KANSAS CITY, MO – The college basketball season can be long, but not so long that coach John Beilein can’t remember how poorly his Wolverines started league play. The Big Ten tournament champions looked like NIT invitees for sure after starting the year 4-6, but since then they’ve gone on a tear to enter the NCAA tournament as the country’s hottest team.
They’ll face Oregon in a battle for a spot in the Elite Eight, and despite the Ducks missing one of their key players in Chris Boucher, coach Beilein isn’t considering them less than full strength at all.
Tom McCarthy caught up with coach Beilein ahead of the game.
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Tournament Pregame Interviews
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DALLAS, TX – As a Virginia Cavaliers player, Dawn Staley made it to three consecutive Women’s Final Fours, including the National Championship game in 1991. Twenty-six years later, she returns to the final, this time as the head coach of SEC double-champion South Carolina. With the national title on the… Read More »
DALLAS, TX – Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer has already made a huge statement in his return to his home state of Texas, shocking the sports world when his second-seeded Bulldogs knocked off top-seeded Connecticut in a hard-earned, overtime victory in the Final Four. The thrilling upset just also… Read More »
GLENDALE, AZ – Your first Final Four can be a wild experience, filled with extra media attention and fun events. But for Tyler Dorsey, he’s just looking forward to the basketball. The Oregon Ducks are in their first-ever Final Four and they’ll get right into the meat of it with… Read More »
GLENDALE, AZ – North Carolina came about as close to the mountain top as you can last year, falling to a Villanova buzzer-beater in the championship. It’s been a long year for the Tar Heels to get back to the Final Four, but Kennedy Meeks thinks they’re ready to finish… Read More »