Not so, say the Wolverines. Multiple players debunked a report by the Detroit News on its website that there was a mutiny afoot and they were tuning out Beilein.
"I don't know who made that rumor up," freshman guard Kelvin Grady told the Ann Arbor News. "Coach Beilein, he's put a lot into this system. Everything is starting to come together from what he's been talking about. No, we've never stopped listening to him."
Ironically, the report came just before Michigan nearly pulled off an upset at Wisconsin on Jan. 22 before falling 64-61.
"We started to pick up the intensity," sophomore forward DeShawn Sims said. "If you want to play big-time college basketball and compete, you have to pick up the intensity."
The intensity was also there against Michigan State on Jan. 27 but Michigan was outclassed in a 77-62 road loss that sent the Wolverines to their fourth straight loss and nine in their last 10 games. That left the Wolverines 5-15 overall and 1-7 in the Big Ten.
F Ron Coleman has lost his starting job since the senior missed the first game of his career Jan. 12 against Northwestern with a sprained right ankle. However, Coleman is getting healthier as his 16 minutes off the bench in the loss at Michigan State on Jan. 27 indicated. He had played a combined 11 minutes in the previous two games.
IN FOCUS: Michigan's young backcourt will have to handle the pressure of Minnesota's defense, one of the best in the nation at forcing turnovers. The Wolverines have won three straight and five of their last six games against the Golden Gophers.
PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters — F DeShawn Sims, F Epke Udoh, G Manny Harris, G Jevohn Shepherd, G C.J. Lee. Key Subs — F Zack Gibson, F Anthony Wright, G Kelvin Grady, G David Merritt.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're trying to learn intangibles about basketball right now and the effort areas. We're starting to understand those are important parts of winning." — Coach John Beilein.
Iowa 68, Michigan 60
Wisconsin 64, Michigan 61
Michigan State 77, Michigan 62
vs. Minnesota, Thursday, Jan. 31
at Ohio State, Tuesday, Feb. 5
vs. Penn State, Saturday, Feb. 9