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Trey Burke and the Michigan Wolverines need to avoid let downs away from the Crisler Center to win the Big Ten title.
There are only four games remaining on the Michigan Wolverines' regular-season schedule, and two are away from home against opponents with sub-.500 records. The Maize and Blue can't afford to have a letdown in either one of those contests if they hope to win the Big Ten title.
The Penn State Nittany Lions will have the first crack at derailing Michigan's season on Feb. 27. Although the Nittany Lions are winless in Big Ten play, the Wolverines did not exactly run away with the first meeting between these two teams.
Michigan trailed Penn State for almost all of the first half before storming back in the second frame to pull away with a 79-71 victory in Ann Arbor.
Exactly one week later, the Wolverines will head to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Michigan dismantled Purdue, 68-53, the first time around, but this lightweight matchup could be more challenging than it looks on paper.
The tilt with Purdue is sandwiched between games against the Michigan State Spartans and Indiana Hoosiers.
The Wolverines should win both of these contests with relative ease. Michigan has to make sure it does not overlook either of them, though.