John Beilein has taken Michigan basketball back to the Final Four, and he has his team hot at the right time for the second season in a row.
Beilein earned some recognition for Michigan’s impressive season Thursday when he was named CBS Sports’ National Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 campaign.
John Beilein named CBS Sports Coach of the Year
— CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) March 29, 2018
Beilein was not the Big Ten Coach of the Year in the 2017-18 season. That honor went to Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann, but it was voted on during the regular season.
Beilein has had Michigan making waves in the last seven weeks. The Wolverines have rattled off 13 straight wins, including four in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines are not the same team they were on Jan. 25 when they had a 6-4 record in Big Ten play.
Here’s part of what CBS Sports’ Reid Forgrave wrote about why Beilein won the honor:
Michigan’s last loss was Feb. 6, two days after the Super Bowl. The Wolverines have won 13 in a row, and Beilein is going to his first Final Four since his team lost to Louisville in the 2013 title game. And they’re doing it on defense — despite Beilein’s longstanding reputation as an offensive guru, this team is building its reputation on one of the nation’s best defenses. That’s the reason why the 65-year-old Beilein, one of the most respected coaches in the game, is CBSSports.com’s Coach of the Year.
Beilein and Michigan face Loyola-Chicago in the Final Four on Saturday night.