“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
"I won't set my mind on any of that, but thank goodness we have four weeks of practice before our first game," Beilein said. "It would not be new to start freshmen, but (Burke's) got to prove in those first four weeks that he's ready for that."