John Beilein talks Indiana-Michigan

Michigan coach John Beilein (USA Today)

Michigan coach John Beilein looks ahead to Sunday's game with Indiana in a interview following practice on Saturday. Hoosiers and Wolverines tip at 1 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall.

Michigan coach John Beilein talked about Sunday's game with Indiana is a teleconference with the media on Saturday afternoon. Here is that transcript of what Beilein had to say.

Opening Statement:

"We just finished practice and will leave later on today to get down to Indiana. Our kids are excited and we have had good practices in these two days. With short turnarounds, I think they have to be. So we move forward and see what we can do down in Indiana."

On the development of Yogi Ferrell from last year to this year:

"He had such a great team last year. I think the four other guys that started with him were terrific and he did a wonderful job of fitting in before trying to stand out. Now, all of a sudden he has taken on a personality of a 4-year starter. He is running the team and making big shots and is the go-to guy for them.

"He got a lot of minutes with us at USA Basketball (over the summer at World University Games) and I think that helped as well. But he has really been impressive in all of these games."

On whether it is an advantage having seen Ferrell, Sheehey this summer with USA Basketball:

"I'm not sure because we also taught them a lot of the things that we like to do at Michigan. Watching (Yogi) play, he is young as well – anything I learned from him or that we worked on for the World University Games – he is playing at a really high level right now and it won't make a difference."

On the difference with this Michigan team playing on the road compared to past teams:

"There is only one place in the league that we have not been able to win at since I've been here, and that is Columbus. We did win at East Lansing and we hadn't won at Wisconsin before, but very few teams do. I would say the ball bounced our way and it didn't in those other times when we lost."

On where Assembly Hall ranks among difficult road environments:

"There are a lot of loud places in the country that we have played at. It is hard to know the decibel levels and who has the loudest. I believe that atmosphere probably gets as loud as the Duke's, the Michigan State's, the Purdue's…those places that really seem to be loud as well. Iowa State was very loud this year and Michigan State was too. It's as good as it gets in terms of the atmosphere for a home game and it is as tough as it gets for a road team. We just have to play through all of that."

On Derrick Walton and difference in being a great freshman player and great freshman point guard:

"I think you have to have thick skin and a very high IQ to be a freshman point guard and have success. The very best ones – it is rare that they start and it's rare that they do everything like have a good assist/turnover ratio and shoot from deep with good percentages while running their team. If you watch the really good ones, it usually takes a couple years. In the last couple weeks, he has shown some flashes of playing a little bit beyond his years and not as a typical freshman point guard."

On one thing Walton has improved from non-conference play to Big Ten play:

"The minutes he has played has allowed the game to slow down. And I think defense would be the biggest thing that I have seen so far – that he has been able to play some pretty good defense on some pretty good players."

On the different challenges that Indiana presents this year without Zeller and Oladipo:

"Tom's teams have always been very good at driving the ball, but not as good as this team. This team really drives the ball hard and to the basket. That is why they are one of the better rebounding teams, because they get everybody to give help on the drive and then they are crashing in while you are giving help and lost your positioning. Of all the teams he has had at Indiana, this one drives the ball the best and rebounds the best. It is probably the best "true" point guard that he has had since he's been there as well.

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