, rolled to an 80-67 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday afternoon.

So, for the first time since the 1988-89 campaign when Michigan won its only national title, the Wolverines are off to a 9-0 start.

Michigan won its first 11 games that season and will probably start 11-0 this time around.

But you know what it means in December?

“It doesn’t mean anything,” Michigan head coach John Beilein said in a post-game press conference.

Beilein, who secured his 100th win on Saturday as the head coach of the Wolverines,  is right on the money with that comment.

No team has ever won a championship in December, and unless you continue to improve and build on the momentum gained from the unbeaten start, no one will care about it three months from now.

The Wolverines have a long way to go if they want to match what the program did in 1989, but you better believe they are on the right track.

Michigan once again flexed its muscles offensively as all five starters scored in double figures.

Glenn Robinson III dropped in 17 points, Trey Burke torched Arkansas for 16 points to go along with seven assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. pumped in 14 points and Nik  Stauskas turned in another solid performance as he scored 12 points.

And if that isn’t tough enough for opponents, Jordan Morgan proved he is capable of a big game on any given night. Morgan scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

He is simply doing his job as a role player.

“Finish and get as many rebounds as a I can, that’s pretty much my job description,” Morgan said in a post-game press conference. “And, play good defense.”

Morgan handled his job well on Saturday. So did his teammates.

Sitting at 9-0 isn’t a bad place to be for the Wolverines. The key now is to build on that success the same way the Wolverines did more than two decades ago.

Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association as well.

Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993 or send him an email at collegehoopswriter@hotmail.com.

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