Michigan coach John Beilein feels confident his team understands the situation heading into Northwestern Wednesday night.

Michigan coach John Beilein feels confident his team understands the situation heading into Northwestern Wednesday night.

A must win for both teams, Michigan heads to Northwestern Wednesday night in what should make for an exciting way to tip-off the month of March.

"Usually we have had a good number of Michigan fans there to this game," Michigan coach John Beilein said Tuesday. 

"I doubt if there's those type of tickets available with how good Northwestern has been this year. It's a great college atmosphere and two great storylines going on."

The Wildcats have been one of the darlings of the college basketball season, starting off Big Ten conference play 7-2, Northwestern has skidded to the finish.

Dropping five of the last seven games, the Wildcats are suddenly in a spot in which turning things around, and winning, are top of mind should the NCAA tournament be an attainable goal at season's end.

"I know what we're going to see," Beilein said. "We're going to see a really good team. The difference between winning and losing this time of year is so small. It could be the bounce of the ball or the officials."

On spring break this week, Michigan took Sunday off to rest legs and gear up for the final week of the regular season ahead of next week's conference tournament.

In a similar position last year, needing wins and several of them to get into the NCAA tournament, Beilein says he won't draw on that experience.

"Our kids know this, we talk about it all the time and they read the paper and listen to you guys and know we're in a situation now where we know we've got to play," he said. 

"We actually have played our best when our back is against the wall."


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