Inside Michigan: Beilein Weekly

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I've said it before, but after last week I think it's worth repeating. The Big Ten Conference is extremely competitive and there are no nights off.

Playing at Assembly Hall will be one of the toughest atmospheres we will face all year. There's a reason why Indiana has stayed perfect, even against No. 1 and No. 2 ranked foes, at home.

Our staff was impressed with how hard our team played and that they never gave up in Bloomington. We were down by double digits late in the second half and our guys rallied to make it a one possession game and we had several shots to take the lead.

As impressed as I was on Thursday, I was even more proud of how the team used the loss as motivation to get the win at home against Wisconsin on Sunday, despite the short turnaround. It was special for the whole team to help our seniors get a win over the Badgers in Crisler.

The entire weekend was a treat because we had our Player Development Center dedication. Former players, former managers and donors were treated to a weekend of events and fellowship. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to interact with people who absolutely love Michigan and how it has impacted their lives.

We had several former players in attendance at the game, making the win over Wisconsin even more special. Cazzie Russell, Phil Hubbard and Rudy Tomjanovich all spoke to the team in the locker room before the game. The pride and passion these men spoke with about Michigan provided our guys with a boost going into the game.

Our next opponent is Northwestern on Wednesday in Crisler at 6:30. We then travel to Iowa to play the Hawkeyes on Saturday. It does not get any easier!

Go Blue!
- John

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