i refuse to even consider this a possibility
It was FOUR years ago tonight that Stu Douglass changed the direction of Michigan Basketball.
Michigan entered the game on a 6-game losing streak that included horrible losses to the likes of bad Indiana, Northwestern and Minnesota teams. The season looked to be going as the "experts" had predicted before the season started. (They had Michigan finishing 10th of 11 in the Big Ten).
And then something funny happened. Michigan led for most of the game but you just weren't sure if this was real or not. It sure didn't seem like it near the end as state had a comeback in the final 2 minutes.
And then it happened. It REALLY happened. A three pointer that ended the hopes of a state comeback up at breslin with under 30 seconds to go to put Michigan up 60-55. Michigan's first win there since most of the players on that team were in kindergarten.
And the rest, they say, is history.
1/27/2011 to Basketball, is what 11/22 was to Football, IMHO. A special date that should never be forgotten.
Fitting another Michigan MBB team pulled on out a win on this night.
As recently as 5 days ago, this kid was planning on redshirting, although he only played 8 mins tonight, they were a big 8 mins. He had a big rebound and a really nice pickpocket steal while running the point allowing Spike and MAAR to rest when needed, without a noticable drop in the flow of the offense. He looked comfortable and that is a huge reflection on how hard he works and also on the coaching staff.
Good game tonight, Andrew!
It was funny to see the tiny lineup with our 2 guards at 6'1 and tallest guy at 6'7 but, BEILEIN!
Let's try to come up with 100 things that we hate about MSU basketball.
1. Those Sparty bros with the numbers on their chests
2. Their you off/you fired shirts.
3. How every time they lose their coach/players/fans have some excuse for why they lost. The refs were bad/they were injured/their plane was late etc.
Next man up
Per Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com on Twitter, Michigan may be close to making a very surpirsing offer to 2015 3* center Levi Cook, a 6'10" 300 pounder out of Huntington Prep. Apparently Michigan has asked for his transcripts and he thinks an offer is on its way assuming his grades look good.
He is a very big boy, but he has great feet and soft hands. Taking a peek at his highlight video, he can get off the floor pretty well for a guy his size, too. With his quick feet and wide frame, I think he'd be a good feature in the high pick and roll game.
I think some fans may wonder why (assuming an offer comes through) Beilein would offer a 2015 center with Donnal and Doyle both with 3 years left after this year? I think there are three possibilities: (1) Beilein is viewing Donnal as a 4 year guy regardless of redshirt, (2) Beilein would like to play Donnal more at the 4 in the future, or (3) there is a transfer coming from one of the bigs (Donnal/Doyle/Wilson).
And just in case anyone was wondering - Oliver Miller (6'9", 315 pounds), who played for the Pistons in the mid-90's, was playing professional basketball up until 2010!!