Trey Burke has put his imprint on Michigan by making practices more competitive and thereby increasing the intensity level of his teammates.
"If I lose in something, I'm mad," Burke said. "I feel like the guy that beat me has an advantage over me, and I've got to beat him.”
Before speaking to the media on Wednesday, Burke was defeated by freshman Caris LeVert in a one-on-one drill.
"I'm trying to get back out there and play him right now,” said Burke, who would later report that he paid LeVert back with a 15-13 win.
Wolverines coach John Beilein said Burke’s competitiveness trickles down to even the most minute detail of practice.
"We were just scrimmaging, we had three different scrimmages," Beilein said. "Three different scoreboards ... and each one of them, he's the same. Competitive. He's the one telling our guys 'we're going to win this one, we're going to win this one.' That's his approach.
"It doesn't have anything to do with who we're playing, it's how he plays. There's personal challenges involved in some of those games, and you may want to let a sleeping dog lie a little bit -- the better the challenge, the more he responds individually."