Beilin has done well given the state of the program he inherited, but he reminds me of the CEO who helped take a company from zero to $50M market cap, but is clueless as to how to grow it to $500M. Or he’s like the World of Warcraft player who was great from level 1-70, but once the upper levels were added, and he has to start figuring out where to put even more new abilities on his macros and keybinds, it all unravels because there’s just too much to handle.
In basketball, the next level means deep dives into the Big Ten tourney and NCAA tourney, and that isn’t going to happen until Beilin can figure out a way to keybind defense and rebounding to go along with our lovely 3 point shooting, assist/turnover rates, low foul rates, etc.
Stat of the day: Bo Ryan is 11-1 vs John Beilin.
Time for David Brandon to get involved here and work with Beilin to hire a better defensive/rebounding minded assistant coach or two. This team plays timid, and constantly appears to leave bigs on islands where they get called for fouls. There is almost zero team or help defense to show for, or at least it seems that way to my untrained eye. GRIII is the worst case here. He plays so far below his talent and skill level it truly is sad. What's his cumulative free throw shooting the last 5 games? I don't think I want to know.
If I were to think of the antithesis of the 80s Pistons who played with fire and hard defense and fucked people up, it’d be this timid bunch, all starting with Beilin. Even that giant faerie Christian Laettner threw a hip check and played angry now and then.
Yeah, I'm happy with where we are relative to where we've been the last 15 years, but what a waste man. Swept by Wisconsin? Really?