Michigan's John Beilein on the No. 1 ranking: 'I want to know where we're going to be in March'
John Beilein will, apparently, say it until he's blue in the face.
When it comes to his program possibly ascending to the No. 1 spot in America, he really doesn't care.
"I look at it like you look at football during the year and baseball during the year," Beilein said Friday on the Jim Rome Show. "I really don’t care what the power ratings are earlier (in those sports).
"For me, personally, I want to know where we’re going to be in March.”
After top-ranked Duke lost earlier this week against Miami, No. 2 Michigan (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) may very well move to the top spot in the country Monday if it can get by unranked Illinois in Champaign on Sunday.
It'd be the first time a Michigan basketball team -- who, at 18-1, is off to the best start in school history -- grabbed a top spot in the polls since the beginning of the 1992-93 campaign. That's fine, according to Beilein, but he has bigger goals in mind.
Fans might get excited, a few players might as well -- but not Beilein.
He's not budging.
“I hate to be a party killer here," he said. "But (a No. 1 ranking would) probably (mean) nothing at all (to me)."
While he's not changing his tune on the importance (or lack thereof) of college basketball polls, Beilein did offer a bit more insight when Rome asked him the second-most popular question of the season.
Is this Michigan team the best he's ever coached?
“That still remains to be seen,” said Beilein, who is in his 35th season as a head coach. “Looking at potential, it has tremendous upside to it. We had some teams at West Virginia that played at a very high level, and they just grew together. And these guys are growing together.
"We had some teams at Richmond and Canisius that were really good teams that we might have gotten beat in the (conference) tournament at the end, and nobody really knew what we were doing during the year. But this one has a chance to be one of the all-time best.”
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