Life in the Big Ten Conference is a ton of fun and it is also extremely taxing. Mental, physical and emotional toughness is tested in each training session preparing for games as well as in moments of competition. We constantly speak to our team about embracing the process of becoming a good team.
This past week, we took on a good Purdue team in West Lafayette and a strong Ohio State team in Columbus. The conference schedule is relentless and in order to be a good team, you are going to face some of the best teams in the country on the road.
Last Tuesday, Purdue made us work on both ends of the floor. Coach Painter always has a team that competes hard and plays tough. This Purdue team is no exception and we were pleased to come out of there with a victory.
I loved the way our seniors, Zack and Stu, carried themselves throughout the game. I believe their assured play rubbed off on our team and carried us to the eventual win.
Last Sunday in Columbus, we played an Ohio State team that was incredibly active on the boards and very good on the defensive end. They are a talented team and in order to beat them, we must play well and at the same time limit their easy baskets. I thought the difference in the game was their ability to convert second chance points and convert off our turnovers.
Indiana is our next conference opponent on Wednesday. We can't wait to put on the Michigan jerseys again in front of our home crowd in Crisler Center. We have to play well in order to beat Indiana. They are coming off a game where they scored over 100 points so we expect a confident and well prepared team to take the Crisler floor.
Look for a piece from me after the Indiana game later on this week.