The Wolverine

November 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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NOVEMBER 2018 THE WOLVERINE 35 knows that likely won't be the case when the season starts. U-M finished second in the country last year in turnovers, with only 9.3 per game, and is always good in that depart- ment under Beilein. "You sort of expected it," Beilein said of the sloppy play overseas. "We played way too [loose] … all those guys are trying to fit together, have got new roles. The teams we played were much different than the Italian teams we played four years ago. "We'll go over it … try to figure out when Michigan wins, why they won. One of them is we don't turn ball over. We put up all kinds of stats of why that works." The film was "not as interesting and informative as I thought it would be," he added, noting it was frustrat- ing not to be over there seeing it live. At the same time, he said, they've been showing 20- to 30-minute video clips once a week of those games as a learning tool, and it's already pay- ing off. There are plenty of question marks, however, and there's been a lot of turnover. The Wolverines lost Wag- ner, along with his 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, to the NBA, yet another first-round pick (25th overall to the Los Angeles Lakers) and feather in Beilein's cap. Any mismatches from the bigs on offense likely won't come from his vacated center position, so Beilein will have to adapt the offense (again). They also lose a trio of their top three-point shooters in Wagner, Dun- can Robinson (another pro, having

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