Michigan coach John Beilein looks ahead to Wednesday's match-up with Virginia Tech in the B1G/ACC Challenge at Crisler Center.

Michigan coach John Beilein looks ahead to Wednesday's match-up with Virginia Tech in the B1G/ACC Challenge at Crisler Center.

After seemingly everything went right for Michigan in New York, things came unraveled for the Wolverines in a Pre-Thanksgiving loss at South Carolina last week.

Picking up a win over Mount St. Mary's Saturday evening, Michigan now turns it's attention to the Virginia Tech Hokies and the B1G/ACC Challenge Wednesday night at Crisler Center.

"This challenge thing is a tremendous schedule thing for everybody," Michigan coach John Beilein said Tuesday.

"We get to have this home and away series that you don't know who you're playing every year but at least you know it's going to be a quality game. We've got a quality game on our hands."

An NCAA tournament bubble team a year ago, ultimately falling short and qualifying for the postseason NIT, Virginia Tech, much like Michigan, returns several key contributors.

The Hokies are off to a 5-1 start, the only blemish coming in a three-point loss to Texas A&M at the Wooden Legacy in California.

"They've got everybody back," Beilein said. "It's a really good team, a really smart team. They shoot the ball really well. Remind me a lot of some of the better teams we've had where they just have a lot of shooters and a lot of guys that can just see the floor.

"I've got a lot of respect for what Buzz (Williams) has done there in the time he's been there to get this program where, they're going to be a formidable opponent in the ACC this year."

Virginia Tech has four players averaging double figures, totaling just shy of 82-points per contest while shooting darn near 50-percent from the floor.

Looking at the Hokies, Beilein sees some similarities to Big Ten conference foes, at least when it comes to tempo.

"This is the first game we're going to play where it has some Indiana, Michigan State tendencies to it where that ball is going to come through the basket and be pushed up the floor right down our throat," he said.

"If our transition defense is not good, they will get 80 on us. We're going to have to get back."


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