ANN ARBOR, Mich. – While on paper Bryant doesn’t pose much of a threat, it still isn’t stopping Derrick Walton Jr. from keeping his team focused with a “one game at a time” approach in non-conference play.
“(We) take it one game at a time,” Walton Jr. said when asked how U-M approaches their non-conference schedule as of late. “That’s what we preach everyday.”
Adding: “Each and everyday we try to go 1-0 each and every game. With that approach that makes you think no ahead or behind, it makes you stay in the moment. You do everything possible in your will to help you team get victorious that night.”
Lately, the Wolverines have been handling their business, winners of three straight games with a 9-3 record as they prepare for Bryant (2-7), with Illinois up next on Dec. 30 to start Big Ten play.
And when asked if U-M could’ve have done better in its non-conference play? Walton Jr. had his thoughts.
“It could be a lot better -- of course,” Walton Jr. said of U-M’s preseason schedule. “There is teams all across the I think that could’ve played better non-conference season. But you know those things we went through is something to learn from.
“So in actuality it’s not a bad thing at all. So we found some things, some holes in our team as a unit that we probably we wouldn’t of been able to see if we would’ve played five or six games without equal competition. Going to N.C. State and Xavier and teams like that, let us find out a lot about ourselves.”
Michigan plays host to Bryant on Wednesday at 7 p.m.