Michigan needs to toughen up

Michigan big man Mitch McGary admits his team was "soft" against Duke. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

DURHAM, N.C. -- Mitch McGary missed the entire preseason with a nagging back injury, Nik Stauskas was battling a sore ankle, and Derrick Walton Jr. is still trying to adjust and fill the shoes of National Player of the Year Trey Burke.

But none of that is an excuse to get manhandled at Cameron Indoor Stadium by an undersized Duke team that already has dropped two games.

“We’re soft,” McGary said following the 79-69 loss that wasn’t quite as close as the score indicated. “We’re soft right now. That’s it.”