No. 1 Michigan's battle at No. 3 Indiana, according to John Beilein, is 'what we signed up for'
But even he can't ignore the magnitude of this one.
When top-ranked Michigan (20-1, 7-1) travels to No. 3 Indiana (19-2, 7-1) on Saturday, it'll mark the first time in the history of the famed Assembly Hall that two teams ranked inside the top three will square off.
It's for the Big Ten lead, an inside track for a No. 1 seed and loads of national respect.
This is how you draw it up.
"This is what we all signed up for," Beilein said. "This is what we signed up for, isn't it? To be a coach at Michigan, to be part of a coaching staff at Michigan, the players, you came for this type of atmosphere.
"To be in Crisler the other night. To be at Assembly Hall. This is what we signed up for."
As far as regular season games go, this one has a bit of everything.
ESPN's College Gameday will provide a day-long national spotlight for two teams that have Big Ten title and Final Four aspirations.
It'll also showcase a pair of programs that appear to be on their way back to a high-level national stage after spending an extended period of time struggling in darkness.
"If you're at Indiana, you're going to play in some great games, you're going to play in some tremendous venues, starting with where you play your home games," Indiana coach Tom Crean told reporters Friday in Bloomington, Ind. "Gameday will take care of itself. Now, guarding Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway and Glenn Robinson, that's a different story."
As far as Michigan history is concerned, Indiana's Assembly Hall has been nothing short of a house of horrors.
The Wolverines are just 1-3 in Bloomington under John Beilein, but are just 2-20 since 1986.
But, as Beilein points out, this current Michigan club is a bit different than most of the teams that lost those games during that stretch.
"It's an away game with a huge crowd," he said. "(Our players) weren't here, I wasn't here for most of those (losses at Indiana).
"We just know it's exciting."
Assembly Hall, by nature, is always loud. But on Saturday, if it's possible, it may be even louder.
The game is obviously a sellout, as of Friday night, secondary market tickets were selling for as much as $900 on StubHub.com -- making it one of the hottest regular-season tickets the venue has seen in years.
The Hoosiers have played extremely well at home over the past two seasons. They knocked off No. 1 Kentucky there last season, they embarrassed Minnesota for a half earlier this year and they gutted out a win against Michigan State last week.
Generally a team that feeds off its home crowd during early portions of high-energy games, Indiana jumped out to a big lead against the Wolverines last season in Bloomington before holding on for a two-point win.
Earlier this season, Michigan fell behind by more than 20 at Ohio State, but managed to fight back enough before coming up short with a three-point loss.
On Saturday, Beilein says that trademark first-half Indiana run can't happen.
"Last year we got down by 10 or 12 or 13 or something and battled back, but you can't turn the ball over and you can't have shot turnovers," Beilein said. "It can't be where you decide 'well, I'm going to be a hero today and score 1 on 3.' That's a shot turnover. We can't have those.
"We're going to take quality shots, protect the ball and still, we run pretty well, too."
As for the whole crowd issue?
It'll be hot. It'll be sweaty. It'll be loud.
But, according to Beilein, it won't be that big a deal.
"It's no different than our place," Beilein said. "Our place, the other day, watch early in the game -- we blew a few coverages because we can't hear each other. We're used to it. There's just times you can't hear, and you have to be able to figure that out.
"I think loud is just loud. People get amped up, and loud is loud. Sometimes the shape of (the building) makes it seem like you're closed in a little more, but that just makes the victory even sweeter -- if you can get it."
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