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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

John Beilein deserved Big Ten Coach of the Year*

I must be missing something.y
On Monday night, the Big
Ten handed out its postsea-
son basketball honors and named
this season's all-conferencef
teams. I was
half-paying-
attention to
the announce-
ment on Big
Ten Network
and half-doing,
homework, .
because hon-
estly, these LUKE
awards mean PASCH
squat in the.
grand scheme
of postseason basketball._
I should have been tuning into r.
ESPN to watch VCU and Drexel
battle for the Colonial Athletic
Association Championship and aF
chance to wear the glass slipper
in the upcoming NCAA Tourna-
ment.'
But alas, Iam a Big Ten men's,
basketball beat reporter, and I,
reluctantly watched Michigan
State's Draymond Green accept
his inevitable Player of the Year.
award.
Then the Big Ten awarded ALDtN StiSt/Daly
Spartan coach Tom Izzo with Michigan coach John Beilein led Michigan to a share of the Big Ten title this season. He was beaten out by Michigan State's Torn Izzo for Coach of the Year.
Coach of the Year.
I perked up from behind my revered in the sport - experts in ing an underwhelming 2010-11 But at Big Ten Media Dayback and current freshman Branden
accounting textbook and listened their craft. I'm an undergraduate season, and Izzo's touch was a in October, the Spartans were Dawson.
intently. That couldn't be right. nobody with a MacBook keyboard necessary ingredient to that turn- projected to finish in the top three So, yes, the premier Michigan
If the members of the selection and opinions that, if I'm lucky, a around. of the conference standings. They State program is back. But did
committee really chose Izzo over freshman will read while he sits The Spartans also played a par- were expected to return to their anyone expect otherwise? The
Michigan coach John Beilein or in an Ugh bathroom stall. ticularly tough schedule, battling normal selves and to become a Spartans were never short on tal-
Indiana coach Tom Crean, they're if the coaches thought Izzo some top ACC opponents early force to be reckoned with once ent, and even in their down sea-
out of their minds. deserved the honor, they probably in the year before entering their again. son a year ago they still advanced
The announcement continued see something I don't. grueling Big Ten schedule. And Let's not forget that Izzo's all the way to the Big Ten Tour-
- the media panel and the confer- But here is what I see: they did it all just a year after los- leaders on the court are Green nament semifinal and earned an
ence's coaches had both settled Michigan State, without doubt, ing star point guard Kalin Lucas and sophomorepoint guard NCAA Tournament bid.
on Izzo. just completed an impressive to graduation. Keith Appling - a pair of former When I'm looking for a Coach
Even the coaches? regular-season campaign. The Overall, Michigan State's ESPN top-SO recruits. And he of the Year, I'm looking for a
The Big Tenbasketball coaches Spartans returned to their typical performance this year was quite replenished his lineup with for- coach who turned heads.
are among the most highly Big Ten-powerhouse role follow- commendable. mer McDonald's All-American In November, Beilein and the

Wolverines traveled to the Maui
Invitational to take on some of the
top competition in the country.
He took with him a freshman
point guard whose collective
collegiate experience had come
against Ferris State, Towson and
Western Illinois - a solid collec-
tion of mid-major nothingness.
Beilein also brought along a
pair of senior co-captains in Zack
Novak and Stu Douglass, who
both received only one major
Division-I scholarship offerback .
in high school, that coming from
Michigan.
On day one in Maui, Beilein's
crew of rag-tag underdogs shut
down then-No. 8 Memphis and
immediatelybegan to garner the
national attention it deserved.
And with the spotlight on in con-
ference play, the Wolverines went
toe-to-toe with the Big Ten elites
and earned a share of the regular-
season crown.
Beilein's team doesn't win on
pure talent.
Beilein's guys aren't known for
their athleticism, and they rarely
have opportunities to execute
flashy, rim-rocking alley-oops.
Michigan wins because
Beilein's fingerprints are all over
the program. He's the coach who
inherited a star-studded team
with Manny Harris and DeShawn
Sims but became a champion five
years later when his go-to guys
were Novak and Douglass.
That's all coaching, and to me,
what Beilein's done this season
is an accomplishment worthy of
Coach of the Year honors.
But hey, I'm just a writer.
Maybe there's something I don't
see.
- Pasch can be reached
at lpasch@umichedu

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like they've been preparing well
and (are) just not performing."
Just two tournaments remain
for Michigan as it will play in
Mesa, Ariz. (March 16-18) and
Melbourne, Pla. (April 9-10),
before entering the Big Ten
Championships at the end of
April. With not much time to
get back on track, the Wolver-
ines still seem to be feeling good
about their chances, and the lack
of recent success hasn't broken
the team's con-
fidence.
"The team
gan has) still thinks (it)
can go out and
-eparing play (the) next
tournament
just not and play great,"
Stacy said.
ming. Now would
certainly not
be a bad time
for Michigan
to begin play-
ing as it did this fall. If they can
build momentum with their final
two events leading up to Big
Tens, the Wolverines will not be
looking to finish in the middle of
the pack. Instead, they will be
looking for the season to come
full circle with a top-place finish.
It may have been over four
months since their last top-five
finish, but Stacy pointed out that
"(our) goals are still lofty".
Come time for the Big Ten
Championships, we'll know just
how lofty these goals turn out to
be.
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