Michigan Basketball pulled out a win at the buzzer on Tuesday over Minnesota, and make no mistake about it, they will take the win. However, it is not lost on the Wolverines that they were fortunate to walk out with a victory with the way they played.
Head coach John Beilein spoke after the game and was subdued in his excitement over the win, instead speaking humbly and in a tone of gratitude that an effort like the one put forth Tuesday resulted in a win.
“We usually have one or two of these a year where I come in and tell you how blessed we are to shoot 3-22 from three, (63 percent) from the foul line, seven assists in the game, shoot 30 percent and still win,” Beilein said. “Really disappointed in how we handled ourselves in the closing minutes.”
Throughout his postgame availability, he listed some of the things plaguing his basketball team right now, such as his players learning to play as a team still and a lack of rhythm and ball movement offensively. He did not stop there, however.
“And here’s another thing,” he said, “Sometimes fast breaks, we shouldn’t even do it, because we’re jogging up the court. We have to sprint. We don’t run. (Minnesota’s) numbers in defensive transition aren’t great, but we jog up the court. We can’t do it, and this is what they get.
”You end up getting scores in the 50’s and 60’s if you’re not willing to really bust your butt and get up the court.”
Coming off of their first loss to the season over the weekend to Wisconsin, Beilein was expecting his team to take a step forward and learn from their mistakes. He was asked straight-up about if he was disappointed about it and he pulled no punches on it.
“I was. I’d be lying if I said I’m not disappointed, but we’re going to grow from it,” he said. ”Probably foolish of me to think, ‘Jeez, we watched two days of film and it’s just going to carry over.”
Next up for the Wolverines is a rematch with Indiana on the road on Friday night in a game that tips off at 6:30 p.m. ET.