Not only did Tuesday night’s 77-65 gain at Rutgers support give Michigan sole possession of 1st place in the Massive Ten at 10-2 (merged with MSU’s decline at Illinois), but it also gave head mentor John Beilein still a different incredible milestone.
The victory was his 121st in meeting perform through his time at Michigan, passing Johnny Orr (1968-80) for the most in system record.
Beilein, even so, experienced no desire in conversing about the achievement previous evening on his weekly radio demonstrate, alternatively acting like his normal humble self and deflecting the credit score elsewhere.
“I desire I could embrace it much more, but I just wrestle with it,” he said. “We all know I’ve experienced a good deal of support from my assistant coaches throughout the decades.
“In fact, the gamers are the ones who get people records.”
Of people 121 league wins, 10 have come so considerably this yr in what has been an incredible 21-2 start off to the period.
Defense has been the team’s calling card, as the Maize and Blue rank No. 2 nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s altered defensive performance rankings, and are tied for 17th nationally in industry intention percentage defense (39.6 p.c).
“During timeouts, I ordinarily speak offense when [defensive assistant] Luke [Yaklich] talks defense,” Beilein discussed. “[Junior guard] Zavier [Simpson] then chimes in to speak much more defense.
“Defense is the mantra of our team, and it has assisted us so a lot, primarily when we’ve been lousy offensively. Other than the activity at Iowa [on Friday night, when the Hawkeyes shot 45.6 percent], we truly have not been lousy at all defensively this yr.”
The Maize and Blue’s future problem will come from a red-very hot Wisconsin team on Saturday afternoon, who has won six game titles in a row and is tied for third place in the meeting at 9-3.
On leading of that, the Badgers held Michigan to its least expensive position complete of the yr (54) on Jan. 19, ruining its excellent 17- start off in the process.
“They have been outstanding when they beat us,” Beilein recalled. “We hadn’t truly been guiding at all in a activity because the Countrywide Title previous yr, and we did not respond effectively to it in Madison.
“I’ve under no circumstances found a player like [fifth-year senior center] Ethan Happ — he has a thing like 60 assists and 30 turnovers, and is so intelligent when he backs men and women down.
“Wisconsin did not have shooters previous yr, but now that they do, Happ normally seems to find them.
“I have so a lot regard for Wisconsin and the way they perform. Plus, they are only getting rid of Happ and will have [sophomore power forward Nathan] Reuvers taking part in the 5 future yr, so they are again and listed here to stay.”
Promptly adhering to Beilein’s preview of Wisconsin on the radio demonstrate, he turned his consideration again to the Rutgers victory to examine a thing that occurred in Piscataway.
His concentrate was not on the activity alone, even so, but alternatively a visitor the team gained afterward in the locker space.
“[Brooklyn Nets guard and former Wolverine] Caris [LeVert] was at the activity and spoke to our team immediately after it,” Beilein uncovered.
“He’s been strike with so quite a few accidents through his vocation, but has these types of fantastic faith — he sees the environment from these types of an astounding angle and I enjoy him for it.
“Most of our men never even know Caris. They’ve watched him and have found the way he performs, but never know how a lot adversity he’s been by way of.
“He’s experienced to deal with all his accidents and his father dying, and still he’s persevered by way of it all because of his mind-set.
“I’m so happy of all our men in the NBA, G-League, Lithuania — that is where by Derrick Walton is — or wherever they could be.
“Matt Vogrich and Blake McLimans are essentially companions correct now in a firm they established, and it can be undertaking pretty effectively.”