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April 2, 2013

Beilein Madness

Lockport-area family & friends joyous over Final Four berth

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LOCKPORT —

“When it got down to trailing by five with 30-40 seconds left, I said, ‘Okay, we’ll need a bit of a miracle, but we’ve lost some real tough games at the buzzer and I think we’re going to get some pay back,’” Joe Beilein said.
Molly said after enjoying Michigan’s latest win for a day, John’s already back to business — beating Syracuse on Saturday. Tip-off is 8:30 p.m. for the game between the Wolverines (30-7) and head coach Jim Boeheim’s Orange (30-9). Saturday’s other Final Four matchup at 6 p.m. pits Wichita State (30-8) vs. Louisville (33-5).
“We are all having such a good time with this. I had the flu and watched the weekend games at home with my husband, but we’re planning on going to Atlanta. I know (former Niagara County Sheriff) Tom (Beilein) and his wife are going. We’re just so proud of John and everything he’s accomplished. He’s such a humble man. He never forgot about the place he grew up nor the people he grew up with, especially his basketball junkie family.”
John Beilein’s coaching career began at Newfane, then moved upward on to Erie Community College, Nazareth, LeMoyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia, then Michigan.
Bill Beilein said he likes Michigan’s chances against the Orange.
“His teams have always kept the turnover margin down,” Bill Beilein said. “I think the biggest difference now is the rebounding factor. They have a great chance to beat Syracuse. Michigan scores points and Syracuse struggles to score points — and you need to score points to win these basketball games.”
Joe said the big difference in seeing his brother after the game on Friday was his attitude about the rest of the tournament.
“Back in 2005, when he got to the Elite 8 with West Virginia, he was extremely happy to be there, but this time around, he wants to win it all,” Joe Beilein said. “The Final Four is a defining moment for any college coach, let alone that coach being your brother.”
Molly concurred.
“John’s very focused on Syracuse right now. His goal is to win a championship, not just getting to the Final Four,” Molly said. “He’s going to try and get his team in the same mindset, all on board, all focused on the big task at hand. Go Michigan!”
The winner of Saturday’s games will play for the national championship at 9 p.m. Monday.

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