Michigan coach John Beilein says his Wolverines will be focused heading into Rutgers, treating the remaining Big Ten games as must wins.

Michigan coach John Beilein says his Wolverines will be focused heading into Rutgers, treating the remaining Big Ten games as must wins.

After a gritty but disappointing overtime loss at Minnesota Sunday night, Michigan remains in a must win mindset with four Big Ten games left.

Hitting the road for Rutgers Wednesday night, the Wolverines understand the task at hand.

"I know you look at their record but look at the scores instead of their record and you'll see just watching this team, they are going to be the best rebounding team we've played all year," Michigan coach John Beilein said.

"We are obviously not a great rebounding team and that's a tough match-up for us. They have a lot of experience in that back court now with Williams and Sanders."

In the middle of a four game in 10 days stretch, the sprint to the finish won't be an easy one for the Wolverines, sitting at 7-7 in conference play and still likely on the outside looking in for the NCAA tournament.

With that type of pressure in mind, moving on from the dramatic loss against the Golden Gophers remains paramount.

"I think we've been pretty good at bouncing back," Beilein said. "You win three in a row and everything's good, you're only as good as your last game. You lose a game and it's like the end of the world.

"It's very difficult on these guys and on the coaching staff when it's that close. Once that ball goes up in our practice today, nobody will be thinking about that game, we'lll be thinking about how do we somehow get out of here with a (win)."


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