Glenn Robinson III is averaving 12.9 points on the season but has reached double figures in just one of his last six games. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
Ann Arbor -- After a tough stretch of five games in 13 days, Michigan finally can get a breather.
The Wolverines (18-6, 10-2 Big Ten) celebrated their win at Ohio State on Tuesday with strength training Wednesday and an off-day Thursday before returning to the practice court Friday. No. 21 Wisconsin visits No. 15 Michigan on Sunday at the Crisler Center at 1 p.m.
The Badgers (20-5, 7-5) have won three straight and need a win to stay in contention for the regular-season conference title.
With a couple days to review game film and rest, Michigan can get back into a regular routine — at least a little less rigorous that its previous stretch.
“When you’re playing all those games, there’s not a lot of time for gaining strength, so we used the opportunity Wednesday to do that and took yesterday off and we’re ready to go on a normal two-day prep,” coach John Beilein said Friday.
“We’ll concentrate a lot on Wisconsin but we can get better on some things we want to clean up without worrying about being tired now that we had the day off.”
Beilein prodded the players to take advantage of the down time so they could recharge and be ready for Sunday. After the Wisconsin game, the Wolverines don’t have another game until Feb. 23 -- the showdown against Michigan State at Crisler Center.
“I wanted to just stay out of the gym because when you have a day off, but you’re going to three classes, it’s not really a day off,” Beilein said. “I don’t think we’ve had a Sunday off yet. We all needed it whatever way we could get it and next week try to get some more.”
Last week, Beilein announced Mitch McGary was beginning his rehabilitation from back surgery. While Beilein didn’t have a substantive update this week, he did say that doctors continue to work with trainer John DoRosario.
Though no one has ruled McGary out for the season after his Jan. 7 surgery, Beilein said it wasn’t on the team’s horizon.
“I know that he’s still involved in rehab,” Beilein said. “(A return this season) is not in our plans right now, but you would never know. I don’t think anybody’s planning that right now.”
Wisconsin at Michigan
Tip-off: 1 Sunday, Crisler Center, Ann Arbor.
Records: No. 15 Michigan (18-6, 10-2); No. 21 Wisconsin (20-5, 7-5 Big Ten).
Notable: Michigan won the earlier meeting on Jan. 18, its first win at the Kohl Center since 1999 but the Badgers enter on a three-game win streak.