If anyone knows the value of a road win in the Big Ten, it’s Michigan Wolverines‘ head coach John Beilein. He took over this team when they were in some of their darker days, winning little and being criticized a lot.
Beilein took this team from the basement of the conference to the top spot in the country just a couple weeks ago. It wasn’t easy to climb such a steep ladder, but Michigan is finally where it used to be when the Fab Five took the floor.
However, they will face one of their biggest tests of the season tonight as they face off against No. 8 Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Just how big is this game for the Wolverines?
This game is monumental in terms of the need for a win. The Wolverines have lost three games this season, but all of which came on the road during conference play. With a loss on the road tonight, which would make three out of their last four games overall, the Wolverines and Beilein could find themselves two games behind in the Big Ten race.
Two games in a tight Big Ten race is virtually impossible to overcome. With six games remaining after tonight’s game, two games will mean that every team ahead of them, including Michigan State, will have to lose at least two in order for the Wolverines to have even a shot at a tie for the conference title.
This isn’t an easy task, but the Wolverines need this win tonight, and to steal one on the road in East Lansing may prove that they are the best team in college basketball.