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No matter how far these Wolverines advance, there’s a sense that the program might finally be turning a corner because of how much young talent is on the roster. Hardaway, Jordan Morgan and Evan Smotrycz are all freshmen, and Morris is a sophomore. Hardaway and Morgan have started every game this season, and Morris has started all but one.

“We finished fourth in the Big Ten, in a very close tie for fourth, and we’d like to get to the top of the Big Ten,” Beilein said. “We do like this foundation right now. We think it’s got a higher ceiling than we are right now.”

As excited as Beilein is about facing Tennessee, he’s also thrilled about the new basketball player development center being built next to Crisler Arena. The arena itself is also being renovated _ some seats in the upper level had already been removed when the team watched the selection show there on Sunday night.

“I think what we’re doing right now, when you see those seats removed and you see that foundation going up over there … people know we’re serious about Michigan basketball. We’re not resting on the block ‘M’ _ we know that we have to compete,” Beilein said. “It’s still an arms race in so many different ways, and we’re doing everything we can to keep up.”