U-M / Nicholls State Postgame: John Beilein

John Beilein reflects upon Michigan's 91-62 win victory over Nicholls State. The Wolverines' headman sheds light on the injuries to Derrick Walton and D.J. Wilson, the performances of Caris LeVert and Ricky Doyle, his team's defensive progress, and more. ***With Video***

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein

Opening statement ... "You can imagine going into this game when we discovered Derrick (Walton Jr.) was not going to be able to play. We had some anxiety going into this game. It should help us be better when you get Spike Albrecht the ball and you have Caris LeVert in that backcourt so you can get through that. But at the same time it is always scary going into any game when you're missing what I think is one of the better point guards in the country. I was really proud the way our kids persevered through that, and our defense was exceptional in the first half, and we were able to get out far enough to hold on to win."

On the emergence of Ricky Doyle... "Today, Ricky did have more minutes. I love some of the energy he provides coming off the bench. He was plagued by injuries in September and October, and that kept him from getting a rhythm. He did some of these things in Europe too; we love that big right-handed jump hook. That is a thing of beauty for every basketball coach in America."

On Zak Irvin's development ... "We consider him one of the premier shooters in college basketball. It allows us to play four-on-four if people stay attached to him, but he also has ability to get his own shot off the dribble. What we've seen now is attacking the basket, rebounding, defending. He's grown in his game all the time, and he's got so much more growth to do. His practice habits are going to lead him to continued development."

On Caris LeVert... "He's growing every day. Here's what's really special about him, and I've coached a lot of fine young men; I'm talking about one of the best attitudes I've ever coached. From top to bottom: about going to class, about being on time, about work habits, about love for the game, and we recruit good kids. He's up there with the ones you love coaching every single day because you seem to be on the same page with him. He's on the same page with his teammates because he talks with them and with his coaching staff. You don't find that very often."

On Derrick Walton's injury... "It's some type of sprained toe. We don't know enough about it. We're waiting for some more information on it. One of his toes is bothering him. I guess that's all I can say. I want to make sure I give you (accurate) information. We don't know exactly how bad it is until probably tomorrow or the next day. But he couldn't practice the last two days.

On D.J. Wilson's injury... "It's a sprained knee of some type. We're not sure. We've had different MRIs and we'll know more about what exactly is going on. Obviously it has got some swelling in it and we've got to find out the cause. A lot of times with injuries you really don't know for a couple of days until the swelling goes down and they can really see what's going on. We don't want to make any rushed judgements.

On when the injuries to Walton and Wilson occurred... " Both of them happened in the loss to Villanova. Both of them happened during that game. Derrick in the Villanova game.. he was limping and I took him out one time. He said he had jammed his toe. He limped, but he wanted to get in there at the end. He hit a big jump shot at the end. And then (Wilson's) happened when he fell awkwardly on a pcik & roll play.

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