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Michigan faces an uphill battle on the road this season.
The Big Ten Conference looks deeper than ever this season, which means none of the Michigan Wolverines' nine remaining games away from the Crisler Center are going to be easy victories.
However, the Wolverines will be able to win at least five of those contests in unfriendly territory.
Michigan's league opener against the Northwestern Wildcats should end with the Wolverines on top. Road contests against the struggling Purdue Boilermakers and Penn State Nittany Lions should not be overlooked, but a loss in either of those games looks unlikely.
The Wolverines have struggled against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center, though this Michigan team finally looks like it has the pieces to steal one on the road from head coach Bo Ryan.
If Michigan is able to hold serve in those four games, it will only need one victory in five tilts with ranked opponents to finish above .500 on the road.
Trips to Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Value City Arena in Columbus and the Breslin Center in East Lansing seem to be the least likely places for the Wolverines to come away with wins, but Michigan should be able to steal games from the Illinois Fighting Illini and Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Michigan has beaten Minnesota seven of the last eight times the two teams have met, and the Wolverines proved they could go to Champaign and top the Fighting Illini a year ago.
Every game in Big Ten play is a must-win. Defending home court is also a necessity—though the team with the most road victories could decide who takes home the league crown in 2012-13.