So there remains a great deal of teaching and refinement to be done if Michigan is going to continue its success.
"We've played five freshmen, more than any team in the country. And it's very rare for those type of young men to be able to sustain success,'' Beilein said. "We're trying every day to continue to get them to understand prosperity and continue to get better.''
Of course, Michigan does rely heavily on a pair of relative veterans. Sophomore Trey Burke (17.1 points, 5.1 assists per game) is one of the best point guards in the country and 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.8 points) does a little bit of everything. The Wolverines also have a pair of burly big men in 6-8, 250-pound starter Jordan Morgan and 6-10, 250-pound reserve Jon Horford.
But a lot of the scoring comes from newcomers. Nik Stauskas, a 6-6, 190- pound Canadian guard, averages 13.5 points and is a deadly 3-point shooter, making 58.7 percent. Glenn Robinson III, a 6-6, 210-pounder, averages 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds.
All in all, Michigan has just about everything and has depth, too. Mitch McGary is another in the mold of Morgan and Horford at 6-10, 250 pounds, while Spike Albrecht gives Burke a breather at point. And 6-5 Caris LeVert is working his way in after breaking his redshirt four games ago and provides defensive length. All three are freshmen.
With all of that, it's little wonder Michigan is ranked so highly, but Beilein cautions not to get carried away with early season hype and predictions.
"I don't think that I'm uncomfortable with any of the preseason, preconference type of gossip about who's the best. But that's got to be determined down the road,'' Beilein said. "You can't always get there, but we always want to be Top 20, Top 30, Top 40 somewhere when we get into March. That means you get to play in the NCAA tournament and if the ball bounces your way, these kids can fulfill their dreams.
"I'm comfortable with our mission and the process will take care of itself. I don't give a hoot about how [good] people think we are.''
West Virginia, meanwhile, has no such burden of high hopes these days, not after starting 4-4 and losing Tuesday at Duquesne, blowing a 15-point lead.
"They're all important for us now,'' Huggins said. "We're sitting here with four losses in eight games and every game becomes critical for us if we want to continue to play in the NCAA tournament.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1