John Beilein's Top 5 Teams At Michigan

We take a look at John Beilein’s five best teams during his time as the Wolverines’ head coach.

With the start of the 2018-19 season right around the corner, we take a look at John Beilein’s five best teams during his time as the Wolverines’ head coach.


Overall Record: 31-8

Big Ten Record: 12-6 (tied for fourth)

Big Ten Tournament: Quarterfinals

NCAA Tournament: Runner-up

The Wolverines began the season ranked fifth in the AP and USA Today preseason polls and never dropped out of the AP top ten. In week 13, they held the No. 1 spot in the AP poll with a 19-1 record. Michigan won seven of their first eight Big Ten games and then lost three of four in a stretch featuring three top ten opponents (Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan State). This team produced the school’s first 30-win season since 1992-93 and went 17-1 at Crisler Arena, the best home mark under Beilein. Guard Trey Burke swept the four major player of the year awards, averaging 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game. Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, and Glenn Robinson III contributed another 36.5 points per contest among them. As the No. 4 seed in the South region, the Wolverines defeated No. 1 Kansas in the Sweet 16 after Burke’s eight points in the last 75 seconds of regulation sent the game into overtime. From there, they knocked off No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Syracuse before falling to No. 1 Louisville in the title game.


Overall Record: 28-9

Big Ten Record: 15-3 (first)

Big Ten Tournament: Runner-up

NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight

The 2013-14 rendition of the Wolverines started and ended their season ranked seventh in the AP poll and eighth in USA Today. Michigan struggled out of the gate, going 6-4 through 10 teams but opened conference play a perfect 8-0. Five straight wins to close out the Big Ten schedule gave the program its first outright regular season title in nearly two decades (1985-86) by a comfortable three-game margin over Michigan State and Wisconsin. Nik Stauskas’ 17.5 points per game led the team, followed by Glenn Robinson III with 13.1 and Caris LeVert at 12.9. Coming off a loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, the Wolverines earned the Midwest’s No. 2 seed. They eventually bowed out to No. 8 Kentucky in the Elite Eight.


Overall Record: 33-8

Big Ten Record: 13-5 (tied for fourth)

Big Ten Tournament: Champions

NCAA Tournament: Runner-up

The team that ended the season with the best winning percentage in the Beilein era wasn’t ranked in the AP or USA Today poll at the beginning of the season. In fact, the Wolverines crack the top 25 until week 11. Following a loss at Northwestern on Feb. 2, they reeled of 14 straight wins, repeating as Big Ten Tournament champions in the process. To do so, Michigan beat three of the top four seeds, including regular season champion Michigan State. Entering the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the West and one of the hottest teams in the country, the Wolverines survived No. 6 Houston on a buzzer-beater from freshman Jordan Poole to reach the Sweet 16. From there, they advanced past No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 9 Florida State, and No. 11 Loyola Chicago. In the national championship game, Michigan came up short against Villanova, 79-62. Mo Wagner’s 14.6 points per game led a balanced scoring attack for this team.


Overall Record: 26-12

Big Ten Record: 10-8 (tied for fifth)

Big Ten Tournament: Champions

NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16

For all the success this team eventually had, it only spent one week in the top 25 of the AP or USA poll during the regular season. The Wolverines lost three of their first four Big Ten contests but finished the regular season by winning six of eight. While taking off for the Big Ten Tournament, their plane slid off the runway. When the team finally arrived in Washington D.C., it beat the top two seeds, Purdue and Wisconsin, en route to Beilein’s first Big Ten Tournament title. Fresh off their success in the conference tournament, Michigan was placed in the Midwest as a No. 7 seed. The Wolverines defeated No. 10 Oklahoma State and No. 2 Louisville before being eliminated by No. 3 Oregon in the Sweet 16. Derrick Walton Jr., Zak Irvin, Mo Wagner, and D.J. Wilson all averaged between 11 and 15.5 points per game for the team.


Overall Record: 24-10

Big Ten Record: 13-5 (tied for first)

Big Ten Tournament: Semifinals

NCAA Tournament: Round of 64

Trey Burke (14.8 ppg) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.6 ppg) were the only players averaging double-figures for this team, which came into the season ranked 13th in the AP poll and 14th in USA Today. Like the 2013-14 team, it ended in the exact same spot in both polls. A 15-1 home record and wins in five of their last six Big Ten games helped guide the Wolverines to a share of the Big Ten regular season title. The three-way tie with Michigan State and Ohio State was Michigan’s first regular season championship since the 1985-86 season. Following a loss to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, the Wolverines earned the No. 4 seed in the Midwest. They were upset by No. 13 Ohio in their first game of the NCAA Tournament.