Video: John Beilein previews Kansas


John Beilein was available to speak with media on Tuesday to talk about Michigan’s Sweet Sixteen match-up with Kansas on Friday in Dallas. Beilein touched on a variety of subjects, including how the Wolverines plan to attack Jeff Withey, the emergence of Mitch McGary and more. You can watch the full press conference using the embedded media player below.

  • gpsimms

    I’m surprised by the lack of questions re: Jordan Morgan. Everyone’s so excited about Mitch’s performance against two teams who can’t defend in the half court and have no bigs.

    Don’t get me wrong: Mitch was fantastic. But we need a healthy, head-on-straight Jordan Morgan to defend Withey. I really feel strongly that that is true. I didn’t really love Beilein’s decision to completely relegate what should have been a senior leader in Vogrich to the bench, and I’m worried he’s making a mistake with Jordan.

    Hopefully coach knows what he is doing, and Jordan is happy with the way things are being handled and his head is in the right spot.

    • ForeverBlue

      What we don’t know from the outside looking in is what goes on in practice. If Vogrich and Morgan are being out performed or out hustled in practice it’s probably worse for the coaching staff to ignore and continue with the same rotations.

      Here’s the other thing about McGary (and I say this as a Morgan supporter and appreciator)…his quickness gets him some rebounds, loose balls and offensive opportunities that Morgan can’t get. The team struggles on the boards and their offense can grind to a halt against teams that effectively get in Trey’s shirt. McGary helps on both issues.

      Having said all that, I think they are really going to need Morgan against Kansas. His defensive smarts are going to be valuable against the experienced Kansas team.

      • ChathaM

        I’d be surprised if anyone is outworking Vogrich in practice. I think it’s likely a simple matter of the perimeter guys who are playing being vastly superior athletically than Vogrich; kinda like when the Fab Five’s presence turned Michael Talley into a bench player, but on a lesser scale.

        • jemblue

          That, and Vogrich just hasn’t been a consistent enough 3-point shooter. If he could shoot 40%, Beilein would find minutes for him.

    • Mattski

      I think it’s being intimated that Morgan is not in a good place with it all. But I agree that Michigan is going to need him, and was not only surprised that no one asked, but at the way that Beilein is just talking like McGary’s the man. Will be fascinating on Friday.