Dec. 3, 2012
Coach Beilein on Team Chemistry
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After outlasting Bradley in its first true road game Saturday (Dec. 1), the University of Michigan men's basketball team will return to Crisler Center for a three-game homestand. The Wolverines held a media roundtable on Monday (Dec. 3) prior to their matchup with in-state foe Western Michigan on Tuesday (Dec. 4) at 8:30 p.m.
Michigan opened the season with three straight 30-point victories but has defeated its last four opponents by an average of eight points. The Wolverines are in the middle of their non-conference slate before they prepare for Big Ten Conference competition, among which six teams are ranked in the top 20 nationally.
The Broncos, who have recorded a 6-1 record, are on a five-game win streak, including a 58-53 win over South Florida, under the direction of 10th-year head coach Steve Hawkins.
Michigan will have the homecourt advantage for five of the next six non-conference games, with the other contest coming vs. West Virginia on Dec. 15 at the Barclays Center.
In addition to Coach Beilein and Tim Hardaway Jr. speaking with the media, freshmen Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert sat down for brief interviews.
U-M Freshman Guard Nik Stauskas
On starting versus coming off the bench ... "I didn't really feel that much of a difference because I'm still playing the same amount of minutes. At the end of the day, it's coaches decision and I know I have to go out there and keep doing what I'm doing -- defend and play well."
On being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week two weeks in a row ... "It's an honor and obviously it's a pretty big award, but it's only one week and we just have to keep going and keep working to make sure we continue this success in the future."
On playing his first true road game ... "It's tough playing on the road. I didn't think it was going to be that difficult. Obviously Bradley is a great team, but their crowd helped them out a lot and they went on big run, and their crowd really got behind them. Coming back to Crisler is going to be good for us to get the home crowd into it."
On things he can improve on ... "I made a few bad decisions. I had a few turnovers that I'd like to fix. Coach Beilein always wants us to learn, whether it's offensively or defensively. I messed up a few plays. I missed a few defensive assignments, so we're just watching film and learning from our mistakes where we need to. There are still some plays I'm getting used to. There are a lot of names that we have to know, so sometimes I go out there and blank-out a little bit, but that just comes with practice, and I have to make sure I watch film to keep getting better."
U-M Freshman Guard Caris LeVert
On changing his mentality from redshirting to playing in games ... "I'm just trying to help the team the best that I can. My mentality hasn't really changed much. Obviously, I'm just playing in the games now but not much has changed."
On his first collegiate game action ... "It was really exciting. I was really nervous at first, but the guys got me really comfortable with the offense and defense, so I had a lot of fun out there. We were working a lot extra with the offense and defense, getting me acclimated, but it wasn't too hard though."
On playing his first game at Crisler tomorrow ... "I'm just really excited and anxious to get out there and play hard."
On being a part of the freshman class ... "Those guys are like my brothers. Playing with them is going to be great -- it's going to be a lot of fun. They're helping me a lot right now learning the plays on defense and offense. They were just as excited as me when I told them I wasn't redshirting, and they're just trying to help me get caught up with the plays."
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