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Michigan basketball's relentless defense reflects its assistant coach

WICHITA, Kan. — Every morning, Michigan coach John Beilein wakes up to an email from Luke Yaklich, his assistant coach.

Most of the time, these emails arrive before the crack of dawn.

“He’s up early,” Beilein said. “I have to remind him that I don’t check my emails early in the morning. I check my texts when I wake up, which is usually around 6 a.m. They are usually already in my in-box.”

Yaklich, whose sole responsibility is working with Michigan’s defense, never seems to stop, much less sleep. He works constantly. Coaches constantly. Making countless suggestions.