Michigan coach John Beilein addresses the ups and downs this season. looking to rebound Tuesday night against Central Arkansas.

Michigan coach John Beilein addresses the ups and downs this season. looking to rebound Tuesday night against Central Arkansas.

At certain times this season, the Michigan basketball team has looked like one that could make a run in the NCAA tournament.

The only problem is, in other instances, the Wolverines showcase a plethora of flaws, resembling a team unlikely to compete near the top of the Big Ten.

Saturday's most recent 102-84 loss at No. 2 UCLA provided a glimpse at both sides of this Michigan squad. A strong first half offensively put the Wolverines in position to compete to the end, going to the break tied at 50.

In the second half, the wheels ultimately came off as defensive lapses and simplistic mistakes led to the Wolverines demise.

"We certainly played one of the nation's hottest teams," Beilein said. "Especially offensively, they're elite and we did the best we can but just could not control everything in that game.

"There are some things we could control, we didn't do well. We've got to continue to grow from it."

In the first half against the Bruins, Michigan shot 65.5-percent from the field, including a scorching hot 12-of-16 from beyond the three-point line.

Over the final 20 minutes, the Wolverines shot just 34.5-percent on field goal attempts, including a cool 20-percent from downtown.

"That balance right there is tough. We cannot, moral victories and all that stuff. We scored 50-points in one half, we scored 53 against Texas in one game. I think what's really key for us going forward is where is our consistency.

We'd rather have guys go 2-for-5 everyday than go 1-for-6 and then 5-for-6. We want some consistency there and that's what we're trying to establish. We really haven't had it and we need that right now."

The concerns defensively remain an issue as well. Despite going up against one of the best teams in the nation, slowing down opponents remains another piece Michigan is looking to add to this team.

"We all had breakdowns defensively, which are sometimes unexplainable," Beilein said. "It's just a lack of, just we're standing there and watching something happen that we know better off.

"We just are frozen. We've got to keep working through that by coaching them better."


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