Michigan coach John Beilein was impressed with his team in New York, now ready for first road test at South Carolina.

Michigan coach John Beilein was impressed with his team in New York, now ready for first road test at South Carolina.

Michigan's dominant performances at the 2K Classic directly led to some early non-conference hardware for the Wolverines.

At 4-0, Michigan now goes from the Wolverine alumni friendly confines of Madison Square Garden to a road test at South Carolina (4-0).

"First true road game, it's always a little bit interesting," Michigan coach John Beilein said Tuesday afternoon. "In all of the years we've been here they're always really big challenges. 

"South Carolina has a terrific team. They had two really good big men last year but they've got all those perimeter (players) back but those young kids playing inside are as physical as anybody we've seen, really posting up strong."

One discovery Michigan made in New York is the newfound size and presence underneath the basket in D.J. Wilson, Moritz Wagner and Mark Donnal.

Wilson's emergence has been particularly encouraging for Michigan, averaging eight points and 9.5 rebounds per game thus far.

Although undefeated, the Gamecocks come in without a true test in the early season. Regardless, Beilein has an idea of wha the Wolverines will be in for.

"Frank (Martin's) teams always play hard, they're going to really be aggressive defensively, try to turn us over, get steals," Beilein said. 

"We're going to have to be really good with our offense. Staying in front of them defensively is a challenge, great quickness on the ball and the three perimeter guys are shooting lights out right now."


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