Beilein: 'Consistency' Reason Behind Banners

U-M basketball coach John Beilein discusses his third straight banner raising ceremony, and the reason behind Michigan's recent success.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the third straight season the Michigan basketball team will be raising a banner into the rafters of the Crisler center. A symbolism of the programs’ success, and most notably its “consistency,” as the Wolverines will celebrate their 2013-14 Big Ten regular season championship one last time before tipping off a new season with Hillsdale college Saturday afternoon.

“The consistency is I think what every coach is trying to establish with his program,” Beilein said on the significance of raising another banner. “That you’re continually at the top of your league. If you’re continually at the top of a league like this, you’re in the NCAA tournament. And that’s where you want to be. And if you can throw some championships in – that’s even better.”

During Michigan’s current three year stretch, they have won a share of the Big Ten regular season championship in 2011-12, made the 2013 Final Four -- finishing as national runners-up, and last season won their first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 195-86.

However, Beilein admits getting another banner is always another challenge in itself.

“So knowing how we love to be champions here at the University of Michigan, we’re really proud of two out of three, but it really could’ve been three out of three,” Beilein said. “So maintaining that, there is 13 other team’s in this league that are trying to change that every day as well.”

And while Beilien might enjoy the banner raising moment, his focus will quickly go back to Hillsdale on Saturday.

“I think when that banner goes up, I think there will be some fleeting moments beside a Hillsdale back-screen that I’ll be thinking about,” Beilein said.

Michigan will also be handing out 2013-14 Big Ten championship rings to players during pre-game festivities. Former players Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary, who both currently play in the NBA, will be represented by their families for the ring ceremony.

“That will be a good moment, too,” Beilein said.

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