John Beilein Meets with Media Before Kansas


Here’s video of John Beilein discussing Michigan’s upcoming game with 3rd-ranked Kansas on Sunday and a little bit on the loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday:

Notes and quotes are after the jump.

  • “Wisconsin set a new standard of playing with efficiency, especially in the second half.” Thinks his team knows they’re on the right path but they still have things they need to shore up.
  • Doesn’t see a problem with adjusting from Wisconsin’s slow, methodical style to Kansas, who is more athletic and fast-paced. “It is different, but we just have to adapt.”
  • In the middle of a very tough stretch of the schedule, but thinks it’s important to “Bring a great team to Crisler when our students are here.”
  • On why his team seems to play well for these big out-of-conference mid-season games at home (Duke in 2008-09, Connecticut last year): “I think we have a lot of pride number one in the Big Ten. It’s a bit of a conference battle. We have a lot of pride in the University … I’m sure there’s a lot of extra adrenaline we’re going to have to come down to get ready for this game.”
  • On who Michigan plans on scheduling a home-and-home with next year: “We’re calling the usual suspects.” Going through the top-20 and picking whoever they think is a good match for Michigan. Slightly more daunting with the Maui field, but still have to do it. “I don’t want to think about the field.”
  • Jeff Meyer was the scout for this game.
  • On the tough 5-game stretch: “Our guys are just trying to find their classrooms today.” Doesn’t think they think about it that way. They go game-by-game.
  • “You maybe haven’t seen it in games, but we’ve seen some things in practice, especially between the freshman that are playing right now: Jon, Jordan, Evan and Tim.”
  • Being a low-major and mid-major coach, Beilein never really had the opportunity to play these kinds of teams at home, only on the road. It’s a good opportunity.
  • Don’t feel any more pressure to win with it being a nationally-televised game, especially because the Big Ten Network reaches so many homes. Players are on TV so much that it’s not that big of a deal anymore.
  • Kansas is physical, and they play kind of like a Big Ten team.
  • Colby

    Any recruits going to be at the game on Sunday? Thanks

  • UMQuasi

    Skip Bayless and Joe Lunardi were picking the outcome of tomorrow’s game on 1st and 10. Of course, they both picked Kansas by double digits, but it’s nice that it’s perceived as a good enough game to get the mention in the first place.