John Beilein became a hot coaching commodity thanks to his work at West Virginia, and now the coach of the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines gets to face his old team for the first time when the two schools square off on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at Barclays Center.
Beilein enjoyed a successful run at West Virginia, leading them to an Elite 8 in 2005, a Sweet 16 in 2006 and an NIT Championship in 2007. He then left for Michigan, where he has helped bring the Wolverines back near the top of the college basketball world.
The Wolverines have started the season 10-0, which is the school's best start since the 1988-89 season. That year, Michigan won a national title. This season, the Wolverines have been dominant on both sides of the ball, scoring 77.9 points per game and allowing just 56.7 points per game.
Michigan is coming off a 67-39 victory over Binghamton on Tuesday. Star guard and leading scorer Trey Burke scored 19 points in the victory.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers have struggled somewhat to start the year, holding a record of 4-4. West Virginia blew a 13-point halftime lead in a 60-56 loss to Duquesne on Tuesday.