Michigan coach John Beilein reflects on the trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis, previews battle at N.C. State.

Michigan coach John Beilein reflects on the trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis, previews battle at N.C. State.

Overall, Michigan went 3-1 in the Battle 4 Atlantis including a 2-1 mark in the Bahamas.

Off to a 4-2 start this season, the Wolverines are getting closer to being 100-percent but still a long way from being ready for Big Ten conference play.

According to Coach John Beilein, signs of growth and a potential finished product are beginning to emerge.

"It was a great week we spent down in the Bahamas, I think we grew a lot as a team, saw some great competition, some great basketball," Beilein said Monday.

"I think we saw some great strides in some areas. When I saw Charlotte was leading most of the Washington game, it told us something about the potential we have but we're a long way from reaching that.

"We just have to keep working everyday to clean up a lot of things fundamentally so we can continue to be better defensively and offensively."

Beginning with a 74-60 loss to No. 18 Connecticut, Michigan rebounded with two straight wins including a 102-47 dismantling of Charlotte, setting a new single game tournament record.

Friday's finale found Michigan battling an improving Texas team under first year coach Shaka Smart, the Wolverines hanging on for a 78-72 win.

One of the bigger developments in the preseason tournament came from freshman forward Moritz Wagner.

Wagner scored a career-high 19-points in the win over Charlotte, following it up with seven-points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of action against the Longhorns.

"That's really been encouraging for all of us," he said. "You guys saw what I saw. He has a sense about him. First of all he has really good hands and second he has a good sense for where he is around the basket, he just puts it in.

"Where there's considerable dilemma sometimes for some of our guys that have a layup, he just has this instinct to go up and puts it in. He's still got to learn about defense, especially with a body like his compared to the bodies that he's playing."

The road doesn't get any easier for Michigan, set to hit the road for a Tuesday night match-up at N.C. State, as part of the B1G/ACC Challenge.

"Now we go into the challenge, the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and it's our first true road game so we'll have the music blaring today," Beilein said. "It'll be loud.

"First time, I don't care how many times guys have done it, the first time you go into it on the road it's always unique again so, it'll be a great environment and I think it'll be a great game."

Michigan/N.C. State tips off at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening in Raleigh.

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