John Beilein might be best known as a defensive genius, but this season’s version of the Michigan Wolverines are one of the more balanced teams in the country. The proof is in the pudding, as the Wolverines have reached the Sweet 16 portion of the NCAA Tournament.
If you ask the head coach about how he’s gotten his team where it is at, he actually credits last season’s group for earning 33 wins, making it easier to sell guys on the idea of playing tough defense for 40 minutes.
“I think our 33 wins last year was the sales job,” John Beilein said. “They saw it firsthand … a team could beat really good teams last year, really good teams, with defense.”
Charles Matthews, a standout defensive player for the Michigan Wolverines, highlighted this by talking about how they wanted to stop the Florida Gators in the Round of 32.
“We wanted to shut off their water,” Matthews said. “They were getting open looks and our coaching staff did a great job of recognizing that and we just followed the game plan.”
Obviously, defense is important for John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines. Furthermore, defense travels well. However, don’t sleep on how good this team is offensively, especially when guys are reaching their ceilings on that end of the floor.
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