Michigan coach John Beilein and Northwestern coach Bill Carmody called into Monday's Big Ten coaches teleconference. Here are some of the key points the coaches touched on:
WHAT ZACK NOVAK AND STU DOUGLASS HAVE MEANT FOR THE PROGRAM: "I wish I could say I was this accurate with recruiting," Beilein said. "We were just looking for two really solid kids that we could count on, that loved basketball, ran through the doors at Michigan because they wanted to play in the Big Ten. … That's what they proved to be." Beilein referenced Novak and Douglass' work ethics and how that aspect has created a culture at Michigan.
ON DIFFERENCES BETWEEN NU LAST TIME AND THIS: Beilein said John Shurna as a 5-man changes Northwestern a bit, but that he's very impressed with their statistics this year, noting Northwestern's field goal percentages and 3-point field goal percentages are up.