Game Preview: Top-ranked Wolverines take on Northwestern

The #1 ranked Michigan Wolverines (19-1, 6-1 B1G) come into their matchup with Northwestern (12-9, 3-5 B1G) with a lot of momentum going their way.

Landing the top ranking in the polls since the days of the Fab Five is a big deal for the program, but John Beilein and the Wolverines believe something different. Their main concern is being the best at the end of the Big Ten season.

Almost every game in the conference this year means something and will be a fight. Tonight’s game against Northwestern is the rare exception to that rule.

These two teams last met on January 3rd in Evanston, where Michigan dominated the Wildcats 94-66. The game was never in doubt. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr combined for 44 points and all five starters finished in double figures. Expect much of the same tonight at home.

Something Northwestern did not have in the last game was their leading scorer, senior guard Reggie Hearn. He leads the Wildcats at 14 points per game, but it will likely take a career night by him and his other teammates to upend the Wolverines.

The biggest key to tonight’s game will be focus. With a road showdown with #3 Indiana looming on Saturday night, the Wolverines cannot afford to look ahead. I don’t see that being an issue, either. The coaching staff will have Michigan ready to go.

The game tips at 6:30 on Big Ten Network.

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