Michigan Wolverines Look to Get Back on Track Against Penn State

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The Michigan Wolverines desperately need Crisler Arena and a nice home crowd to end their recent struggles. John Beilein  and his young Wolverines are looking to get back on track Saturday against Penn State at home.

It’s been a tough stretch for Michigan lately. They have played three top-10 teams in their past four games and also three road games in that stretch. Their record during that rough patch is 1-3.

Michigan was 13-0 heading into Big Ten play in December, but conference play has gotten the best of them as of late as they are 8-4 and two games out of first place Indiana and Michigan State.

The Penn State Nittany Lions come to town on Saturday afternoon, and this is the perfect opportunity for the Wolverines to pick up a confidence-boosting win and get back on the winning track. This is the first of three straight games against unranked Big Ten teams, two of which will come against the Nittany Lions.

Penn State has yet to win a conference game (0-12) and are ranked 300th or lower in most offensive categories, making the game against Michigan a possible ugly loss.

The Wolverines are in the top-50 in almost every offensive category, while their only problem comes in the post where interior play seems to be absent lately.

Jordan Morgan is not quite 100 percent for the team in Ann Arbor, while Mitch McGary proved that he is not ready to be the man in the post. The Michigan freshman looked lost against Michigan State on Tuesday and brought out a huge question mark when talking about post play.

No matter what kind of losing streak they are on, great teams learn how to overcome and make sure two losses in a row don’t turn into a spiraling out of control season. We will see what kind of team Michigan is.

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