ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) After winning the Big Ten and nearly reaching a second straight Final Four, John Beilein's Michigan team lost a few early entrants to the NBA draft.
That's become common for the Wolverines, but the departures - Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary - may be a bit harder to deal with this season.
"That is going to be really difficult to replace, and I know it's the same thing I said last year," said Beilein, who is entering his eighth season in Ann Arbor. "When you have young players, we refer to them as growing players. We don't want to get into using that as an excuse. They're growing. I like what I've seen."