Video of John Beilein from today’s media availability is below. Notes and quotes are after the jump.
- “We had a day yesterday of just getting everything together.” Said a lot goes into preapring a team to play in the NCAA Tournament.
- The two days of practice today and tomorrow will be “a lot about us, but also a bit about or opponent, Tennessee.”
- Haven’t found that the adage that you need great guard play and experience in order to succeed in the NCAA Tournament to be true. “Playing in the Big Ten I think prepared us for this.”
- “Tennessee is a great opponent and they’re such a talented team, but our guys have been playing talented teams in high-pressure situations in what seems like every game (in the past month).”
- Said they’ll put the “bubble” up on the rim so no shots can fall and just “box out, box out, box out,” to prepare for Tennessee’s rebounding. “They do have great length … And we do need our guards to secure rebounds.”
- On the game time: “For me personally, the earlier the better because that’s a long day. Sometimes you just have to say, ‘you can’t do anymore.’ I always like playing the noon kind of games.”
- “(Tennessee) gets a lot of run-out baskets, and they average about seven steals a game.” Said that part of their games reminds him of Purdue.
- “I know our weaknesses … I knew where they were two years ago and I know where they are now.” Said his job is to shore those weaknesses up as much as possible before the Tournament.
- Said one of the reasons Michigan hasn’t struggled against bigger teams as much as people thought was that there aren’t a lot of great post players who just get the ball down low and are expected to do something with it. “There aren’t a lot of Jared Sullingers out there.”
- Double-teaming the post has been a strength late in the season, hopes to get better at it as the years go by. Takes a team that “feels the game really well.” Can lead to layups and open 3-pointers if done wrong.