ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan basketball will face its first true test of the season as it welcomes Xavier to Crisler on Friday night during the inaugrual Gavitt Tipoff Games 2015 meeting.
U-M basketball coach John Beilein made his weekly appearance on the WTKA "The Michigan Insider" radio station Thursday morning to give an update on his team and also preview the upcoming game against Xavier.
Beilein noticed one thing in particular when it comes to the Musketeers. They're consistent in March.
"They are more than a tournament team," Beilein said. "I think five of the last eight years they've been in the Sweet Sixteen. Michigan has been in two in the last 20 so this is a great team. Really, really good basketball team."
Taking one glance at the Xavier roster reveals a heavy Detroit presence on the roster. Beilein knows the local talent on the Musketeer's very well as he once upon a time recruited players to U-M with his staff.
Despite the familiary, Beilein still recognizes the challenge ahead for his team.
"They'll be at the top of the Big East, they're experienced and won't have many young guys playing," Beilein said. "They've got a great kid from Ypsilanti here, Jalen Reynolds, a big time player. Edmond Sumner is like a mini Caris LeVert, a skinny kid, he went to Country Day. Two or three local kids that are really great, several kids we recruited. We didn't get it or some consequences happened. Tremendous team, we need a packed house. We need to give it everything we got to win this game."