Presser Transcript: Coach Beilein

Beilein answers questions about beating the "Cuse zone, about the end of the game, about Mitch McGary, about the bench contributions -- and about facing Louisville in the finals.

COACH BEILEIN:  We're so proud.  I am so proud.  But the university I know is so proud of these young men tonight.  All our fans everywhere.  Given the great first half they played, then hanging on in the second half with no timeouts was incredible show of character and unity and all the things that we preach all the time, the poise.

So really proud of them.  It's certainly a great moment for them and our university.  I know everybody at Ann Arbor, the Michigan brand all over the world is very happy tonight.

Q.  Wonder about using Mitch in the middle of that zone.  Is that something that was a no-brainer at the beginning of the week?

COACH BEILEIN:  We studied so many of their games.  They got a great coaching staff.  We knew that was an area that we might be able to exploit if we could pass out of there.  We did so many passing drills this year with Mitch pivoting.  We say, catch, pivot, peek, make a pass.  He did a great job.  That six assists is a big number for him.  He's a big target in there, as well.  We can throw it to Glenn as well.  Their guards are so long, it's hard to see Glenn in there, but you could certainly see the big fella.

Q.  When did the light go on for Mitch McGary?

COACH BEILEIN:  I could never probably find a point.  The fire's always been burning.  There's always been something there.  He's made these incremental steps all year long.

Sometimes you look at him and there's really some brilliant things he does in there, then there's other times you can see he has a lot to learn.

He embraces all that.  That's what has made it most impressive.  But the best is yet to come.  He continues to practice hard.  He continues to study the game.  He's got, as I've said several times, a high ceiling to his overall game.  By the way, his personality and leadership is terrific.

Q.  Coach Boeheim said he had Caris circled as a guy he was worried about shooting the ball a little bit.  Can you talk about the lift.

COACH BEILEIN:  The 21 points off the bench I think we had is incredible.  But Caris is a good shooter.  Caris shows us that in practice.  He's an incredible worker.  I always talk about the outliers that are out there.  You just never know who it's going to be, whether it's Jordan Morgan, Caris or Spike hitting them.  That's been a key to our season, so, so many times, somebody else stepped up when somebody is in foul trouble or whatever.

I'm really proud.  This team loves Caris LeVert.  Everybody is his friend.  Really happy for him.

Q.  Just a bit of what this means.  It's the pinnacle of your profession to be in this game.  What does it mean to you?  Talk about facing Louisville.

COACH BEILEIN:  I think it means so much for our university, for all our fans, for all the players that we have, students.  It's just tremendous.

For me, this is what I'm paid to do, is go out and coach young men and try to make them just good basketball players, but good student-athletes, men of high character, all the things that parents of these kids have tried to do over the years and have done such a great job.

I'm thrilled for everybody else.  Right now I just think about the next game.  And Louisville is going to be a difficult game.  We played against Rick's teams at Kentucky one time, when I was at Canisius, and West Virginia a few times.  He's a brilliant coach with great schemes.  It's going to be very difficult.

But I need to study him a little bit more before I know exactly what to expect.

Q.  I know this is your first Final Four.  When you look at the size of the stadium, the noise, I'd like your thoughts about that.  But also you have so many young kids playing out there.  It just seems astounding they can hold their nerves.  Do you, as a coach, have to allow for youth?  Are you thinking this is just part of the noise, you have to build it in?

COACH BEILEIN:  I think what really helps us, the arenas we play in all year long aren't that big, but they're big, 18,000, 17,000, 15,000, noisy.  You've been to some of those places.  So we're used to that a lot.

I think the crowd was terrific.  Michigan crowd was terrific.  It really helped that we just came from Dallas, playing in that big arena.  I think our kids felt very comfortable.

What I try to do is focus in as a coach and not even look around.  That basket is 10 feet, that basket is 10 feet, the floor is 94, let's go play.  I think we actually had that mentality.  You start looking around that place, I did for a minute, I'm not even going to look, this is incredible what I'm seeing in front of me.

Q.  Jordan has been through a lot these last few weeks.  How gratifying was it for you?

COACH BEILEIN:  Jordan Morgan was up on the chair leading us in the end.  He's on the all defensive team.  He was going to be in there at the end when we needed stops, especially when we were going into some switching patterns, things like that, much like he did in a similar slide later in the Kansas game.

So really happy for him.  Fitting that he finishes it with a dunk at the end.

Q.  You will be playing in your final game this season on Monday against Louisville.  Just that finality in mind, the excitement that revolves around the game, does the preparation change at all for that game?

COACH BEILEIN:  Based on the fact that it's already tomorrow, we're going to have to have a quick, quick prep.  It's a difficult one, too.  Louisville throws so many things at you.

But the big thing right now is get rest.  You got to prep the best that you can.  It's a 9:00 game, so you do have some time.  But you've been prepping for this all year long.  Different things that you're going to face during the year.  I'm sure there will be some unique things we'll address tomorrow.  But for the most part, the coaching is done everyday in practice, in the weight room.  So much of that's already been done.  Not all the hay is in the barn.  We've got so much more to do.

I know both teams are in that mode where they have to tweak a little bit, maybe 20%.  But we'll both be up early tomorrow and working all day.

Q.  Understanding that Louisville and VCU do some different things, how might it help your team you've already played a pressing type of team in this tournament?

COACH BEILEIN:  We thought about that already just when we played Florida, because Shaka Smart had been on the Florida staff at one time.

Rick has a tremendous tree of coaches out there, so now we're playing the man himself who invented a lot of this jump and run, different types of traps, changing defenses.

So there's been some preparation involved along the line.  But seeing it firsthand the way Rick does it, there will be some uniqueness to it.  We just got to get ready the best we can, but still make sure we're fresh.

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