Trey Burke says Indiana, not Michigan State, is the toughest team Michigan's played this year
The Wolverines dropped a hard-fought eight-point decision at Indiana earlier this month. At Michigan State? The Wolverines were pounded, losing by 23 points, their worst loss of the season by far.
But who is the toughest team Michigan's played this year?
Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke was asked that very question Thursday on the Big Ten Network. His answer?
"Probably Indiana," Burke said. "They have a really good team, they have a lot of pieces. They have a good point guard, good wings, a good big man and a good coach.
"And they have a lot of good bench players. It was tough going in there (trying to get) a win. Obviously we didn't, but we have another shot at them."
Burke and the Wolverines (22-4, 9-4) will play host to Indiana on March 10. Michigan will host Michigan State on March 3.
Before both of those games, Michigan will host Illinois on Sunday (1 p.m., ESPN) and visit Penn State on Wednesday.
The Wolverines are still looking to rebound from a recent 1-3 stretch against the league's top teams (Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State). Burke admitted that stretch was extremely difficult.
But he also added that his team learned its lesson as well.
"It was definitely tough," Burke said. "Those are some of the top teams in the country. ... To be able to go through that stretch and learn from it, we didn't finish it the way we wanted to, but we watched film on it, learned from it and got better from it.
"We just watched things on defense and offense, and just the way we played. I don't think we played with enough intensity in some of those games. We came out kind of slow, and just expected some of those teams to just give us the game. We definitely learned from it. We (need to) communicate more on the defensive end, try to get out more in transition and get everybody going early on."
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