"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Michigan goes against FSU in the best remaining game in the winners bracket. Thoughts etc. go here.
Also, I'm not showing a stream on firstrowsports. Anyone know of any streams?
Not sure how this wasn't posted yet - pretty funny though:
So both games were upsets in session 1 of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Northeastern knocked off Georgetown and UNC-Charlotte beat Kansas State.
If Michigan wins tonight, they could face VCU which would be the only "watchable" game of the tournament to outsiders.
In other early season tourney news, Nebraska was beaten by UMass 96-90.
Austin Hatch held a quite remarkable press conference today, speaking publicly for the first time since surviving his second plane crash in the summer of 2011. A Fort Wayne TV station posted a report with video from the press conference (video embedded in a reply), and there's also a report from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (from which I took the thread title):
"Aside from the physical trauma that I suffered in the accident and recovered from that, the emotional pain will never fully subside," said Hatch, whose news conference was streamed live.
"Dealing with the loss of my best friend and coach and teacher and No. 1 fan in Dr. Stephen Hatch, who was also my father," Hatch said, "he was an incredible man and taught me everything I know. The things I learned from him are the work ethic needed to succeed, determination … those traits I acquired from him are the ones that saved my life."
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His uncle, coach and Hatch himself confirmed Hatch still is not ready to return to the court competitively.
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Hatch recently signed a letter of intent to Michigan, but was unsure what his role with the team would be, whether as a manager or a practice player.
But Wolverines coach John Beilein still honored the scholarship.
"He expects me to be a part of Michigan basketball, whether on the court or off," Hatch said.