2020-21 Season

In a chaotic Big Ten, Michigan looks like a contender

No more hedging or equivocating or asking who this Michigan basketball team has really played. No more waiting for a real test or wondering if they’ll keep it up when the schedule gets tough.

This team is good. More than good, it’s a contender for the Big Ten — and maybe it should be one of the favorites.

On Sunday, Michigan came into a matchup against a Northwestern team that promised to put Hunter Dickinson in an uncomfortable position guarding the perimeter. It won by 19. On Wednesday, Minnesota, another Top 25 team with some good wins on its resume, countered Dickinson with a 7-foot big man. Michigan won, 82-57, a 25-point margin that managed to understate its dominance.

“I think we’re the team to beat,” Isaiah Livers said.

Being the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten, it’s hard to argue with that.

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