Michigan coach John Beilein updated the status of senior Zak Irvin ahead of hosting Ohio State Saturday night.

Michigan coach John Beilein updated the status of senior Zak Irvin ahead of hosting Ohio State Saturday night.

After playing two games in three nights last week, Michigan has taken a much needed six day break between contests.

Coming off a 70-62 loss at Michigan State Sunday afternoon, the Wolverines are set to welcome a struggling Ohio State team to Ann Arbor Saturday evening at Crisler Center.

"Good week to just try and get better," Beilein said. "It's been a week of not a lot of Ohio State preparation as much as it's been trying to sure up holes and blind spots we have in our offense and defense. Hopefully that'll show itself in the weeks to come."

Clearly frustrated with his team's play up in East Lansing, Beilein noted senior wing Zak Irvin will be good to go against the Buckeyes after dealing with the flu in scoring no points against the Spartans.

At 4-5 in the Big Ten conference, the Wolverines know the room for error is smaller and smaller by the day as the month has shifted to February.

"I think we're very committed, all on board, understood it," Beilein said. "Not to use it as an excuse but Zak's flu was in retrospect right now probably shouldn't have played him as much. He said he felt okay but his game wasn't up to how his spirit was. It was really disappointing. 

"Michigan State had a great plan and played us really well. At the same time, we did not play with the same precision and physicality you have to play with on offense."

One area of the offense Michigan continues to look at is added low post play with the development and increased production of D.J. Wilson and Moe Wagner.

Moving forward, Beilein says it'll be an emphasis not only for the rest of this season but also for the future look of this team.

"A little bit for now and a whole lot for later," Beilein said. "If you look at Wisconsin and study Wisconsin's consistency, they've got three or four guys that can post, all kinds of tricks against them, they see it all and there's not a whole lot of timing involved. 

"Just get them open, make a good pass, get it in there and play off post action. We haven't done a lot of it."


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