Inside Michigan: Beilein Weekly

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Our team played a couple of thrilling basketball games last week. The win against Michigan State last Tuesday at Crisler was truly a battle.

After being down four late in the game, our guys stepped up on defense and really showed their toughness to get us back in the game. But most importantly, they played smart and as a team to come away with the win.

Our players are always driven to win. The stakes seem higher in a rivalry game because of the emotion but it still is just a basketball game. The emotion can only carry you so far. Execution wins in the end.

Michigan State is a tremendous team and our guys knows that the entire conference slate of games is important to earn a Big Ten championship.

The game at Arkansas on Saturday served as an opportunity to play an out of conference match up in January. Their speed, pressure, and the atmosphere in Bud Walton Arena were all good for us to experience.

Arkansas really came out strong and had the momentum on their side after making their first 11 shots. Winning on the road is tough and we certainly showed some toughness by climbing back and having a chance to win it at the end on Trey's three.

The trip to Fayetteville was a great test to prepare us for our Big Ten road games at Purdue and Ohio State this week. Right now our focus is all on beating the Boilermakers.

Go Blue!
- John

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