There has been much discussion on Beilein with the most negative people saying it is time for him to go and even his strongest supporters showing concern on the level of his recruiting.
For better or worse I think we have to accept that Coach Beilein is a good but not great college basketball coach. His record at Michigan is: .611 overall, .543 Big Ten and has made the NCAA tournament 6 out of 10 years and made it to the National Championship Game once. He has won the Big Ten conf. twice.
This is a solid record. By way of comparison Rick Pitino is .748 overall/.688 conference while at Louisville. Izzo is .717 overall at Michigan State, .689 in conference, has made the NCAA tournament 18 out of 20, 1 National Championship and won the Big10 6 times.
On a personal level I love Beilein and his values. I'm not sure if his recruiting challenges are due to other teams paying players or something else.
It's likely that Michigan will keep Beilein until he retires and then will look to upgrade our basketball coaching at that point.
I was very concerned that Beilen felt that he should put Donnal in over Wagner at the end of the Texas game- to me that showed either a real lack of understanding of his players or just bad decision making.
Either way, I think Coach Beilein is what his record says and that we should enjoy our basketball team without having the expectation of a deep tournament run.
Yes I know that Beilein returned us from 40 years in the wilderness and his early teams were a fun to watch - mostly because of Novak IMO. And for that we should be forever grateful.
With football concluding the first episode of Inside Michigan Basketball aired on sunday. Included a nice preview and recap of the season so far. Enjoy. GO BLUE!!
We have problems. A lot of them. It's nice to think about them after a win over a power conference team.
Moe Wagner is the best player on this team.
The attendance was turrible again. The students showed up and did their job.
9pm games on weeknights can blow me.
Not in the face on Saturday, please
UCLA is looking like a top-5 team so far. Next Saturday's game at Pauley Pavillion could get real ugly if we aren't hitting shots
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I believe we all remember Draymond Green's superb ninja skills from last season's playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder when he "accidentally" kicked Steven Adams in the man-parts region.
Well, his ninja skills came back in full force last night in an epic double-overtime game against the Houston Rockets:
I must say, Draymond must be doing his stretches because he got some serious height on that leg kick.
He can be frustrated all he wants, but it is absolutely not natural to have 1 leg do that regardless of the contact and foul (which was called on Harden).
Here's another article and video: