Coach Beilein: "I probably won't be able to be very clear about what exactly what the heck went on out there, but I'm sure we've had poorer games here, but that was really a poor performance for us. It is really disappointing and we'll have to find a way to bounce back. They played a very sagging, containing defense, very strong inside. I don't know 34 threes is the right number but between 20 and 30 is the right number. We are not shooting the ball well collectively as a team and I can't explain it. Then we had just lack of focus at times that are just incredible. A lot of things that I have to work on as a team to get them back to understand what it takes to play Michigan basketball."
Question: At this point are you worried that maybe it is just a focus thing that it may be flaws in what is going on with this particular group of players?
Coach Beilein: "I think we have certain guys…I think I've said this before, there is some tape-delay going on sometimes about what the next move would be defensively, fast break – who's my man that we got to get that learning curve up there. Some of that is with experienced players as well. There is this delay of what this next option is. Should I shoot it, should I not, should I pass it, should I not that is not going to help us score points and that carries right over to defense. Am I switching or am I not, am I helping or am I not is just a slow process going on."
Question: Could that be a lack of focus too?
Coach Beilein: "It could be a lack of focus."
Question: Like with the inbound pass that kind of bounces to mid court and your scrambling?
Coach Beilein: "Yeah the in-bounder did not see the out of bounds play. He thought it was something else. He didn't actually know what the out of bounds play was. It is just things that happened during the year. He was the only one that didn't know what we were running."
Question: I know that there are a lot of games left in the season, but after losing three games in a row, is there any concern right now?
Coach Beilein: "If somebody would've asked me 15th in the country that is really hard for me to stay, hey listen, we're there. Is there concern if we were going to finish 15th in the country? I never thought we were there. At the same time, there is a concern, we need to win games against good teams and we have to prove that we can do that again and we haven't proved we can do that yet. So that's a big thing that we have to do. We're collecting going to have to band together and find a way to do it."
Question: What are you missing from last year's team that you don't have right now?
Coach Beilein: "I can't put my finger on it just yet. I don't know if we're distracted in some areas or not. We were very focused I thought as a team and I think CJ (Lee), Shep (Jevohn Shepherd) and David (Merritt) helped us with that. But for whatever, it is not meshing the way it did last year, but there was a span last January that we were very much like this – exactly like this. We couldn't make a shot and one mistake led to another mistake and so as a result we got to find a way to help them get through that."
Question: Do you feel like you are getting into the offense enough?
Coach Beilein: "Yeah there are times when we could be more patient, but there are other times…I thought we were pretty patient tonight. I just think that we missed some opportunities and DeShawn (Sims) obviously got into foul trouble. Zach (Gibson) gave us a good lift too. We are just not a well functioning unit right now and that what's I'm supposed to do, figure that out."
Question: Would you say that the missed shots on offense kind of carries over mentally to defense?
Coach Beilein: "Yeah. When there are mental lapses defensively, given up lay ups out of bounds play or we think we're coming out of the game. It may carry over, it may not. We know our guys pretty well and we know that they are perfect and we've got to try and shore up the areas that they can improve in."
Question: Corey Raji is pretty good, but did you guys make him look too good?
Coach Beilein: "He didn't have too many people guarding him today. He's very good. Their Rakim Sanders wasn't even here too; he's pretty good too. This is obviously a really good team or we're really a bad team because I know the score came closer at the end but there never a doubt who the better team was out there today."
Question: Interior defense is a concern, it is being exposed game after game, so what can you guys do?
Coach Beilein: "We've got to get tougher, we've got to get better, we've got to get longer, we've got to get stronger, so many things. This team is going to beat anybody in the country with interior offense, this is what they do. They don't have a guy who weighs under 200 pounds and we got three or four guys who weight over 200 pounds. They are just going to jam it in, jam it in and jam it in. So there are some things that we can do. However, after the first 10 minutes, I thought our defense was excellent. They were on a 100 point game and they ended up with 62. They had 18 points I think 10 minutes into the game. They were on a 100 point game and we were able to make some adjustments."
Question: You just said getting longer and stronger, how do you do that?
Coach Beilein: "You can't get longer but you continue to nurture our players that we have, recruit, get all those things and keep our guys working in the weight room. This is not a simple thing to do. We also can change the rotation and try to get longer and stronger, but on one day prep, not a lot of things we can do and does it make it better for some teams, yes. Does it make us worse regarding other teams or scoring other teams, absolutely yet. We need to find that medium."
Question: You sat DeShawn at points last year early in the season; do you look at maybe going back to that again?
Coach Beilein: "No I don't think we will. It is not about sitting people. It's about putting the right people on the floor."
Question: Did they get the shots that you wanted and they just missed?
Coach Beilein: "I thought we had really good shots several times – really good shots. Even in that late spurt when we came back, we could have had a couple of spots and I thought a couple of times we took the ball to the basket we had wide open guys too. We'll just work through those things. We get this question all the time when your playing a containing team, with our personnel that we have right now, it is very hard to score inside. You could see, if Manny (Harris) was going to drive it, there were five guys waiting for him. You were not bringing that ball into the house tonight. As a result what do you? You put eight guys in a box, do you keep running it or are you going to throw it long and they had eight guys in the box."
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