Michigan basketball not giving up on the Big Ten title yet, but it's not obsessed with it either
"You think 14-4 wins a championship in this league?' Beilein asked in a video featured on MGoBlue.com.
In order to hit 14-4 in the Big Ten, Michigan (22-4, 9-4) needs to win its final five games -- a stretch that includes home dates against No. 1 Indiana and No. 4 Michigan State.
On top of that, the Wolverines need help. As both MSU and IU entered Tuesday two full games ahead of Michigan.
But is Michigan giving up on its goal to win a Big Ten title?
"Any goals we have are certainly still in place," Beilein said Monday. "We could still reach our goals with the Big Ten championship, but right now, the only focus we have is to get better today.
"(But) we're not in control of all that. We can control if we get better. If we get better and win some more games, if we win some more games we can be in that position."
Beilein insists Michigan isn't spending its time number crunching the Big Ten standings, the Wolverines are more worried about taking care of their own business.
Michigan's remaining regular season schedule (vs. Illinois, at Penn State, vs. Michigan State, at Purdue, at Indiana) features five opponents with a combined Big Ten record of 33-32.
Indiana, meanwhile, will play five opponents that have a combined league record of 40-25. Michigan State? Its final five games come against a total Big Ten record of 41-24.
Wisconsin is also sitting at 9-4, tied with Michigan for third place behind the Spartans and Hoosiers. The Badgers' final five-game stretch is easier than any of the other top four teams -- as Wisconsin faces five foes with a league mark of 23-42.
For the most part, Michigan has a manageable schedule down the stretch.
But right now, it's not worried about that either.
"Our focus is to get better every day," Beilein said. "One of the goals is to win the Big Ten championship, but you don't think about that goal all day every day, you think about 'let's get better every day.'
Last season, Michigan's hopes of a Big Ten title share appeared to be dashed on Feb. 25 with a home loss to Purdue. However, the Wolverines won their final two regular season games, and ended up in a three-way tie for the league crown.
It can happen, but once again, Michigan needs help.
And, according to Beilein, it's also important to remember that the Big Ten regular season crown isn't the only championship worth worrying about.
"The whole season is a journey to get better every day so you're in position to win a championship," Beilein said. "Whether it's the regular season, the league tournament or in postseason play.
"That's what we're doing."
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