— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) December 10, 2013
The Arizona Wildcats have a game against regional rival New Mexico State tomorrow night before traveling Saturday to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face the unranked but hungry Michigan Wolverines.
The Wolverines (6-3) have all week to prepare for the Wildcats (9-0). The game will be played at a soldout Crisler Center, site of where No. 1 Duke lost on Dec. 13, 1997.
Michigan is 2-23 against the No. 1-ranked team, including 1-7 at home. The Wolverines lost seven straight games to ranked teams at Crisler Center from January 2010 to February 2011, but they have responded with a 7-1 record against such opponents at home since January 2012. The only loss was last season’s finale against No. 2 Indiana.
Arizona is the first No. 1 to play in Ann Arbor since March 3, 2007, when Greg Oden and Ohio State won 65-61 in the 2006-07 regular-season finale.
“It’s going to be big for us,” Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas is quoted as saying by MLive.com. “As far as our confidence goes, beating the No. 1 team in the country would be big for us. I think we’re going to be ready for it. We’re going to pumped for it. Our fans are going to be pumped up for it. We’re ready.”
Michigan coach John Beilein, who will coach his first game against Arizona, said during yesterday’s Big Ten teleconference that Arizona will not be affected one way or the other by being No. 1. The Wolverines were No. 1 in the 12th week of the season last year and subsequently lost at No. 3 Indiana.