Notes & Quotes: John Beilein on Big Ten Teleconference, Burke Named Freshman of the Week


10337671-large[1]Though there is no media availability before Michigan takes on Arkansas Pine Bluff tomorrow, John Beilein took part in the season’s first Big Ten Teleconference this morning. Beilein noted that the starting lineup is “pretty solidified,” but he’s still searching for a rotation off the bench. Here’s notes and quotes of that and everything else the coach had to say.

  • First a couple newsworthy bits: Trey Burke was named Big Ten Freshman of the week for the second time this season.
  • Michigan is ranked No. 18 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll joining fellow Big Ten teams: Ohio State (3), Wisconsin (15), Illinois (19),  Indiana (20) and Michigan State (23). The Wolverines held at the No. 20 slot in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
  • Belein was pleased with a “quality” win over Oakland, now on to Pine Bluff and Alabama A&M as they continue to inch closer to the Big Ten season.
  • Exams start Thursday and go through next Thursday, “so like every campus, we’ve got a lot going on.”
  • Trey Burke has performed “atypical” of most freshmen. “It’s unusual to have a void at the starting position like we had with point guard. He was able to come in and work hard and he earned it, there’s no question about it. But now for him to be playing 30, 35 minutes a game and still playing at a high level says a lot about his personality, his desire to win.”
  • Stu Douglass, who had one of his best games of the season against Oakland, has had some really good days of practice, which is how Beilein likes to gauge how well a player’s playing. “Happy for him, because people don’t see what I see everyday… he’s capable of games like that, and we’ve seen in the past even more.”
  • Vogrich had a “really good workout” in practice yesterday. Usually the day after a game, players who didn’t play much in the game have an intense workout the next day. The players scrimmaged, and Vogrich played “exceptional. It only takes one shot for him to get himself back going.”
  • On avoiding a let down in the upcoming non-conference games: “You hope you have enough guys on your team that value the experience of playing in the Michigan uniform, and playing at Crisler, having goals of having a great non-conference season so that you can be in position to have a great conference season.”
  • The starting lineup is “pretty solidified, and you can count on Stu coming off the bench.” From there, still trying to find who can consistently step up off the bench. Will try to continue to solidify a rotation in these upcoming games, “but at the same time, we’re out to win every game first. Experiment in practice, we don’t experiment a whole lot in games.” Horford is still dealing with his foot injury situation.
  • Novak is now at a “comfort level” where he’s seeing things better playing the two-guard, rather than the three or the four like he played last year. “I’m really pleased with his evolution as he’s moved back to a two-guard.”
  • On what has surprised him the most about Burke: “As he’s come in, we just continue to give him more and more, and he’s showing no frustration about when he makes mistakes. He’s allowing himself to become a better player because he’s such a great listener.”
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  • guest

    so trey burke was ranked #142 by rivals.  after his early play, what does it look like he should have been ranked?

    • LansingBlue

      He gotta be close to a five star. Joker dropped 20 and 9 on Duke..

      • LansingBlue

        oh my fault I’m thinking last game…cat had 17 against Duke right?

  • Observernba

    I didn’t see him play before he came to Michigan. All I know is he deserves Freshman of the week honours.

  • gpsimms

    dylan I have request:

    since kenpom has locked down his page it’s hard to quickly view michigan’s past opponents and see if the are doing anything.

    it would be nice if you could do a once every once in a while feature with records and kenpom rankings.  it wouldn’t need a writeup or anything, just a quick how our opponents are doing in conference when conference play gets going would be nice.

    i know you all are working hard, so if there’s no time/demand for that, ok.  but i am interested if others are and if there is time.

    • a2sk

      Summaries like that would be nice, but Kenpom is well worth the $20 per year.  Why not support the effort he puts into his site?

  • Mattski

    ESPN3 has M’s 7:PM game tomorrow night listed:

    • pilot

      It’s also on ESPNU

  • rlcBlue

    Good to see the B1G getting recognized as the tough league that it is. Most of the attention-getting non-conference games are done now, with the exception of Illinois, which has UNLV in Chicago and then Missouri in St Louis, and Northwestern, which has to play Creighton on the road. If the Illini can win those two, then it’s pretty likely that the conference will still have 6 ranked teams when the fratricide begins. A 10-8 B1G record will deserve an NCAA bid; just hope the selection committee realizes that.

    • Alex

      If there are six legitimately ranked Big Ten teams to start the season then I think 9-9 would be more than sufficient depending on if two or three of those are ranked wins.

      Also, does Trey Burke remind anyone else of Jordan Taylor. I would be stoked of that turns out to be the case.

    • Tom, Too

      9 & 9 would be fine….this conference is no joke this year.

  • catwomanrx

    Mark my words: Trey Burke Freshman of the Year.

    • Brian

      not likely.  Zeller is a big frontrunner just like Sullinger was last season.  

      • Sven187

        Zeller will come back down to Earth when Indiana does.

  • As a fan, I have to say that he was 15th in PGs, as ranked by ESPN.  There are a few ahead of him that are doing well, but I would not trade him for any of the 14 PGs that were ranked higher.