Michigan Basketball: 2019-20 keys for Wolverines to beat Oregon

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ANN ARBOR, MI – DECEMBER 6: Eli Brooks #55 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after making a three point shot during the first half of the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Center on December 6, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan Basketball looks to rebound after their second loss of the year at Illinois on Wednesday. We take a look at what they need to do to win the game.

Michigan Basketball hosts Oregon on Saturday in the last game of their brutal seven-game stretch that has seen them play four teams ranked in the top 10. Michigan has fared well in the first six games going 4-2 with their only losses being on the road at Louisville and at Illinois.

The Wolverines fell to 1-1 in the Big Ten after their loss Wednesday at Illinois. They had trouble handling big man Kofi Cockburn and struggled to knock down threes in the loss. It was their second straight road loss, but get to return home to host the Ducks.

The teams almost met in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving but Oregon lost to Gonzaga in the semi-finals to face the Wolverines instead. The last time these two teams met was in the 2014 NCAA Sweet 16 when the Ducks beat the Wolverines when Derrick Walton Jr’s three-pointer fell just short.

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This game will be the first of a home and home series as the Wolverines will travel to Eugene next year to return the favor. It should be a fun two-game set between the teams that don’t get to see each other very often.

This game is the start of a three-game stretch for Michigan that ends their non-conference part of the schedule. If the Wolverines can win it would give them their third top-ten win of the year and probably keep them near the top five in the country.

We take a look at three keys for the Wolverines to pick up another big win and show the country that the Battle 4 Atlantis wasn’t a fluke.

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