John Beilein spoke with the media after Michigan’s first road win of the season, a 74-66 victory over Bradley. You can watch using the embedded media player below or read selected notes and quotes after the jump.
On Nik Stauskas starting: “He needs to have more practice with some of our early plays including coming out after timeouts. … If he hadn’t played such good defense on (Scott) Wood (for NC State), this never would have happened. He showed he can guard people, he showed he can get in the lane and obviously he showed he can shoot.”
Beilein saw opportunities for Michigan to “play through” Stauskas, partly because Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. were so well-defended.
On Stauskas’s defense, “That’s what the coaches are all looking for. Matt (Vogrich) really understands what we’re doing defensively. … Nik, after four weeks, it’s more difficult. … He’s proven he can do that now.”
Max Bielfeldt got the lion’s share of playing time over Jon Horford because Bielfeldt was co