Derrick Walton Jr. says Michigan's identity is not turning the ball over, reinforced in practice

Derrick Walton Jr. says his team's identity is not turning the ball over, which is reinforced in practice.

Michigan has been able to keep its turnover rate very low this season, which could be key against a team like Louisville who has a complex defense and could cause some disruptions to a white-hot Wolverines offense.

U-M senior Derrick Walton Jr. says the turnover rate being so low is no coincidence. It's stressed daily, every day at practice and during games. Walton says that if the team turns it over in practice, there's a price to pay.

Something that has been key for the Wolverines taking care of the ball.

"Well, first and foremost, if we turn the ball over in practice, there's a consequence," Beilein said. "So our coach really values not turning the ball over and making sure we get the best possible shot each and every possession. I think as a team, our identity, that's something we've came to means with it and making sure we get a shot every time down the floor and make sure we pass the ball to the guys on our team."

What exactly is that punishment?

"It varies," Walton said. "running to the top of our gym or just being taken out of the drill. It's just one of the things that we still know we don't want to turn the ball over."

While the Cardinals are preparing for the Golden State Warriors, the Wolverines will have some challenges of their own. Like Wilson has mentioned, Lousiville's ability to crash the offensive glass will be an issue.

Something Walton reiterated once again.

"They're a really good coached team," Walton said. "They're really athletic, really long. They attack the glass on the defensive and offensive side. They pose a different threat just with their length and athleticism, so we're doing some things to make sure we keep those guys off the glass."


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