Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY

Michigan feels it's recent gauntlet of games over the last week is enough prep for Friday's first round battle with Notre Dame in Brooklyn.

Michigan feels it's recent gauntlet of games over the last week is enough prep for Friday's first round battle with Notre Dame in Brooklyn.

Before Michigan could fully digest, let a lone even celebrate Wednesday's First Four victory over Tulsa in Dayton, the Wolverines were boarding a plane.
 
Arriving in Brooklyn at 4 a.m. Thursday morning, the Wolverines instantly began to shift focus to Notre Dame and a first round NCAA tournament match-up Friday night.
 
First though, Michigan had some important business to attend to.
 
"Got a lot of sleep this morning, which was nice," junior Zak Irvin said at the team's media session Thursday. "Got to catch up on some rest, just trying to fight fatigue."
 
When Michigan steps on the floor tonight for the 9:40 p.m. tip-off against the Irish, it'll be doing so for the fifth time in a seven day span.
 
The good news for the Wolverines is the 3-1 record over the last four thus far, not playing perfect but certainly doing enough for a chance to advance to the round of 32.
 
As Irvin put it, Michigan feels prepared.
"I think it kind of helped us, though, with the Big Ten Tournament, how we played three games in a row," he said. "That kind of got us ready for the NCAA Tournament. Tulsa was a great team. It was a hard fought game. We were able to win. 
 
"And obviously, Notre Dame is really good as well. So it's going to be really tough for us to learn everything they do. But at this time, it's more about the players and their place."
 
Former foes in the Big East for several years when John Beilein was the coach at West Virginia, there is a level of familiarity with Notre Dame and head coach Mike Brey.
 
There's a big difference though between Beilein understanding the Irish and his team having enough time to digest the entire scouting report prior to game time.
 
"There's definitely some history there, but at the same time, we're also just very focused on ourselves," sophomore Duncan Robinson said. 
 
"Just trying to improve our own game. Not just how you stop them, but also how we can be effective on both ends of the floor."

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