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John Beilein is heading into uncharted territory.
For the first time since he began climbing the Division I coaching ladder, Beilein is entering his sixth season with the same school. And what a campaign it could be. His Michigan Wolverines are coming off a Big Ten championship and start 2012-13 ranked fifth in the country, opening the season against Division II Slippery Rock in Ann Arbor on Friday night.
"I think anybody building a program has to understand, it is difficult, because people weren't stepping back and saying, 'Hey, let's let Michigan have their turn.' It's hard to get there," Beilein said. "If you establish the culture and get the right breaks here and there, anything can happen."
The Wolverines are one of three Big Ten teams in the top five. The No. 5 ranking is Michigan's highest in the preseason since 1993, when the Wolverines were coming off back-to-back appearances in the NCAA title game.
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No. 5 Michigan opens its season tomorrow against Slippery Rock. Coach John Beilein discussed The Rock and the Wolverines focus going into their first game of 2012-13. Beilein also discussed the lineup and rotations to start the season, Stauskas’ injury situation, Burke and Albrecht playing in the same back court, and more. ***Full Video of the Press conference included***
John Beilein previewed Michigan’s season opener against Slippery Rock this afternoon with the media. Beilein made it clear that he won’t overlook the Division II opener and also relayed some injury news. Freshman guard Nik Stauskas is dealing with back spasms and is “probably questionable” while Jon Horford is expected to be in the rotation Friday.
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In Part Two of GoBlueWolverine's Michigan basketball preview, Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz discuss the rotation that John Beilein will be able to tinker with in his sixth year in Ann Arbor.
Five years ago, the University of Michigan basketball program was going through some changes after a dark period in which the Wolverines failed to make an NCAA Tournament field for more than 10 years. Tommy Amaker did his best in six seasons leading the team, but he never seemed to get the program over the hump, only finding his team nationally-ranked twice, and never in the top...
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Elsewhere in the college basketball world there will be games at military bases and aircraft carriers but Michigan will open its season in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines host Slippery Rock, a school most associated with scoreboard updates at Michigan stadium, to begin the 2012-13 campaign. The Wolverines were nearly flawless in exhibition play and hope to carry...
Who: Slippery Rock (0-0) at Michigan (0-0)
Where: Crisler Center (Ann Arbor, MI)
When: 8:30 p.m., Friday, November 9th, 2012
TV: BTN.com/MGoBlue All-Access
More: Beilein preview video; Morgan, Bartelstein previews
Slippery Rock isn’t the grandiose season opening opponent that many had hoped for to christen the newly renovated Crisler Center...
After seven-and-a-half long months of waiting, the Michigan basketball season finally begins tonight as the Wolverines welcome the Rockets of Division II Slippery Rock to the newly-renovated Crisler Center. Because Slippery Rock is not in Division I, this game will technically not count in Michigan’s RPI or Strength of Schedule calculations at the end of the season, but anything...