In its final game before the start of Big Ten play, Michigan will welcome the Bradley Braves to Crisler Arena. The Braves fired former head coach Jim Les after finishing last in the Missouri Valley Conference a season ago but haven’t shown many signs of instant improvement under new head man Geno Ford. Bradley is 5-6 on the season and lacks a win over a team ranked in Ken Pomeroy’s top 150.
John Beilein addressed the media this afternoon to preview Michigan’s Thursday evening game against Bradley. The Michigan head coach discussed coaching against his son, the challenges Bradley poses and shared that Jon Horford’s injury may keep him out longer than originally anticipated.
On preventing distractions from finals week and the holidays … "I think the whole idea that we’re playing a team with a lot of talent and that they’ve seen their talent on film, they know that we’re going to have to play well. They’re not looking at a team that has played all road games and they’re 0-8 and they’re waiting to get to their league schedule. I don’t think that’s going to be an issue. They all have flights the next day sometime after noon, so I’m sure they’re thinking about going home. We’ve got to prevent that."
The Michigan Athletic Department released audio from Matt Vogrich, Blake McLimans and Carlton Brundidge after practice this afternoon. The trio discussed the upcoming game against Bradley, peeked ahead to Big Ten play and also shared their holiday plans. Listen to the interviews in the embedded audio players below or read through the notable quotes.
On rebounding and defending: “I try to focus on doing multiple things. I don’t want to be one dimensional and just be a shooter. When my shots not going, I want to do something to provide some extra things for the team.” [click to continue…]
2014 Park Tudor forward Trevon Bluiett is one of Michigan’s top recruiting targets in the Hoosier State and the sophomore has been playing well early this season. Watch this footage of Bluiett at the Tournament of Champions from Elite Prep Stars.