John Beilein laughs off analyst's prediction of Michigan in the 2013 Final Four
Jeff Sainlar | AnnArbor.com
At least one college basketball analyst expects big things from the Michigan basketball program next season.
Even if John Beilein thinks he's crazy.
Big Ten Network analyst Tim Doyle joined Beilein on his weekly radio show Monday night to preview the 13th-ranked Wolverines' home game against Northwestern on Wednesday.
While on the show, broadcast by 1270 AM WXYT in Detroit and 1050 WTKA in Ann Arbor, Doyle paid Beilein's fledgling program a rather lofty compliment.
"A note to you guys, I got a chance to see (2012 signee) Glenn Robinson III play in Milwaukee this past weekend, and holy cow is that kid good," Doyle said on the program. "And I've got a prediction next year: I think Michigan is a Final Four team next year."
"What happy hour are you at right now?" he said in jest.
While Beilein was quick to fend off any lofty expectations for next season, he did appreciate the praise Doyle dropped on Robinson.
In addition, the fifth-year Michigan coach explained again how excited he is to be adding Robinson (a four-star small forward), Nik Stauskas (a four-star guard/forward) and Mitch McGary (a five-star power forward) next season.
"We love all three of those guys," Beilein said. "(Robinson and Stauskas) came in here very proud for the Minnesota game (earlier this month) and Mitch had come (for the Penn State game).
"They're all doing very well, but we've got some good guys on this team right now. A lot of guys in that room that can get a lot of work done this year."
Hardaway working on positive emotion
Beilein spoke on how emotional Tim Hardaway Jr. played Sunday during Michigan's 59-41 win over Wisconsin.
Hardaway posted the first double-double of his season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and did so with positive emotion, according to Beilein.
Not self-inflicted emotion.
"It's emotion going in the right direction," Beilein said. "That's really important. And I don't mean he's ever been selfish, he's just very hard on himself. And we're all working at that.
"You try and help him through it like everything, just like your own children. ... He's phenomenal as far as trying to get better and working at it. He has his blind spots just like I do, and just like you do. You just (try) to help him see how to attack things."
Burke up to the challenge
Following Michigan's win over Wisconsin, Beilein remarked how much freshman point guard Trey Burke seemed to relish the chance to guard Wisconsin senior All-American Jordan Taylor.
So much so that when Beilein took Burke off Taylor for a moment, the freshman reacted with some disappointment.
Burke enjoys going head-up against the country's best, but not enough to make it a one-on-one game, says Beilein.
"He's grown up in the environment when he's played against the best teams in the country, the best AAU teams in the country and he likes matchups," Beilein said. "He likes the idea of 'that guy's really good, let's see how I match up.' He likes that challenge and it's really good to have that type of attitude.
"It's not about 'I'm going to go down and dunk on him,' he wants two things: To show he can play, but most importantly, he wants his team to win."
All former alums welcome in the PDC
Beilein thanked both the sellout crowd Sunday during Michigan's win over Wisconsin, and the dozens of former players who returned to Crisler Center to celebrate the dedication of the Player Development Center.
In addition, Beilein said he wants to make sure every Michigan basketball alum knows he's welcome inside the new facility.
Now and forever.
"I personally invited a lot of guys to come back, and some of them couldn't make it," Beilein said. "But that's not just our Player Development Center, that is the home of Michigan basketball now and forever. And I want every former player to feel like he can walk in there.
"This is his home. I don't know if we've had that (before), we have that now."
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