Michigan’s win Thursday over Illinois was unlike any John Beilein has had during his 10 seasons with the Wolverines. And it moved him atop the record book.
The victory — a 75-55 win over the Illini in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament — was Beilein’s 210th with the Wolverines, more than any other coach in program history. Michigan is 21-11 on the season, and Beilein pulled ahead of Bill Frieder, who won 209 games at Michigan from 1980-89.
Including the 2016-17 campaign, Beilein’s Michigan teams have won at least 20 games during seven of his 10 seasons in Ann Arbor. Beilein is 210-134 (.610 winning percentage) with Michigan and has 414 career Division I wins as a head coach, thanks to 104 at West Virginia and 100 at Richmond.
To the best of our knowledge, the win Thursday was also the first for a Beilein team in practice jerseys. The Wolverines beat Illinois less than 24 hours after a plane accident delayed their trip to Washington D.C. for the tournament. Their regular jerseys were stuck in the old plane, but Michigan still shined in its practice threads.