Michigan coach John Beilein said the sun came up following a road loss at Illinois as the Wolverines prep to host Nebraska Saturday.

Michigan coach John Beilein said the sun came up following a road loss at Illinois as the Wolverines prep to host Nebraska Saturday.

Michigan's poor start to conference play took another turn for the worse Wednesday night in an 85-69 road loss at Illinois. 

Dropping to 1-3 in the Big Ten, John Beilein continues to preach positive vibes on his Wolverines, still looking to climb out of this rut.

"The sun came up and we survived after the tough game at Illinois," Beilein said Friday afternoon. "We came in and watched some video yesterday, had a good talk about it and we worked on some of the issues that we've had as well as trying to get ready in the short term for Nebraska. 

"When you watch them play I'm not surprised at all where they sit in the league right now. With two road wins at Maryland and Indiana, that's something that the best teams in this league have not been able to do over time."

After dropping six of it's final eight non-conference games, Nebraska has rebounded nicely, off to an impressive 3-1 start in the Big Ten.

Led by 17.7 points per night from Tai Webster, along with blossoming sophomore Glynn Watson Jr.'s 14.6 average, the Cornhuskers appear to have turned a corner this season under Tim Miles.

"They're really playing well, their back court has become, with Webster who for a couple years was trying to find himself, has become one of the premier guards in the league," Beilein said. 

"Watson, last year, even in our win over them, he has a freshman, could see is going to be a good one. What they've been able to do now is get a bunch of guys nobody heard of besides those two, crash the boards like crazy. Their offensive rebounding is at 13 a game, which is high."

For Michigan, the focus continues to be in the mirror. With a defense that closely resembles swiss cheese as opposed to a sturdy road block, the Wolverines have allowed 77 plus points in three of the last four contests.

As Beilein noted Friday, the issue isn't schematically, this all comes down to guarding the man in front of you. 

"You have these points in a season, and we've had them in virtually every season, and most seasons we were able to bounce back from it," Beilein said. "You get these low points in a season and nothing seems to go right.

"I think a lot of teams in this league are going to have this issue. You guys have been, some of you, longer than me, and I don't think you've ever seen 14 teams that can beat any one of those teams any night. It was 11 when I got here and maybe six could do it. Now, it's seriously 14 teams."


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