For the sixth time in school history, Michigan’s basketball team is in the Final Four. After three early-round exits in a four-year span with the Wolverines, John Beilein has led his team to its biggest accomplishment since the Fab Five era. It requires some getting used to.
John Beilein joined Matt Shepard on WDFN in Detroit to discuss his team’s advancement to the Final Four, the celebration after beating Florida Sunday, the rest factor in the schedule and preparing for this run in the Big Dance.
On cutting down the net in celebration of reaching the Final Four after nearly losing to Kansas two days earlier in the Sweet 16:
“It was a bit, just, strange. And I’m trying to embrace these things more. I’m trying to do it. But I’m not real comfortable in those situations. You’ve probably seen that.”
On doing the Harlem Shake with the team on the flight home:
“We have a lot of fun during the year. They don’t see their coach having enough fun probably, but it was tremendous.”
On if his preparation has been any different for this tournament than in previous tournaments:
“Not really. I think that we’ve been having the ability to take a couple days off. We hated losing to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament, we hated it. But there was a silver lining there — it gave us an extra day with the grind of the Big Ten season, all the travels involved, just the way we’re scheduled, where there’s no consistency to the schedule … we needed a rest and we got one, and I think that was a big thing. And I think playing on Friday this week gave us another day’s rest, so it’s really helped us where we can just get a little bit more rest.”