Michigan will resume its hoops season Sunday with a lead in the B1G race, but the Wolverines will not have much time to get back up to speed if they want to keep that lead.

On Jan. 23, the university went into an athletics pause for all programs. That impacted the basketball schedule as the team postponed games against Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Illinois.

Friday morning, head coach Juwan Howard met with the media to discuss Michigan’s return and outlook moving forward. Though he declined to discuss the postponed game against Illinois as it was not his decision, Howard hammered home his enthusiasm to get the Wolverines back on the court.

Zach Shaw with 247 Sports shared Howard’s comments:

The Wolverine Mag also shared Howard’s comments on what he expects to see in Sunday’s game and the possibility of making up the postponed games over the remaining stretch of the schedule:

Michigan previously beat Wisconsin soundly at home this season, but it will be a different challenge with a Wolverines squad that is likely due some rust in the game against the Badgers. Wisconsin is also 1.5 games back in the race for the B1G and will be looking for revenge and to keep pace with Michigan.

Sunday’s showdown is set for 1 pm EST on CBS.