Notes, Quotes & Video: John Beilein Explains Penn State Victory

John Beilein met with the media this evening to breakdown Michigan’s 71-53 Big Ten opening win over Penn State.

Read the transcript and notable quotes from Beilein after the jump. [click to continue…]

Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Evan Smotrycz and Zack Novak were all available to discuss Michigan’s 19-point win over Penn State. Watch the interviews in the embedded media players below:

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Game 13: Penn State at Michigan Open Thread

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Big Ten conference play is finally upon us as Michigan tips off its regular season at 7:30 p.m. this evening. Tonight’s game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson on the call.

As always we’ll be following along before, during and after the game in the comments and invite you to join along.

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Game 13: Penn State at Michigan Preview

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Who: Penn State (8-5) at No. 16 Michigan (10-2) penn-state-logo[1]
Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
When: 7:30 p.m. ET, December 29th, 2011
TV: BTN
Radio: MGoBlue, WWJ 950AM, WWWW 102.9 FM, Sirius 113
More: Beilein Preview, Novak Preview, Q&A, Pick to Click

Michigan and Penn State are the last schools to open Big Ten play as they face off in a Thursday night affair in Crisler Arena. It’s the first of two early conference home games for Michigan and an opportunity for the Wolverines to jump out to a quick start in Big ten play. Things haven’t been easy during Pat Chambers’s first year at Happy Valley – the Nittany Lions are just 8-5 – but Penn State enters the game on the heels of two of their stronger performances of the season and features one of the Big Ten’s best guards that no one is talking about, Tim Frazier.

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Opposition Q&A: Talking Penn State with Eric Gibson

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Eric Gibson has been a long time friend of the blog and (this is meant in the nicest way possible) is one of the few die hard Penn State basketball followers around. He’s written at various venues over the last several years but has most recently been following Pat Chambers’s squad at Black Shoe Diaries. Gibson agreed to answer a few questions about Penn State, and I did the same over there, in preparation for tonight’s Big Ten opener.

Everyone knew this would be a rebuilding year for Penn State under new head coach Pat Chambers. Give me two things that have went surprisingly well this season.

One thing that has been great is how everyone has fully bought into Coach Chambers and his vision for the program. We only had one defection over the offseason, so it’s been nice having a full roster in a rebuilding year. Chambers is big on what he calls ‘attitude’ or playing hard or whatever coach-speak you wanna use. These guys are all about the team and give maximum effort all game long. They can be a little reckless diving for balls they really shouldn’t be, but it’s fun to watch them get after it. Then obviously Tim Frazier maturing into one of the best players in the league has been fantastic. We knew he was going to be the leader, since he was the only one with game experience, but I don’t think too many people saw 17 points and 7 assists coming. His numbers are comparable to Darius Morris’ last year.

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Pick to Click: Penn State at Michigan

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