John Beilein addresses the media after Michigan’s 69-50 win over Bowling Green:
Video interviews of Darius Morris, Evan Smotrycz, Jordan Morgan, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Zack Novak can be found here. Full notes and quotes from Beilein can be found after the jump.
- Saw good things from the fast break, but hated the 13 turnovers. “I hated every time they made a shot.” Still feels like the team is starting to understand a little bit “about college basketball and all the things you need to do to be competitive.”
- Will be pointing out Zack Novak’s two fast-break blocks and all the times he dove on the floor in film tomorrow. Thinks the young players are looking at plays like that and seeing they need to do the same thing. Loved Blake McLimans taking “maybe the first charge in his life,” as well.
- Really liked how Darius Morris played in the first half. Has great handle and the ability to go into a crowd and see over other guards is crucial. Didn’t like what he did in the second half but still key to have him “triggering the fast break.”
- On Jordan Morgan: “When he’s in there and he’s really active, he can make a difference.” Lavall Jordan has done a wonderful job with Darius and coach Alexander has done a wonderful job on Jordan. When the jump hooks and such start falling, that will be even more progress.
- Has worked with Evan Smotrycz the last 4-5 days on handling pressure situations which probably helped him knock down some 3-pointers with a hand in his face. “He can shoot.”
- Regarding Tim Hardaway Jr.’s two quick fouls and the officiating in general, just wants to see those same calls made throughout the season. Consistency is what’s most important.
- On the 3-point shooting (47%): “We’re looking for opportunities off of just playing ball and looking for who’s open.”
- Thought post defense was okay considering they just started working on defending how Bowling Green gets the ball in the post to days ago. More dribble penetration than entry pass-based. “Just okay.”
- Just wants to get to the point where everyone on the team knows how to play either zone or man, hard to project how much they’ll play of each this year.