Michigan Wolverines Tough to Deal With When Clicking on All Cylinders

By Brian Lester
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Michigan’s offensive attack is almost to the point where you wonder how any team is going to find a way to slow it down.

It was at full strength again on Sunday against Iowa, the second-ranked Wolverines crushing Iowa as if it were a junior varsity team by rolling to a 95-67 victory.

It’s the third time in the last four games the Wolverines have hung at least 90 points on the scoreboard. It’s also the fourth consecutive game in which Michigan drilled at least 10 shots from beyond the arc.

In no way is Michigan the perfect team. At some point, the Wolverines are going to lose a game. Just don’t expect them to lose too many games considering how effective they can be offensively.

“We always thought, as we were trying to develop a coaching philosophy with my staff –and I have a great staff — that we wouldn’t change if we got more athletic,” Michigan head coach John Beilein said in a post-game press conference. “Some of these principles will still work, even if you did have better speed…We’ve always run wherever I’ve been, but we run a little faster now, jump a little higher.”

Trey Burke has a lot do with the success of the Wolverines. He was at his best again on Sunday, pouring in 19 points and dishing out 12 assists for an offense that essentially forces opponents to pick their poison.

Glenn Robinson III clicked for 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. pumped in 19 points.

Michigan was the Big Ten team I wondered most about regarding its hype coming into the season. Now, I just wonder how opponents are going to slow the Wolverines down because they are clearly deserving of the hype.

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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