Video: John Beilein Addresses Media After SVSU


Here is video from John Beilein’s post-game press conference after Michigan’s 68-59 win over Saginaw Valley State. Highlights are after the jump, for those of you that prefer reading your news.

  • Had some opportunities to pull away, didn’t take advantage. Had a lot of young guys out there figuring it out.
  • Thought the defense was good, the “value of the ball” was good, but didn’t shoot the ball very well. For two freshmen (Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr.) the lights were on for the first time and they struggled a little bit with their shots.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. has been under the weather, saw a little of that today. Both he and Smotrycz have been shooting real well in practice.
  • Pleased with Smotrycz’ nine rebounds despite his poor shooting.
  • Was playing with the lineups all game, would have liked to get Eso Akunne in but wasn’t able to get the lead to that point.
  • Thought Matt did a good job coming off the bench, Colton can come in and make things happen. Doesn’t know how deep they’ll go as the season progresses.
  • Jordan Morgan’s 15 boards is a “good number against anybody.” Loved the fact that he was pulling them down in traffic. Passed the ball well, also.
  • Thought Darius played with a “great deal of poise,” has a much better understanding of “what it takes to direct a team.” Just want him to be “solid.”
  • “We’ve got to make shots.” Talked about how they can’t count on DeShawn Sims’ 15-20 points underneath. Makes it even more important to knock down open jumpers.
  • “We’re going to have trouble with those really quick teams,” thought Michigan played well on defense in the first half.
  • Still a lot of work to do, but the objective was to get everybody playing time.
  • Some not-great shot selection early, some bad defense in the second half. Going to have to play pretty efficient games to be successful.
  • Not trying to call so many plays, trying to get the players to read defenses and not rely on scripted plays so much.
  • Zack Novak played forward and in the backcourt [Ed: 26 minutes at the two, 7 minutes at the four by my count], seemed comfortable at guard. Need to find ways to get him open.
  • AG2

    It doesn’t surprise me that Novak played the 4. You can’t get around the fact that as small as he is, he’s the most skilled at that position and Michigan is going to need someone with experience if the freshmen aren’t playing well.

    Sigh, you just can’t sugarcoat 3-21 shooting from 3. I’m not trying to be mean, but I’m seriously questioning whether they really are shooting as well in practice as Beilein says they are.

    I have a bad feeling we’ll go 0-fer from 3 in a game this season.

  • Champswest

    Coach Beilein has it right, it is a work in progress and they will have to continue to get better all year long. For the first outing, I was pleased. We could have the best rebounding team since JB has been here, we have some size and we don’t have too many playing out of position (except for Stu at the point). It looks like Morris could make the kind of jump from 1st to 2ne year that Denard Robinson made. I like the way he was taking it to the rack. I think Morgan is going to get the major minutes at the 5. The team looked slow (Freshmen) and that will be an issue against faster teams. I am excited and looking forward to the next game.

  • Merlin

    Smotrycz is a going to be a very good player-he is very smooth out there and great form on his shot-he will really heat up in some games.

    Hardaway was not sharp today-guess he was sick.

    Morris and Morgan were solid. Morris played great D tonight and showed leadership even more than Zack.

    McLimans was not very good and Jon Horford should redshirt if today was any indication.

    Vogrich looks better but is still a defensive liability.

    We are a much bigger team but quick teams will give us trouble as Beilein said.

  • drae

    if you look at the box scores from other big time teams right now you notice that alot of the games are closer than you would think ie. Illinois really hasn’t played that will in the preseason… you can’t expect this team to come out and blow the doors off of most team… but i think that the chemistry is there and they’ll continue to get better as the year goes on… great to see Morris finally starting to show what he was known for in high school… slash to the hoop and take the defender off of the dribble… the more he does that the more open shots Hardaway, Novak and Smotz will get… also encouraging to see Morgan battle and get rebounds… he’ll be a big piece of the puzzle this year… like others have said on this site you can’t read much into preseason games… Coach B was mixing things up and seeing what pieces worked the best… you’ll see a more solid team in the next 2 games…

  • georgeesq.

    Novak did not play the 4, at least not much. Smotrycz and Christian played the 4 a combined 33 minutes.

  • Giddings

    J-Mo really surprised me. Amazingly watching the game it seemed like he had even more than 15 boards. Both he and Colton really hustled to loose balls and offensive boards. Darius looks improved. Smotrycz looks very smooth indeed, his game definitely has Robbie Hummell potential. Also liked watching Vogrich knock down midrange jumpers in the first half. Hardaway looked as good as advertised even though he was ill. Stu had a couple nice drives, but I was a little disappointed that Zack didn’t really make his presence felt.