Michigan coach John Beilein isn't putting extra emphasis on the NCAA tournament heading into Wisconsin, also comments on Caris LeVert.

Michigan coach John Beilein isn't putting extra emphasis on the NCAA tournament heading into Wisconsin, also comments on Caris LeVert.

Michigan is close, but certainly not a lock for the NCAA tournament just yet.

While some coaches will take to the podium this time of year ready and willing to defend or make the case for their team, John Beilein was in no mood for grandstanding Friday.

"I'm not doing any lobbying or doing anything," Beilein said. "I'm just basically going to coach my team. The people on that committee are not listening to John Beilein or anybody else. They're in that room, they do their research, they know what they're doing. 

"That's my hope, that there's no influence at all. I've got great respect for the people in that room, they do their homework and if we're selected, we deserve to be in there."

Heading into Madison Sunday evening ready to take on another potential bubble team in Wisconsin, the pressure is on the Wolverines.

Michigan needs one win over the next two games, likely providing the final quality win necessary to propel the Wolverines back into the tournament for the first time since 2014.

But again, Beilein's approach isn't changing.

"My stress level never goes down," Beilein said. "Seriously, the Elon games and the games earlier in the season, that's the way I live my life. 

"It's really an unfortunate part of my personality that after 1,000 some games, that's who I am. So, I don't notice a difference, actually."

A potential difference maker for Michigan beginning next week could be the return of Caris LeVert once again.

Beilein says LeVert will not practice the next two days, likely keeping him out for Sunday's tilt with the Badgers. Beyond that though, the thought process will be a tedious one.

"We're on spring break next week and I think that gets us to the point where you can experiment during that week," Beilein said. "If he's able to go, and if he's not, you just move on and there's a point in that season where it's not fair to him or the kids that, okay he's back. 

"There's some point. I don't know what it is. I want to give him every benefit of the doubt if he wants to play, he's going to get to play."


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