ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With Michigan's victory over Penn State during the weekend, it had surpassed its win total from a year ago. Despite things looking up in terms of team cohesiveness, the real test is the upcoming stretch for the Wolverines. Facing difficult opponents in Indiana and MSU to name a few, the Wolverines know that coming out on top is a priority.
Of course, the focus is one game at a time. The one consolation for Tuesday's game is that the Wolverines have Indiana at home, something point guard Derrick Walton Jr. feels like could be an advantage for his team.
"We've got a really tough one coming," Walton said. "Luckily we have them at home so Crisler will be all jacked up for itus, hopefully we can feed off that energy. We're coming around to the meat of the schedule, it's pretty tough and we're really looking forward to it."
Walton will certainly have his hands full with the Hoosiers squad and one player in particular he will focus a lot of his time on in senior guard Yogi Ferrell. Ferrell is the clear team leadering, averaging about 30 minutes and 17 points per game. Although Walton couldn't play against Indiana last season, he knows what Ferrell is capable of.
"I saw him play in high school and he was good," Walton said. "I didn't get to play against him last year but my freshman he played really well against us. I just know he's involved in a lot of what they do."
Walton was asked about what Ferrell does best and was very complementary, including a respect level from one guard to another.
"What's interesting about him is he's not shy about mixing it up," Walton said. "I kind of respect that about him. He won't shy away from guarding really bigger guys, kind of similar fashion to myself, doesn't shy away for it. He makes the right plays for his team, I respect that about him."