Video: John Beilein Previews Wisconsin

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Here’s John Beilein on what his team needs to do to beat the Badgers tomorrow. The video is split up into two parts today. The second part begins with him talking about Evan Smotrycz. As usual, notes and quotes are after the jump. Make sure to check out the interviews with Jordan Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. below as well.

  • It’s rare to be in a position at the end of the season where you have the chance to play enough upper-tier teams to put you into the field of 68. “We have opportunities here, we’re going to do everything we can to take advantage of them.”
  • “We hope that as the year goes on our team improves mentally and the game slows down.” The difference between Michigan’s freshmen and Wiscosnin’s seniors was very evident in the first game.
  • Must avoid fouling, but Wisconsin is great at drawing them.
  • On how Wisconsin slows the game down: “If you go down and you have a wide-open look, you got to have the swagger to take it. At the same time, you know that if you don’t make it you’re going to spend another 30 seconds on defense.”
  • On Jordan Taylor: Whatever you try to take away from him, he just sees it … and takes something back from you.” Great vision, plays 35 minutes per game with one turnover per game.
  • Not sure if Michigan will try to pick up the pace. Will keep working until they get the right shot.
  • Jordan Taylor is “very comparable” to Darius Morris in his freshman and sophomore years. Played off Trevon Hughes last year, has improved his jumpshot tremendously this year.
  • On Zack Novak’s charge-taking against Iowa: “I think he understands whether he is in the right position or not, and I do as well.” Said he’s confident those reviewing the tape will make the correct decision if those were good calls or bad calls.
  • Stu will be starting against Wisconsin. “That’s four good starts we’ve gotten off to. It makes sense.”
  • On Tim Hardaway Jr.: “Everyone’s confidence is going to be enhanced when they have success. And the last month or so, he’s really had some consistent play.”
  • Mith

    Illinois 8-10 from 3 in the first half and they trail OSU 47-32. Of course, they have 10 TOs and OSU has none, so that might explain it.

  • JimC

    8/10 – That is amazing.

    I just hope Minn wins tonight. I’m sick of all the MSU media suckups.

  • SubAlum_06

    Min leads 16-8 @ 8 min mark first half. Looks like the Washington Generals vs. the Washington Generals

    • Tweeter

      yes. this game is both poorly played and poorly officiated. I agree with what Jim Jackson said regarding both teams looking nervous. They seem to be playing not to make mistakes instead of just making plays.

  • gpsimms

    hahaha durrell summers is an idiot.

  • Azad

    it’s amazing how much of a one man squad Michigan State is…we should be able to beat these guys again

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    This MSU/Minnesota game is just brutal. Minnesota can still defend and rebound but man their offense is brutal. Painful game to watch.

    • Azad

      If we play how we’ve been playing we should have chances to beat both of these teams

  • AG2

    Minnesota, Michigan, MSU. 2 of these teams are going dancing, one is not.

    • georgeesq.

      Minnesota has to beat us or they’re out.

      • Dylan Burkhardt

        Minnesota has to win out, or they are probably out. A Michigan win tomorrow should put them in a really good spot but, with Minnesota’s RPI down to 49, it might be curious where they end up if they keep losing.

        • Giddings

          Not quite sure whether tonight’s result was good for us or not. As Dylan mentioned, Minnesota’s RPI is plummeting, and if we beat them on Saturday it will no longer count as a Top 50 win (unless they make a run in the BTT). Of course if they drop out of the Top 50 it makes our record vs. the Top 50 2-7 rather than 2-8, which looks slightly better. Plus, if Minnesota tanks then that opens up another tourney spot. Who knows…

          MSU’s win should pretty much guarantee that they finish in the Top 50, which makes our win/win(s?) look better. They could even sneak into the Top 25 if they beat Purdue on Sunday.

    • Jeff

      I think MInnesota is done. One thing you have to remember is, when you’ve lost players, the committee looks at how you’ve been playing without those players. Minnesota beat NC and WVU when they had Joseph and Nolen. Since those two went out, they have been, quite frankly, terrible. The last thing the committee wants is a team that’s going to get smoked in the first round. Basically, they need to win 3 in a row to make it, againt us, NW and PSU. I don’t think they will.

  • KRN

    Glenn Robinson III scored 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 71-48 win over Hammond Morton.

    http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/high-school/boys-basketball/article_51d77aa4-16f4-5e65-bab3-0733a9f7fa4d.html

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      Our friend Joe Eberhardt was there! We’ll have a full report, scouting, video, and interview coming up.

      • KRN

        Nice