Dec 3, 2012
Michigan Experimenting With Various Lineups

Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/article/20121203/SPORTS06/312030139/Michigan-basketball-coach-John-Beilein-experiments-with-various-lineups?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Sports|s

This is a new world for John Beilein.

Having as much talented depth as anytime in his career, the Michigan coach is experimenting with how to use it.

He spoke last week about putting on “the lab coats” to see what works. He showed some of that in Saturday’s 74-66 win over host Bradley.

Beilein made three roster decisions that could have ripple effects for the rest of the season.

The first and most obvious was to start freshman guard Nik Stauskas and bench senior Matt Vogrich. Stauskas responded with 22 points.

After that, it became more interesting. Beilein and his staff made the call during the week to play freshman wing Caris LeVert for the first time, ending his potential redshirt season.

“Our intention is not to burn (the redshirt) for just 2 minutes a game, Beilein said. We’re going to put him in there in the top 8 or 9, and hopefully he’ll play more minutes than that. I love the way he reacted to it. He wanted to do it.”

With his long wingspan at 6-feet-5, LeVert offered skills that fit perfectly with the role Beilein wants.

“We saw some things in the North Carolina State game, Beilein said. One of his roles will be to be a defensive stopper out there and go out and guard some people. Also make sure Timmy (Hardaway Jr.) gets more rest.”

The other decision was to play forward Max Bielfeldt in his hometown of Peoria, minutes that usually would go to Jon Horford, who Beilein said graciously stepped aside to give Bielfeldt his moment (9 minutes).

Beilein said Bielfeldt “answered the bell” and that he’s in the mix for frontcourt time, though only three really can play in a game.

Michigan Experimenting With Various Lineups

Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/article/20121203/SPORTS06/312030139/Michigan-basketball-coach-John-Beilein-experiments-with-various-lineups?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Sports|s

This is a new world for John Beilein.

Having as much talented depth as anytime in his career, the Michigan coach is experimenting with how to use it.

He spoke last week about putting on “the lab coats” to see what works. He showed some of that in Saturday’s 74-66 win over host Bradley.

Beilein made three roster decisions that could have ripple effects for the rest of the season.

The first and most obvious was to start freshman guard Nik Stauskas and bench senior Matt Vogrich. Stauskas responded with 22 points.

After that, it became more interesting. Beilein and his staff made the call during the week to play freshman wing Caris LeVert for the first time, ending his potential redshirt season.

“Our intention is not to burn (the redshirt) for just 2 minutes a game, Beilein said. We’re going to put him in there in the top 8 or 9, and hopefully he’ll play more minutes than that. I love the way he reacted to it. He wanted to do it.”

With his long wingspan at 6-feet-5, LeVert offered skills that fit perfectly with the role Beilein wants.

“We saw some things in the North Carolina State game, Beilein said. One of his roles will be to be a defensive stopper out there and go out and guard some people. Also make sure Timmy (Hardaway Jr.) gets more rest.”

The other decision was to play forward Max Bielfeldt in his hometown of Peoria, minutes that usually would go to Jon Horford, who Beilein said graciously stepped aside to give Bielfeldt his moment (9 minutes).

Beilein said Bielfeldt “answered the bell” and that he’s in the mix for frontcourt time, though only three really can play in a game.






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