Well, the improvement actually wasn't that surprising given the traditional strengths of Beilein's teams. In our 5-year-trends post from last November, we noticed multiple areas where large improvement seemed likely based on Beilein's track record, specifically:
- Turnover percentage (on both ends of the floor)
- FG%, especially on two pointers
- Assists as a percentage of made FG (which is more indicative of style than quality, but we'll include it anyway)
Type of change?
It's clear that Beilein's style has been embraced by his players, and it's already paying big dividends for a program that had been scuffling for a decade. When a coach is able to get those kind of results in just his second season - and after that season loses only role players from his roster - expectations tend to skyrocket. Michigan already made a huge jump from 112th to 50th in Pomeroy's ratings - is it reasonable to expect another big jump into top 20 territory? We'll delve into this question on Monday.