This past weekend we traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to face Bradley for our first official away game of the season. We were all eager to see how the team would perform under the pressures of an opponent's court.
Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III were key contributors to our win with 35 points between the two of them. Bradley's toughness helped them with a late run, but we were able to hold them off with our execution and free throw shooting down to the stretch.
It is always special in college basketball when a student-athlete gets to play in his hometown. Max Bielfeldt received that opportunity with our game in Peoria. His teammates and our staff were thrilled with Max's play last Saturday. With his family and many childhood friends watching from the stands, Max's activity on the court and on the glass in particular helped us tremendously.
Last night, we battled the Western Michigan Broncos in Crisler Center. With steady effort and execution, we were able to improve our overall record to 8-0.
Our point guard, Trey Burke, had a very solid performance last night. Our staff felt that he set the tone with his playmaking ability. He finished with 20 points, 7 assists, and 0 turnovers.
Our focus now shifts to Arkansas, which visits Ann Arbor on Saturday. We went down to Fayetteville last year and played a very entertaining, hard-fought game vs. the Razorbacks. We will take the next few days to prepare for Arkansas, which plays an up-tempo style with their very talented players.
We can't wait to see a packed and loud Crisler Center on Saturday at noon for tipoff.