The time has come for Beilein to, effectively, say goodbye to the preseason, and “aloha” to quality opposition.
Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the team in minutes with 36, shots with 15 and points with 17, guiding the Wolverines to a 72-65 win over Central Michigan.
Assistant coach Saddi Washington equated this year's team to a pot of gumbo. The ingredients are in the pot. Beilein is still the chef. Now let’s see if this gumbo will sizzle.
Where will the bench scoring come from? The Michigan coaching staff believes Brooks can be an answer to that question.
For most players on the court, the exhibition game was nothing more than a tune-up. But for Charles Matthews it was a major hurdle in his already topsy-turvy career, a chance he has been waiting for for nearly two years.
Michigan coach John Beilein addressed his point guard competition, the impact of veterans and the Michigan State rivalry at Big Ten Media Day.
Michigan's defense might not be the country’s best, but the Wolverines won’t need it to be. For Beilein and Michigan, good might as well be great.
While coaches around the country plan calculated responses with public relations staff to fend off reporters’ inquiries, Beilein doesn’t have to sweat.
Leading the way for the Wolverines was fifth-year senior Ben Flanagan, who finished 14th out of 177, pacing the team with a 24:05.0 time on the five-mile course.
Marc Ybarra doesn’t need the highlight reels or praise — though he garnered both Friday. He is already living his dream.