Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
USA Today states that Bellein's mistake with Michigan's foul situation (he thought we were in the 1 and 1 when we were not) was a gaffe, which they suggest without stating so precisely was a factor in our losing the game, as "wasting those 23 seconds proved to be crucial."
I don't see it that way. I see Louisville as slightly superior last night and therefore a deserving winner. And coaching mistakes, like player mistakes, are going to happen to even the best coach. My question is, do you guys feel that the mistake was "crucial" in the loss? I frankly don't know enough about final minute basketball fouling strategy to comment.
Wanted to share this tweet midgame from the Northwest Indiana Times' PrepBeat columnist Steve Hanlon from last night (the NWI Times is like the Detroit News of The Region, except more widely published and read):
Branden Dawson won the NWI Times POY 2 years in a row (here's the article about 2011), joining a list that includes 2008's Zack Novak and 2002's Chris Hunter, and of course 2012's GRIII (and 1989 & 1990's GRII).
Michael "Spike" Albrecht was runner-up, and now: buyer's remorse? :)
My wife was inconsolable last night. Her happiness for Spike turned into concern when Hancock threw up a barrage of threes and then into despair when the final seconds ticked away. No heroball this time; no happy ending for the good guys. It just felt wrong to me; Pitino was spinning in anger, and then twenty minutes later, he's a genius, a class act, a legend, etc. I was sick.
I woke up this morning and I felt strangely calm. It was the day after a loss, but it was also a day after the end of a great season for Michigan basketball. As I stepped outside, my winter coat felt heavy in the spring warmth and I couldn't help but feel, we came so damn far. It's April, fergodsakes(!), and we were still playing; Michigan basketball is back, and better yet, it's back to stay.
We were all a part of the journey and we have become believers. We're here because we're more than just Michigan fans, we're Michigan family. We have been on a long road to redemption and I know some of you feel that if we haven't reached our destination than perhaps it wasn't a trip worth taking, but I truly believe, that we have already been redeemed because our redemption arises from the journey itself. Sure, the national championship trophy would have been amazing, but looking back over the past twenty years; I'm so proud of where we are today. It truly has not just been an evolution of the program; it's been a dramatic revolution. I have the utmost confidence that we're going to hit our stride and make our run; we're going to continue to recruit the best talent, preach hard work and buy in to a team-first, team-forever mindset.
Our team is a national championship contender, and it wasn't because of one guy; our program is clicking on all cylinders and it's only a matter of time until we cut the nets in April.
Above all else, what this Tournament run did for us was to finally knock down the last remaining "Barriers to Enrty" that sood in the way of us returning to ongoing elite status.
All the issues the program had that may have kept the top recruits from considering us are completely gone:
- No more crappy facilities that clearly implied basketball was an afterthought at Michigan.
- No more being boxed into a Princeton-esque system designed to hide a lack of talent.
- No more walk-on team mates in key positions,
- No more passion-less dead environments and indifferent fans in Crisler.
- No more constricted pipelines to the NBA.
- No more shadow of the Fab Five and scandals from another era.
- No more Final Four and Big Ten draughts.
These things were already in progress, but the Tournament run showed it off for the world to see.
I wasn't just impressed with how we made our Tournament run, but also with how downright cool we looked doing it.
Dare I say it . . . Fab Five cool.
After this Tournament run, any top recruit in the country is going to give a strong look when Michigan calls.