Michigan Basketball: 3 things we learned in win vs Nebraska

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3. This could literally be the turning point for Michigan basketball 

We see something along these lines almost every year. Michigan start’s off the season slow and maybe the Wolverines drop a game, maybe they drop a few and things just are looking bad moving forward for the Wolverines.

But then all of a sudden, a switch turns on and the Wolverines are in the top 10 with a 10-15 game winning streak. I can’t say with confidence this is that game but it sure looked like it. Michigan was able to get elite bench play and everyone seemed in sync for most of the game.

They did all this without one of their key contributors Moussa Diabate who was out sick with the flu. Michigan needs this elite bench play to elevate them into the upper-tier of the Big Ten. While the Wolverines may have started there, they currently are not even in the conversation.

Now is the time the Wolverines truly need to exceed, when expectations are low and people are writing them off, and that’s what Michigan is all about.

Whenever Michigan basketball is underrated, they seem to turn into this monster of a team, whenever they’re overrated they turn into a shell of what they were supposed to be.

The same can be said for almost every major sport, Michigan is just a better team when they’re underdogs and underrated.

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I think this is truly a humbling experience for new players like Caleb Houstan, Moussa Diabate, and Frankie Collins. But this is also good for Hunter Dickinson and Terrance Wiliams who have yet to truly experience any trials and tribulations at Michigan.