I diligently used site search, and I didn't see this posted anywhere. If it has been posted in the last few days I apologize.
If you are at work, I would recommend reading this story on your lunch break. I'm not ashamed to admit I had to put the "Closed" sign up at my office for 10 minutes to pull myself back together.
There was a column in the Chicago Tribune on the game between Michigan and Illinois yesterday. The article really is more about Illinois' failings and failures than about Michigan. But it gave a lot of credit to Michigan and to Beilein. Here are a few snippets (it is paywalled, I believe.)
The Wolverines moved the ball beautifully, the way Beilein teams typically do. While Illinois too often resembled a team in an AAU tournament, Michigan meshed as all five players worked as one.
Unfortunately, it took most of the season, but Beilein really has the team playing well together.
To Groce, the game got away from Illinois during one five-point Michigan possession with 3 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first half, created by freshman Leron Black's loss of composure.
Black made his biggest impact by drawing a technical protesting a foul with the Wolverines leading 29-21. After Michigan guard Spike Albrecht made both free throws, he hit a deep 3-pointer nearly from his hometown of Crown Point, Ind. Illinois never recovered.
"My assistant says, 'That's a hard shot,' and I say, 'No, that's karma,' " Groce said. "Don't get the technical foul. We've got to be more poised than that. They had more energy than we had, which was disappointing."
That speaks to Spike, and to how the team is coached. I don't think I've seen a single Michigan player with that kind of lack of discipline.
Michigan, missing two key players, used an eight-man rotation. But Wolverines coach John Beilein didn't win his eighth straight Big Ten tournament opener because he lacks the ability to adjust.
We all know this, but I consider this year an incredible coaching job by John Beilein.
I'm hoping that one or two potential recruits see what is happening, and choose to commit to Michigan as a result.
Final game of the regular season. Will be uploading illinois game later tonight Enjoy
Just saw this on ESPN.
Virginia Tech head coach and former Marquette coach Buzz Williams took a break during a TV timeout when he could be coaching his team while they were down one point in the second half so he could coach a fan shooting free throws as part of a promotional type deal.
Virginia Tech wound up losing by 10.
In other news, Coach K takes break during ACC Tourney game to get a Snickers at the vending machines.
There was a timeout with his team trailing Miami by a point with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. During the timeout, two fans were brought on to the court for a $500 free-throw contest at either end. While his team was huddled and the Hokies’ season hung in the balance, Williams was AWOL.
He was standing next to the girl shooting foul shots.
“Make it!” he yelled at her, from about two feet away.
She missed it.
“Make it!” he yelled again.
She missed again.
And missed the next as well.
After she was 0-for-3, Williams finally ducked into the huddle.