The first statistic that is going to be broadcast on repeat this week: John Beilein is 0-9 against Jim Boeheim. Two of those wins were while Beilein was at Richmond, six while he was at West Virginia and one while he was at Michigan.
This was John Beilein eight years ago:
“I don’t know how to beat it,” West Virginia head coach John Beilein said. “I’m 0-7 against Coach Boeheim and I haven’t found a way to beat him. And it’s so consistent every year. … You can’t beat it.”
Beilein hopes he found the answer in the last eight years: talent. The difference between those games and this one is that now Beilein has a roster loaded with future pros; easily the most talented of his career. But Boeheim’s roster is no slouch. This is the best defensive team that Boeheim has fielded in the Ken Pomeroy era (2003 onward).
Michigan vs. Zone Defense
Michigan hasn’t played against many zone defenses. The Wolverines have faced zone defense on 325 possessions this year, scoring 328 points for a respectabl