Michigan head coach John Beilein tries to get his defense under control against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 56-53. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)The Associated Press
Ohio State's Aaron Craft (4) stays close to Michigan's Trey Burke during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 56-53. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)The Associated Press
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Trey Burke and Michigan can put aside for now the idea of being ranked No. 1 in the country.
An undefeated start to the season? That too is over after the Wolverines sputtered last weekend at Ohio State.
Now the focus is on a Big Ten schedule that will test Burke and his teammates plenty over the next few weeks. No. 5 Michigan plays at No. 9 Minnesota on Thursday night, part of a nine-game stretch for the Wolverines that began with the loss to the Buckeyes and will eventually include six road games.
Minnesota (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds, and the Golden Gophers will challenge a Michigan team that has done a terrific job limiting second chances this season. The Wolverines (16-1, 3-1) have been preparing for another physical game around the basket.