MORGANTOWN - There will be people in the Barclays Center or watching on ESPN on Saturday night who haven't seen or closely followed John Beilein since he left West Virginia in April 2007.
Those folks cheered the NIT championship and Beilein's big farewell that year before shifting their attention to Bob Huggins and the five NCAA Tournament teams that followed.
The reunion of the past and the present in the Winter Festival (8 p.m.) in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be the first time many WVU fans have gotten a good look at the brand of basketball Beilein brought to Michigan.
Beilein said they won't notice much of a difference. Even he can blend the two experiences. When Beilein coached shooting guard Zack Novak at Michigan, he'd slip and call him Johannes because Novak reminded Beilein so much of former WVU guard Johannes Herber.
"With our point guard play, you don't know how many times I tell Trey Burke what a tough son-of-a-gun J.D. Collins was or how Darris Nichols used to play for us," Beilein said. "I don't know if we'll ever find another Kevin Pittsnogle because he was so unique in his talent, but we've got guys at the top of our zone right now who play very much like a Tyrone Sally or a Da'Sean Butler."
The resemblances are inevitable because the same coach who led WVU to 104 wins and was a play away from the 2005 Final Four is now powering a Michigan team that's 10-0 and ranked No. 3 nationally.
He has won 101 games in six seasons and the Wolverines are off to their best start since winning the 1989 national title.
Yet while the style and success of Beilein's teams are similar, they're not identical.
Patrick Beilein played for his father at WVU from 2002-06, was a graduate assistant at Michigan and emulates his dad as the first-year coach at West Virginia Wesleyan. Don't expect a wave of backdoor passes, 7-footers snapping off 3-pointers, a 1-3-1 zone defense and crippling rebounding deficiencies.
These are not his father's Mountaineers.
"I'd say the biggest change is the type of player that he is recruiting, in the sense they still have the same skill set and they can still pass and shoot, but he has bigger guys and more of a low-post presence," the younger Beilein said. "Our West Virginia teams, the (center) could really shoot it with Pittsnogle and (Jamie) Smalligan. Now he has more (centers) who play on the block and go offensive rebound.
"He's adapted to the style of the Big 10 and he needed to do that. I think West Virginia fans will be shocked to see how big his team is, especially the wing and center positions, and how long and athletic they are, but with the same skill set."
John Beilein was 10-22 his first Michigan season, 21-14 in his second with a NCAA Tournament appearance, and 15-17 in the third year.
Since then, he's 55-24 overall and 22-14 in the Big 10, with a share of the conference title last season.