The Michigan Wolverines are doing their best to absolve Chris Webber from any timeout related demons. With their win in the Final Four, the Wolverines are on their way back to the National Title game and hoping to capture the title. It may have taken a while for John Beilein to get here, however, it may be up to his strategy to help propel Michigan into college basketball lore.
Beilein does not mind pushing the ball on offense. Coming into their game against the much hyped Syracuse Orange 2-3 zone, many different theories of how Michigan was going to beat it were thrown out. It seemed as if Beilein heard every one of those pieces of advice and implemented each to help the Wolverines advance to the National Title game.
Heading into Monday night’s game against the Louisville Cardinals is going to be a bit different. The Cardinals don’t rely on one specific type of defense to win, but use a variation of styles to help create pressure and generate turnovers. Michigan is going to have to counteract that with quality possessions and limit the time they give away the ball.
Don’t expect Beilein to give up on pushing the ball, though. Michigan has the athletes to run up and down the court with anybody — even the talented Cardinals. Much like they did against Syracuse, do not be shocked if Beilein has his team pushing the ball at least pass the half court mark. This would be more to null and void the chances of Louisville setting up a press than trying to get to the basket or score within seconds of the shot-clock.
In the same way Louisville will use a slew of different defenses. Expect Michigan to use the same variable offenses. Beilein may not be a legend like Rick Pitino, but he is no slouch either.