Nov. 30, 2012
John Beilein | Max Bielfeldt | Game Notes | Game Central
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Prior to traveling to Peoria, Ill. for its first true road game, the University of Michigan men's basketball team held a media roundtable on Friday (Nov. 30). The Wolverines will face Bradley at 3 p.m. CST tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 1) inside BU's Carver Arena.
Bradley, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, enters the game with a 5-1 record under second-year head coach Geno Ford. Michigan faced the Braves last season for the first time in 13 years (1998) and recorded a 77-66 victory at Crisler Center.
As a native of Peoria, Ill., sophomore/freshman forward Max Bielfeldt is expecting several family members and friends to be in attendance to see him play. Bielfeldt watched from the sidelines during last year's matchup with Bradley as he redshirted the season.
In addition to Coach Beilein and Bielfeldt speaking with the media, Tim Hardaway Jr. and U-M's administrative specialist and former Wolverine basketball player C.J. Lee sat down for brief interviews.
C.J. will be filling in for former teammate David Merritt on the radio as Michigan's color analyst during tomorrow's matchup with Bradley. Lee got his first stint on the radio last season at Nebraska.
Michigan Administrative Specialist C.J. Lee
On the opportunity to be the color analyst for tomorrow's game ... "It's going to be fun. I enjoyed it last year when I filled in at Nebraska. It was pretty easy because Matt Shepard is such a professional. It's different seeing the game from a media prospective. You really get to give people an insight into what's happening."
On what makes working with this team and watching them play enjoyable ... "The first thing that makes this team so fun to be around is their personalities. They are great people. The second thing is that they are great players, so it's always great to be around great players that have great personalities. The way they have come together so far has been kind of amazing. Usually it takes a while for a team to get used to one another and figure out what each other likes to do on the court and their likes and dislikes off the court, but this team really came together quickly. It's amazing that that has translated to wins on the floor -- that's what you want as a coaching staff."
On the improvements to the program since his time as a player ... "It really seems to be coming together here at the University of Michigan with our basketball program. The William Davidson Player Development Center coming online was huge for us just because everyone is under one roof -- it sounds like a really simple thing, but it's a huge deal. With the way our schedules are so packed with our student-athletes and them going from one place to another, it's great for them to have a place they can call home. And then we've continued to get better on the court. That's what Coach Beilein is about -- getting better every day and every year and we've done that. We want to continue to keep that going. We've made strides in the right direction. Coach Beilein is not satisfied, so we're not satisfied, so we're just trying to get better one day at a time."
U-M Junior Guard Tim Hardaway Jr.
On playing their first true road game ... "We just have to continue what we're doing out there on the court. It is our first road game, but we've played at neutral sites and played away from home, so we kind of know what to expect. I know Bradley is going to bring their 'A' game -- we all know that and we have to go in there and do a great job of executing our game plan."
On what the team can improve on against Bradley ... "Definitely defensively just getting back in transition and rebounding. It's important to not make careless mistakes and control what you can control out there on the court -- if we do that, we should be fine."
On having former Wolverine C.J. Lee on staff ... "It's great having him on staff. C.J. has been in Coach Beilein's system before. He's the only one from that team that is here, besides David Merritt. Learning from those two guys is great. Getting knowledge from those two is good for not only myself, but for the whole team and for the freshmen."
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