Michigan basketball's versatility led it to the brink of the NCAA tournament
John Beilein looked at his roster before the season started, saw what was leaving and what was staying and wondered where the Wolverines’ scoring might come from.
Then the Michigan basketball coach thought back to teams from his past. He had coached young teams before, remembered they had struggled but by the end of his first season at Canisius and his first season at West Virginia those squads had shown signs of a turnaround.
At Michigan this year, it might have happened even faster than he expected.
“Any time, forget about who was out there, any time you have the inexperience, we were bringing back 11 points a game, 13 points a game and you have to score 65 or so to have a successful season,” Beilein said. “Stu (Douglass), Zack (Novak) and Darius (Morris), that was it. Matt’s numbers were nothing last year. So you had three guys coming back.