John Beilein likes his starting lineup, says Michigan's chemistry has been terrific early
ANN ARBOR -- Don't expect John Beilein to change his starting lineup at any point in the near future.
Through three games, Michigan has gone with a small starting five of sophomore Trey Burke, junior Tim Hardaway Jr., senior Matt Vogrich, freshman Glenn Robinson III and junior Jordan Morgan.
Beilein has supplemented the starters by subbing in freshmen Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary toward the first media timeout of each contest. Currently, it's a mix he really likes.
"It's really good to have scorers off the bench," Beilein said Thursday during an interview on WTKA 1050-AM. "My first coaching 101 from my mentors was to always have two scorers on the floor. We like the idea that when we give Tim or Trey a break, we replace them with scorers.
"Nik is off to a good start, and I like to have that John Havlicek guy coming off the bench who can wake up in the middle of the night and hit a jump shot."
Beilein had said before the season that he was going to try to install a true two-post offense at times this season, but so far, that hasn't happened. Michigan's gone with a three-guard lineup and played Robinson at the power forward position.
Although, that doesn't mean it can't happen down the road -- especially if McGary continues to round into better shape.
"Yesterday I worked him out, we had a really hard workout and he made every test with how much we wanted him to run with time and certain rest intervals," Beilein said. "He's getting there."
As far as team chemistry goes, Beilein says things couldn't be any better early on.
Many wondered how the Michigan locker room would handle itself without the presence of Zack Novak or Stu Douglass this season. That talk amped up even higher when Burke was suspended for the exhibition opener for a "violation of team standards," which stemmed from an undisclosed incident during the summer.
But, according to Beilein, once the team reported for full practice in October, everything has been full-go with basketball. No funny business, no chemistry issues, nothing.
"I cannot even recall in the first month here, any time that we had anybody misstep in practice as far as attitude," he said. "It's been nothing but all-out (effort). When you can just coach basketball, it makes you move more quickly with what you're trying to do.
"There hasn't been any 6 a.m. practices or any times when we've stopped and run like crazy because someone's been acting up. We've normally had that, frankly, and it's good that we haven't."