Video & Quotes: John Beilein talks Wisconsin loss, late game strategy


John Beilein talked with the media about Michigan’s 65-62 overtime loss to Wisconsin in Madison. You can watch the full post-game press conference below or read selected notes and quotes after the jump.

  • On not fouling during the last play of regulation: “We were trying to foul. That was the instruction coming out. We had two fouls to give. He turned the corner on Caris (LeVert) and he couldn’t get it done in time.”
  • On the overtime 3-pointer by Brust: “The scouting report on him is, make him drive to the basket. We have some guys in these situations for the first time. We put Caris in there for defense and he’s a very good defender but he just happens to make a little bit of a mistake. … he is not a guy you want to give that kind of room to.”
  • Reiterated that on that last play, they definitely wanted to foul and keep everyone in front of them. “He turned the corner on (LeVert) just enough so he couldn’t foul him. … with Caris’s quickness, we thought he could get there, but he didn’t.”
  • On having Mitch McGary downcourt rather than on the inbounder: “Mitch is in the back in case they go over the top, give you one more guy to make sure you can’t get a three. In retrospect, maybe it was a direct pass, having Mitch on the ball but that could put another guy in a 1-on-1 jump ball. They got some long dudes at the other end. … they could run a tip play, catch it, they can win a lot of those jump balls at the other end so we wanted to make sure we had an extra guy back.”
  • On getting good shots in overtime: “I thought we were getting good shots. Several times, the ball just didn’t go in.”
  • On regrouping after a game like this: “You don’t even look at it as a loss. You really don’t.” Talked about how it wasn’t only one possession. “We talk about all the possessions in the game that really had a bearing on the outcome of the game — not the half-court shot. There are all these possessions that we maybe wasted. … I think we missed 14 points in layups. 14 points in layups.” Not contested layups, either.
  • On if missing those layups has something to do with the venue: “It has nothing to do with being here. Sometimes you just miss layups. They’re not going, ‘oh, it’s the Kohl Center so I can’t make layups.’ There’s not a science to this, sometimes they just miss them.”
  • On playing Max Bielfeldt more than usual: Said that Bielfeldt was impressing in practice consistently and and thought they would give him a shot. “Everybody can’t be on the scout team, and he’s very good. I really love what Max did today.”
  • On Jordan Morgan“I just think it was a severe ankle sprain. It’s getting better. He’d like to think it’s better. … He’s not pushing and jumping and running, which may be distracting him.”  

Video by Dustin Johnston, quotes from Joe Stapleton.

  • Lester Abram

    someone needs to seriously question the B1G about the refereeing at 16:03 left to play in the 2nd half. Afterwards, you can see Beilein yelling at the ref that Staukas had the rebound and was tripped by a wisconsin player falling the ground. There was no call, even though the referee is positioned on the baseline and sees the whole play. He ignores the clear foul on the play, but then–moreover–calls the ball out of bounds on Michigan.
    I’m sorry, but this bs is what ruins the credibility of the B1G college game. The NBA already lost its credibility, so what will we be left with?

    • David

      Oh, Lester, relax buddy. The refs were fine. This game was a toss-up before the tip, and we came down on the wrong side.

      By the way, I played against Lester in summer league back in the day. I wonder what he’s up to.

      • Lester

        you’re a baller. explain the call to me. The ref is on the baseline and sees the whole play.

        • David

          I honestly didn’t get a great view of the play. But does it matter? It’s just one call.

  • Nick

    You can tell by the way he talked there, Beilein knows this was a fluke

  • tim

    Fellas, we are not good enough. no excuses. living and dying by jump shots is not a formula for success on the road. i really dont understand the levert playing time. he gave up consecutive 3s to a smaller slower player and is horrific on offense. matt vogrich must have completely quit on this team. how can he not find 5 minutes per game off the bench for some needed depth….pathetic. lavert not red shirting was a mistake. this team is a 3rd place big ten team, i wish i were wrong, but the freshman aside from mcgary are overmatched

    • jemblue

      Let’s not forget that we are in the middle of the toughest stretch of the season and playing without our starting center. It’s also February and some of the freshmen have hit the wall (they’ve played the equivalent of a full high school season), but they’ll bounce back. Keep the faith.

    • Jeff

      This post is mostly nonsense.

    • Drowning Man

      We didn’t just shoot jump shots. How come whenever we lose people say we live and die by jumpers even if we lose because we missed 7 layups and gave up a 1/2 court shot.

      At Wisconsin.

      I want to win them all too, but losing by 3 at Wisky does not lead me to think that we are fatally flawed in some way. It’s just a loss.

  • Jalen Rose

    We got robbed, and now we don’t have a prayer of winning in East Lansing tonight. Today proved that it’s tough to win 3 on 5 against Wisconsin; it’s impossible at Breslin.
    Unless somebody lights a fire under GRIII and Stauskas (million jump shots my ass, he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat today) we’re screwed. A loss Tuesday puts Michigan at 4 losses, two game behind the leader, and at that point stick a fork in ’em. Haven’t been this depressed since Evan Turner’s 3.

  • This is a tough one to swallow considering we should have won this game in regulation. I’m not sure exactly how many wide open shots we missed around the basket but to me that is what cost us this game. Personally I love Trey and without him we wouldn’t be where we are today but I have to question his shot selection at the end of games. We have to get a better shot at the end of these close games. Trying to break a guy down one on one and chucking up contested threes is not a good shot! We all have to remember this is a team full of freshman, sophomores and a couple of juniors. There are going to be days like this but I have no doubt if we take care of business at home we will be Big Ten Champions when it is all said and done.