John Beilein on the state of Michigan basketball: 'I really don't have a comment'

Former Michigan basketball head coach John Beilein didn't offer a comment on the struggles of the Wolverines on Sunday night.
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Former Michigan basketball head coach John Beilein is now a studio analyst for the Big Ten Network. He's watched his former program struggle but Beilein hasn't been critical of Juwan Howard or the Michigan Wolverines and he didn't take the bait on Sunday. Saying only that "he didn't have a comment."

Beilein, while working in his job for the Big Ten Network, was asked about Michigan basketball, which suffered a 23-point loss to Ohio State on Sunday. It was the eighth consecutive road game in which Michigan trailed by at least 20 points.

The Wolverines are now 8-22 overall and 3-16 in the Big Ten. They have clinched their first last-place finish in the Big Ten in decades. Ohio State fired its head coach and the Buckeyes have won four of five games and are trending toward a postseason bid (NCAA or NIT).

Michigan basketball is trending in the wrong direction and it's been going that way since the end of the 2020-21 season. The Wolverines lost in the Elite 8 to UCLA that season as the No. 1 seed and since then, Michigan basketball has a record of 45-43. U-M has now missed the NCAA tournament two seasons in a row and could still finish with 24 losses.

Beilein, who coached Michigan basketball to the Final Four twice, two national championship games, two Big Ten titles, two Big Ten tournament titles, and five Sweet 16s, was asked about the Wolverines on Sunday night, but said, "I don't have a comment right now. I really don't have a comment."