Michigan defeats Arkansas, 80-67

Mike Stobe

Trey Burke helps lead the Wolverines to their first 9-0 start since 1989, and Coach Beilein gets his 100th win.

Michigan certainly seems to be on a roll so far in the basketball season.

After starting at No. 4 and then getting bumped up to No. 3, things are looking good for John Beilein's young team. The Wolverines stayed undefeated as they faced Arkansas at home, getting Beilein's 100th win (Congrats, Coach!).

Highlights of the game, in case you missed it:

Our favorite Detroit News beat writer Bob "Wojo" Wojnowski gets his happy on:

There's a new ceiling for Michigan basketball these days, and it figuratively extends from the top of the polished Crisler Center straight to the shiny floor. You could argue the structure, from the arena to the team, looks as good as it ever has — and expectations are higher than they've ever been.

The Wolverines aren't some quick-shooting oddity anymore. They're deep, talented and feisty, and here's the notion that should warm Michigan fans — they're getting tough in the trenches, with the size and gumption to rebound.

Yes, football terms still bleed into basketball at Michigan, but John Beilein is developing something special enough to stand on its own. The Wolverines are 9-0 after their 80-67 victory Saturday over Arkansas, the program's best start since 1988-89, the only time it won the national championship.

This team has national-championship potential too, although Beilein winces when he hears talk about streaks and the No. 3 ranking. The Wolverines have played one ranked team (N.C. State) and still must traverse a brutally loaded Big Ten. But in a nationally televised showcase in front of an energetic crowd, they displayed a growing dimension.

More reserved excitedness from Stephen Nesbitt at The Michigan Daily:

John Beilein has always built his teams to maximize the talent on the roster. He’s just never had this much to work with before — never this much size, strength or speed.

The No. 3 Michigan men’s basketball team’s 80-67 victory over Arkansas on Saturday — Beilein’s 100th win at Michigan — showcased the delicate balance of powers woven together by Beilein, from an electric transition game to a dominating performance on the boards.

Beilein, a teacher-first kind of coach, is known for finding raw role players and cultivating them into legitimate college ballplayers. But now, thanks to a blockbuster freshman class and the return of sophomore guard Trey Burke, Beilein isn’t looking down the bench at walk-ons or overachievers; he’s got talent stockpiled.

There’s something special going on down at Crisler Center. Michigan is off to a 9-0 start for the first time since 1988-89 — the Wolverines’ last and only national championship season — and the third time in program history. In five of those wins, Michigan has led from start to finish.

M-Live comments on Trey Burke's "punished dunk" as the biggest storyline of the No. 3-ranked Wolverines:

There have been plenty of "that hasn't happened in a while" moments for the Michigan basketball team early this season.

The Wolverines have their highest national ranking (No. 3) in 18 years, and are 9-0 for the first time since the 1988-89 season, a year that concluded with Michigan's only men's basketball national championship.

And Saturday -- for the first time in forever -- Michigan was punished for dunking the ball too hard, as Trey Burke was whistled for a rim-hanging technical late in the team's 80-67 win over Arkansas.

You know it's a good sign when that's the biggest basketball news to M-Live.

Michigan goes on to face Binghamton (who? I don't know, Google them or something) on Tuesday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

Go Blue!

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