"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
About a 6 minute interview with Cazzie on lostlettermen.com
I know it's not exactly a new flash to people, but the officiating of the Wisconsin game was horrendous. This is not MarioKart on N64, officiating should not handicap a team for being ahead. Michigan can't get a call all game, especially in the first half where time after time Michigan players got fouled without call and Wiscy gets the benefit because they're behind. But once there's a minute and a half left, Manny gets the call he hasn't gotten all game and Gibson (who played terrible) gets away with an egregious foul.
You might say this is sour grapes and you'ld pry be right considering this game coupled with the UConn win would give new life to the season. As such, we go right back to having to go probably 8-4 the rest of the way against a brutal schedule.
Finally, I want to say it's still not the reason we lost IMO, as we missed layups and couldn't manufacture offense down the stretch, but it still kills me to have games influenced so strongly by the officials.
For argument's sake, let's say Manny Harris decides to jump to the big leagues following this season. Who then do you see being the "face" of Michigan basketball for the next couple years?
My vote is for Zack Novak and here's my two reasons why.
1. This kid's hustle and grit is very respectable and has created quite a decent following. He may not light up the stat sheet, but he brings many intangibles that can help swing a game in our favor, not to mention he's slowly emerging as a locker room leader.
2. He is a strong representative of Beilein's system (aka 3-pointer reliance). He showed Sunday that he can make a clutch shot when called on.
I feel Novak fits the current culture of Michigan basketball the most once Manny departs. Other honorable mentions would be Stu Douglas, and Darius Morris.
I was not at the game and did not hear/see it on the telecast, but this is certainly disappointing to read from The Detroit News. It almost rings of a Freep piece:
Anyone at the game who can provide some color? It's really frustrating to read on a number of levels, but especially since those of us real fans know it's a big recruiting weekend.
So I read the MIchigan Daily article debating which team was more disappointing and naturally wanted the opinion of the MGoCommunity on the topic. So let's break down the cases for each.
Basketball: Basketball came in as a top 15 ranked team and coming off of the first NCAA tourney in 11 years. They only lost two walk-ons from the previous year and brought back two of the more explosive players in the Big Ten. Student ticket sales skyrocketed as people anticipated a repeat performance and becoming a regular participant in the NCAA tournament. The team then dropped two of three in Orlando(a tournament where they were co-favorites), lost to a mediocre BC team that lost to Harvard, and blew a 17-pt HOME lead in the biggest dong-punching game since Roy Roundtree was tackled at the one.
Hockey: Hockey had a preseason top 5 ranking and had made the NCAA tournament 19 straight years. They returned the bulk of an excellent defense and Hogan was a seemingly solid returning goalie. The team struggled early culminating in sweeps against MSU and Miami(No not that Miami). The team decided to preemptively try to out dong-punch the basketball team by losing a game where they outshot the opponent 46-13?!?! The team did just come off of a must have sweep against WMU, but that doesn't seem to be enough to save their season.
Well to be honest, I really could care less about hockey but from an objective point of view it appears their season to be much more disappointing. As a fan base I think that hockey is way more important to the average Michigan student(as judged by the fact that even my friends that couldn't name a football position other than QB can break down hockey).
But I would like to put forth the question to the community at large:
Who was more disappointing this season, the hockey team or the basketball team?
With the talk of Beilein's extension, I got to thinking about what this team would look like without the transfers / decommit from the last three years. Imagine this lineup...
PG - Kelvin Grady
SG - Manny Harris
SF - Alex Legion
PF - DeShawn Sims
C - Ekpe Udoh
Off the Bench...
LLP, Gibson, Douglass, Novack, Morris
Stictly from a talent / ability standpoint, this would be a killer lineup. Too bad it didn't work out for the variety of reasons it didn't.