When Michigan takes the floor against Appalachian State on Tuesday night, it will merely continue the process of learning who it is.
Juwan Howard learning how to handle in-game college basketball coaching decisions for the first time. Michigan’s players learning how to wed prior habits with new expectations. Everyone learning to coexist in a new environment.
The team that for 12 years hammered home the same pillars about offensive basketball — playing deliberately, seeking the best shot, shirking offensive rebounds for transition defense and treating turnovers like a sin — is now learning to recalibrate. That will come with inevitable hitches.