Inside Michigan: Beilein Weekly

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This past weekend, our team played well in a neutral-site test vs. West Virginia. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn served as a great venue for us to compete in. We cannot thank the fans enough that showed up and were extremely vocal, rooting us on to a victory.

West Virginia is a good team and will compete every night in their new conference, the Big 12. Their team physicality and toughness forced us in our preparation to concentrate on winning the battles within the game, such as 50/50 balls, deflections and rebounds. Winning the rebounding battle 32-29 showed that our guys matched their toughness and brought the type of competitiveness to the table that will help us in Big Ten Conference play.

Our backcourt was tremendous in Brooklyn. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. certainly performed at a high level. Each player is seeing the game better this season, and each player is drawing worthy attention from our opponents each time we take the floor.

Final exams concluded on Thursday here at the University of Michigan. We are pleased with how our student-athletes are executing in the classroom and on the court.

Last night, our team performed well in front of a great crowd in Crisler Center against Eastern Michigan.

The balanced scoring and the 26 team assists that we compiled showed that our players executed the game plan vs. Eastern Michigan's 2-3 zone well. The 10 steals that we grabbed showed that the activity level on defense was high also.

Eastern Michigan challenges teams because the 2-3 zone greatly impacts the tempo of the game. Our staff thought that we combated this well by trying to beat the zone down the floor in transition.

This is a great time of year, and we certainly are happy to be 12-0. We are happy, but we are not satisfied. This team must maintain its humility and its hunger to learn from each outing.

Right now, our job is to continue to prepare diligently and to enjoy the holiday break with family and friends.

Happy Holidays and Go Blue!

-John

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