After a mini rut in early-to-mid- February, the Michigan Wolverines appear to be once again trending in a positive direction.
Head coach John Beilein has his Wolverines entering the final week of the regular season having won three of their past four games overall. A late and thrilling victory over Michigan State on Sunday is certainly plenty of excitement to build off of in anticipation of the postseason, but there is still work to be done down the final stretch here.
In fact, Michigan finds themselves currently positioned within a four-way tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference standings. On Wednesday night, the Wolverines will hit the road to Purdue for a contest that they should come away with. However, looming in the background of this mid-week battle is their true regular season test, a date with the league’s top squad in Ann Arbor.
Yes, the Indiana Hoosiers are coming to town on Sunday afternoon and Michigan will surely be rocking as the Wolverines look to avenge an early-season defeat back in Bloomington.
Yet, this scenario sounds an awful lot like the definition of a “trap game” for the Wolverines. Michigan is expected to win at Purdue and with the more highly-anticipated match-up in the background, the Wolverines cannot overlook what is in front of them.
In addition to that, the Boilermakers are fresh off an upset victory over their own, taking out Wisconsin on the road in Madison over the weekend. Purdue’s postseason potential is pretty low, so the Boilermakers can simply play spoiler and why not with the No. 7 ranked team in their building on Wednesday?
Weather the storm Michigan and take care of business as you should. The Wolverines’ date with Indiana will be here before we know it.
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