Quick hits: Beilein, Novak, Burke 

February, 10, 2012
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Michigan basketball coach John Beilein, senior guard Zack Novak and freshman point guard Trey Burke met with the media on Friday to discuss the 25th-ranked Wolverines' matchup with Illinois on Sunday. Here are a few of the main points the trio touched on:

BEILEIN:

  • ON ILLINOIS' RECENT SLUMP: The Illini are 1-5 in their last six games, with their average margin of defeat at 6 points per game. "I don't think they've been playing poorly,” Beilein said. "They've lost tight games, really tight games. They could've won all those games."
  • ON JUNIOR GUARD BRANDON PAUL: The 6-foot-4 junior averages 15 points and ranks third in the Big Ten with 19 points per conference game. Beilein pointed out Paul's rebounding, shooting, but said the most concerning thing is Paul's ability to get to the free-throw line.
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