Inside Michigan: Beilein Weekly

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The 2012 fall semester here at the University of Michigan has flown by. It is amazing that the last day of classes is today and final exams begin on Thursday.

When our players reported to school in September, we explained to them that the semester seems long but it flies by because of how packed their schedules are with academics and athletics. Since the season began, it seems as if the each week passes even quicker, especially when we play multiple games.

The game this past Saturday against Arkansas was a good game for us. We respect Arkansas and knew that they would challenge us in a number of ways.

Our staff was pleased with how our team stuck together during the course of Saturday's game. Unity is one of our five core values, and our staff felt we showed great unity, especially when Arkansas cut our lead to one point during the second half.

Our execution down the stretch allowed us to secure the 80-67 victory in front of our home crowd. The balanced scoring and positive contributions from our bench stood out as points to be proud of.

What is nice about going to practice every day with this team is their commitment to improving. We are still motivated every day in practice because we desire to put together 40 minutes of Michigan Basketball.

Today, we take the court again to battle Binghamton at 7 p.m. There is no place like home, and we look forward to seeing all our fans this evening in Crisler Center.

We want to wish all Michigan students the best of luck on their final exams. We always tell our players to "Play Hard and Play Smart," so I encourage all of our students to "Study Hard and Study Smart."

Go Blue!

-John

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