Yes, the Michigan basketball team is tied with Michigan State atop the Big Ten Conference standings, but there are five improvements it still needs to make before the most important month of the season. Without taking steps forward in the following areas, the Wolverines will be hard-pressed to return to the Final Four in April.
That being said, the Maize and Blue are doing just fine right now. Michigan has already played its toughest road games and are nearly at the end of the most grueling stretch of its 2013-14 campaign.
The Wolverines can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. To get there as champions, however, and make yet another deep run in the NCAA tournament, they have to get better in these areas.