ANN ARBOR -- Given John Beilein's 40 years of coaching, he's made a lot of connections. None extend to the Montana basketball program.
After learning Sunday evening that Michigan will play Montana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Beilein admitted he knew nothing about his opponent. His assistants got to work immediately to correct that.
"I'll have a great cup of coffee (Monday morning) and I'll begin studying Montana," Beilein said. "Is Montana the Grizzlies? I think they are. The Grizzlies. We'll start studying them."
It's no surprise that a small conference school two time zones away was not on Michigan's radar.