Mad Dog Mantra: Too Soon To Start Izzo Comparisons?
University of Michigan head basketball coach John Beilein punched his ticket to his second Final Four appearance on Saturday.
Since 2012, his program's success has spoken for itself.
Michigan's recent success has caused some to start pondering aloud whether or not the Michigan coach is starting to outperform his East Lansing rival, Tom Izzo.
To find out whether or not the comparisons are a bit premature, let's do the numbers.
Izzo's current March Madness appearance streak is at 21 straight seasons.
Michigan's last missed the NCAA Tournament in 2015 after going 16-16.
Izzo has had six players drafted while Beilein has had seven since 2012. Draymond Green of Michigan State balances the tide a bit with two NBA Championships, however.
In terms of postseason performance, Michigan has gone 15-4 since 2013. The Spartans have lagged slightly behind with a 11-6 record in that same amount of time.
This season, Michigan State saw unprecedented regular season success, going 30-5 overall and winning the Big Ten outright.
Michigan's conference play started shaky before going on to beat Michigan State twice, including a win in the Big Ten Tournament.
As Mad Dog points out, Beilein is doing a great job. It just might not mean that he has eclipsed hall of famer Izzo just yet.