Video, Notes and Quotes: John Beilein on 59-33 Win Over Ferris State


It wasn’t pretty, but Michigan got the ‘W’ in a 59-33 victory over Ferris State. Here is video along with notes and quotes of what John Beilein had to say after the game:

Notes and quotes after the jump.

  • It’d be fair to say that the defense is a little ahead of the offense right now. Still trying to figure out ways to score, but very pleased with the defense.
  • On Burke not starting: He was late for team walk-through today, so “it was an easy decision. He’s a really good kid but he was late enough so that it wasn’t like a one-minute thing. He’ll learn from it and he’ll get better from it.” Said it was a pretty typical freshman mistake, not a big deal.
  • Burke will also have some “other things to do tomorrow in practice.” In other words, he better come ready to run. A lot.
  • On Douglass: “One of the things I really want Stu to do is think like a 2 guard instead of always running the team. I want him to hunt things. I really value a guy that comes off the bench that can score.” Trying to create opportunities for Stu to score.
  • Horford and Morgan are having trouble finishing in crowds. Both are playing a little tentative.
  • On Akunne, who played a surprising 7 minutes: “He’s been practicing well. Some people needed a rest so he got in there and did a good job.” Colton Christian had a good week of practice as well, but “we just can’t get them all in there.”
  • Smotrycz, who had 14 points, including three 3-pointers, often “beats himself up” if he misses a shot. Working on changing that. Tonight was a step in the right direction.
  • Douglass and Smotrycz were both scoreless last week against Wayne State, but against Ferris they led the team with 14 points a piece. “Those two guys need to find ways to get us points…they have to be more than just jump shooters.” Stu had a great drive to the basket today where he “looked like a driver.” Trying to do more of that with both him and Evan.
  • Smotrycz has taken his game to “another level” – diving on the floor, taking charges, playing defense.
  • Came out of the second half trying to get the ball inside after struggling to make shots in the first. “That’s when you gotta take it to the basket, you gotta throw the ball inside, you can’t be afraid to back cut, and you gotta get to the foul line.”
  • Hardaway posted up a little more often than usual. But whethere it’s on the inside or outside, Hardaway is “gonna be guarded by their best defensive player probably every game, and he’s got to be ready for that.”
  • On the 21-1 run to end the game: “I saw us going after the ball so we can start the fast break…I thought we were in very good shape at the end.” Key is getting stops and handling the ball efficiently when you get those stops.
  • Not sure if Horford (who had 0 points) or Morgan will start on Monday. Gonna have to watch the film and evaluate this weekend. But with 7 or 8 scoring contributors, you’re going to have guys who don’t score. Last week it was Smotrycz and Douglass, tonight it was Horford.
  • Hardaway did a good job getting his own shots and driving to the basket when he could.

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  • Chris

    Trey Burke is named starter and he is late for the team walk through?  YIKES.

  • Bill

    Rivals has MSU #11 2012 after signing Harris.

  • A2JD

    Did they fix the scoreboards?

    • sane1


  • South Florida Maize Rage

    What does everybody think about potentially starting Smot at the 5? Seems like Morgan and Horford are both struggling a little bit. This would allow Burke to start at the point and Stu at the 2. THJ at 3 and move Novak back down to the 4. Then all five players on the floor have the 3-point range. That lineup together looked really good late in the game…

    • MGoTweeter

      I like that lineup and we saw a lot of that lineup with Morris instead of Burke last season.  The big thing is that they have to score to make up for the deficiencies they will have on defense and on the glass.  Smotrycz may be our best post player right now.  He does a good job using his body on D and moving his feet, plus he showed off a nice post move for a score tonight.  

      I do, however, think that people are getting too wrapped up in who is starting.  Especially this early in the season.  I don’t think we have seen a Beilein coached Michigan team have the same starting lineup at the end of the year, as they did at the beginning.  Right now it is just all about figuring out what is going to work and who plays well together.  

    • maxwell’s demon

      It seems like potentially a good idea when we can get away with it, but I don’t think Smot can’t truly bang with legit big men.

  • GregGoBlue

    Really liked what I saw out of Evan Smotrycz tonight. He is taking the ball to the hoop aggressively, rebounding in traffic and playing some great defense. Much improved from last year. Kudos Evan! Now the big question is consistency, which plagued him last year… We shall see on Monday. 

  • Wayman Britt

    Didn’t see the game, but it looks like we aren’t getting much production out of Horford or Morgan for the first two games.  Just wondering what people think?  Is it just a slow start for them?, or Morgan going to be lost without Morris feeding him easy baskets? What seems to be going on?

  • Patrick

    What is the deal with sitting Carlton for most of the game? Is here in the dog house?

    • sane1

      Just not ready for prime time. Beilein doesn’t just isolate guys and have them go one on one. The offense has to have a flow and the players have to read the defenders. Brundidge is not up to speed yet, or he would be playing more.

      • Sven187

        Clearly nobody else in our offense is either. Why not throw him out there?

  • Polisci

    I think Morgan, in particular, and Horford will be fine once Morgan starts and Horford comes off the bench. 

  • hailtrueblue

    How come I can never see the videos?

    • What browser are you using? 

      • hailtrueblue

        firefox. I use to be able to see them, but now there is just a big white space.