Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State all entered Big Ten play in the top 10 of the college basketball rankings. Not many people were talking about the Michigan Wolverines, but they are now the team to beat in the conference.
Don’t get me wrong, the Badgers, Buckeyes and Spartans are all talented enough to win the conference title, but no one has been as good as the Wolverines as of late.
They have now beaten three top 10 teams in a row. Not just teams ranked in the top 25, but the top 10. Any time a team does that, it is going to get a lot of national attention.
Michigan is now 7-0 in conference play and is back in the talks for a national title.
The team’s season was heading in the wrong direction in a hurry when it lost its fourth game of the season back in December. Mitch McGary was out with a back injury and the Wolverines did not look like they could compete in the Big Ten. Well, McGary is still out, but this team has gotten a lot better ever since the Dec. 14 loss against Arizona.
The Wolverines are now riding a nine-game winning streak. Three of those victories were against Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan State. All three were ranked in the top 10 and the only non-road game was against the Hawkeyes.
Michigan may have four losses, but none were blowouts and three were against teams that are talented enough to win a title this year (Iowa State, Duke and Arizona). The fourth loss was against Charlotte.
John Beilein‘s team is at the top of a very talented Big Ten standings and is currently the team to beat.