Michigan coach John Beilein expects to see some sort of full court havoc Tuesday night against Texas at Crisler Center.

Michigan coach John Beilein expects to see some sort of full court havoc Tuesday night against Texas at Crisler Center.

Another week provides another test for the Michigan basketball program against a major conference opponent.

A week prior, Virginia Tech stunned the Wolverines with a come from behind 73-70 victory in the B1G/ACC Challenge.

Now Texas (4-3) invades Crisler Center for a late Tuesday night match-up as Michigan (6-2) looks to improve on it's up and down non-conference start. 

"A really high level basketball team coming to our arena and playing in front of our fans," Michigan coach John Beilein said Monday. "It's been sort of part of the plan as you see us trying to, whether we have to go on the road first or stay at home first, get these good home and homes with some really high level programs, good brands. 

"It's a busy week and we've got to take care of business first with Texas who is young and extremely talented. We'll have to play really well."

The Longhorns have struggled to replace point guard Isaiah Taylor, unable to find a suitable replacement in the early going.

Shooting just 27-percent from beyond the three-point line, Texas looks to get the ball in the paint to Jarrett Allen, James Banks or Shaquille Cleare, all of whom can cause problems for the Wolverines.

With the issues in the backcourt, Texas comes in looking a little differently than the Longhorns likely will in the seasons to come.

"Shaka still has probably more than he had last year when we played them, that havoc full court defense," Beilein said. "They're playing some zones, they've got a lot of good action going on and we'll have to play well. 

"Our guys are excited about this opportunity, we'll have a great crowd and it'll be fun to get out on the court again. This'll be our third game in seven days, something we see a lot in the Big Ten so it's been good to see us go through that schedule this week."

While Texas' defensive numbers are down, unable to force the amount of turnovers like past teams under Shaka Smart, Beilein says the Longhorns create enough pressure to cause shot clock situations, shortening possessions.

Given the slower progression of freshmen back court members Xavier Simpson and Ibi Watson, it'll be imperative for veterans Derrick Walton Jr. and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman to get the Wolverines into the offensive sets.

"I know our strengths and weaknesses," Beilein said. "I don't always give some of those away, but I think we've got enough guys on the team that as Shaka continues to build his program at Texas and they get more athletic, the more athletic they'll be and the more he can do those things. 

"I watch him grow all year long but we do have to take care of the ball."


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