Regardless of whether the doubts about the Michigan Wolverines are real, it appears the unbeaten and second-ranked Wolverine are going to act as if they are the hunted rather than the hunter.
Of course, it seems to be a tough sell considering the Wolverines smashed Northwestern 94-66 in their Big Ten opener on the road Thursday night.
Just don’t tell that to Michigan star Trey Burke, who poured in 23 points and helped the Wolverines improve to 14-0 overall, their best start since the 1985-86 team rattled off 16 consecutive wins.
“14-0, that’s a great start – and 1-0 in the Big Ten – but we’ve got to keep the attitude where guys are still doubting us,” Burke said in a post-game press conference.
It’s a good attitude to have. It can be easy for a team to lose its edge during the grind of a long season, but the Wolverines seem to have a chip on their shoulder and a relentless determination to prove everyone wrong.
Complacency doesn’t appear to have a shot at enveloping the Wolverines.
“We’re always working that way, like we’re hunting all the time and we don’t ever want to lose that,” Michigan head coach John Beilein said in a post-game press conference. “It’s not a negative to always be working.”
No it is not and the Wolverines understand that nothing is going to come easy for them in the Big Ten. They are just as prone to getting knocked off as any other team in the conference.
The Wolverines are going to lose at some point, but as long as they continue to work hard and make strides, they are going to have a shot at being crowned Big Ten champions.
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.
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