Notes, quotes from John Beilein on Big Ten teleconference


Michigan-58-Michigan-State-57-28-399x600[1]John Beilein joined the rest of the Big Ten coaches on the weekly teleconference on Monday morning. You can read selected notes and quotes from the call below.

  • On Nik Stauskas’s health: “I have no update yet. He wasn’t fine, he had a pretty good gash over his eye, and it was pretty swollen when he left (the arena). I have no update I can share with you yet, let’s just say that.” Beilein said that three doctors examined Stauskas and that he walked out of the arena under his own power. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)
  • On contributions from big men: Beilein said the goal for the center position on this team is for all the players rotating in and out to combine for 15 points and 10 rebounds. Max Bielfeldt has looked like he can contribute to that in practice, getting healthier.
  • On Mitch McGary“I see more and more solid plays coming out of all this hustle we get from him. Sometimes you can’t, I guess, hustle your decisions. You have to be patient with your decisions while your hustle is more physical. I’ve seen a great growth in that area, playing hard and playing smart. And I thought we saw that yesterday.”

  • On the improved ball-screen defense: “In our game against Penn State, we did not guard that action very well. There were several things going on, not just with our big men. But that was an emphasis over those two days of practice. It’s just a matter of angles sometimes. They change so quickly. But I think that we did a wonderful job of guarding the ball screen all night long, and it was the difference in the game. Our lack of of ability to do that against Penn State and our ability to do that (against Michigan State) were directly opposite during those two games.
  • On the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State: “I think it’ll always be a great rivalry because of our proximity and the way that our fans interface so much in their lives. They just see each other all the time. I think it’s always been a great rivalry, but I think when you have this element to it — forget about who wins right now — you have two high-level teams, top-10, top-20, top-30, we don’t care. Two teams with great opportunities to go to the NCAA tournament playing at the same time. It wasn’t like that for a while. That, I think, just heightens the rivalry, because I think that if you have two team that have these resumes that we’ve both established, so they’re both fighting for a Big Ten Championship, that just enhances everything. It’s not just about who won those games. It’s great, it’s healthy for the state, it’s healthy for the fans bases and college basketball in general to have these two teams both performing at a similar level on a national scale.”

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  • Mattski

    I was really pleased that the place was full, with people making noise, although it was break.

  • gpsimms

    One of my arguments for Burke not getting POY vs. Oladipo was that Burke never took over a game on both ends like Oladipo can.

    After yesterday and the game winning steal, he’s got my POY vote.

    • Mark Worthley

      You’re a voter?

      • gpsimms

        Yes. I’m very influential.

    • GregGoBlue

      Oladipo bricking his FT’s in the final minutes of the Minny upset can’t be helpful for his POY status either.

  • Bluebufoon

    Mr Bielfeldt didn’t look like a happy camper when I scanned the U-M huddle during time-outs. I hope I am wrong but if Max is unhappy or disgruntled I hope a member of this coaching staff lights him up and he becomes a more enthusiastic teammate the rest of the way, if not we’d have a conversation and I wouldn’t wait till the end of year to have it with him.

    • ajerome33

      If you are not in the huddle as a part of the team and if you don’t know the kid personally, I don’t think you should be commenting on his state of mind.

  • rlcBlue

    So I finished looking at all 128 possibilities for the remaining games involving the top 5 teams in the conference and the impact on BTT seeding, and here’s the executive summary:

    1) Just win, Baby. If Michigan finishes 11-7, it will be the #5 seed in the BTT, no matter what happens in the rest of the games.

    2) Don’t get your hopes up too high. Michigan can’t be the #1 seed; we get #2 in 20 scenarios. Indiana is the top seed in 118 of the scenarios.

    3) Most likely isn’t that likely (and that’s a good thing). The KenPom Chalk scenario (IU wins out, MSU wins out, UM beats Purdue, OSU beats Illinois, Wisconsin beats PSU) has a 15% chance of happening. In that scenario, BTT seeding would be IU, MSU, UW, OSU, UM.

    4)Titles are great, but… A four-way co-championship that includes Wisconsin gets Michigan the #4 seed in the BTT. A four-way that includes MSU gets us the #3 seed. A three-way that includes MSU gets us the #2 seed; without Sparty we get the #3 seed. All two-way championships get us the #2 seed behind IU.

    5)The road to the title game is paved with cheese.The most advantageous seedings IMHO are those where UM and Wisconsin share the #2 and #3 seeds, in either order. These virtually all require UW to win in East Lansing.

    Bonus)Absolute best-case scenarios.OSU beats IU, UM beats Purdue, UW beats MSU, UM beats IU, Illinois beats OSU, PSU beats UW, MSU vs Northwestern goes either way; Michigan is regular season co-champ, #2 seed opposite UW at #3.

    • gobluemd16

      You are a saint.

  • JDiesel

    Beilein reported in his radio program that Stauskas practiced today. So seems like good news on that front. Now for him to figure out how to balance Stauskas’s O with LaVert’s emerging D.