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Michigan overcame a slow start to blow out Hillsdale in Saturday’s regular-season opener at the Crisler Center. John Beilein said he wasn’t concerned with the Wolverines’ defense effort, and he applauded Caris LeVert’s for nearly reaching a triple-double without any turnovers. Watch Beilein’s postgame press conference with select quotes after the jump.
All three scored more than 20 points each as Michigan overcame a slow start to cruise to an easy victory. LeVert finished just shy of a triple-double, recording 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Watch them discuss the result in the embedded media players below.
It’s a banner day in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines will raise last year’s Big Ten Championship banner to the rafters before tipping off the new season against Hillsdale. The game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast online by ESPN3. Join the discussion in the comments section below before, during and after Michigan’s season opener. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)
After the Michigan men’s basketball team thumped Wayne State in Monday’s exhibition, John Beilein expressed frustration at how slowly he had been able to install the offense.
“We don’t have a really big package in, and I’m trying to figure out how that’s happened,” he said then. “We’re just creeping along. I probably over-analyze it and want things to be running perfectly before we move on. We’re moving in the right direction, but it’s really slow.”
Friday, while previewing Saturday’s regular-season exhibition against Hillsdale, Beilein offered more in the way of specifics of just how far behind the Wolverines are. Last year at this time, he explained, Michigan was “20 to 30%” further along in the process.
“We spend an awful lot of time on the most basic of fundamentals,” Beilein said. “You chop away at this checklist that’s enormous.
“Let’s say you had 50 things. Now it’s 45, now it’s 40, but now you go back and they forgot that from before.”
Spike Albrecht and Kameron Chatman met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s season opener against Hillsdale. The duo discussed the pressure to raise a banner for a fourth straight year and what it’ll mean to see the 2013-14 Big Ten championship campaign honored at Crisler Center. Albrecht reminisced on his freshman year and recalled the emotions surrounding his own debut.
Chatman after the jump.