The 2013-14 Michigan basketball team was tested for the first time last Sunday at Iowa State. This week, the Wolverines will likely face two more stiff tests and one opponent they should have no trouble disposing of at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Maize and Blue will open up with Long Beach State on Thursday afternoon. Seeing as the 49ers are shooting a dismal 37.7 percent from the field through their first four games, there is no reason for Michigan to stumble. Expect a performance and margin of victory somewhere between its clashes with UMass-Lowell and South Carolina State.
After the opening round, the competition will take a major step up as either Florida State or VCU await. Georgetown appears to have an easy road to the championship game, which would be another stiff test.
Plenty of conclusions will be drawn by the end of this weekend. Five things in particular are worth observing more than anything else, though.