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!!
In a game that was dominated by turnovers (40 combined), Michigan won a game that they led by double digits for most of the game and led the entire game.
With the win, the Wolverines moved to 13-6 and 5-3 in the B1G. They are now in a 4th place tie in the standings with Rutgers.
Freshman phenom Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan with 21 points and FIVE 3-pointers.
Another day at the office for Cyesha Goree. Yet another double-double with 19 points and 14 boards.
Michigan's schedule will now get very tough. Tonight was their first home game in 15 days.
They face #5 Maryland on Thursday night at Crisler. The Terps have not lost a B1G game so far at 8-0 and 17-2 overall. Then, just 3 days after that, they head to #15 Nebraska who currently sports a 15-3 overall record.
That's 3 games in a span of 7 days.
After that long stretch of games, they head to state for the rematch a week from Thursday on 2/5. Michigan beat them at Crisler Center, 74-65, back in early January. sparty is awful this year. However, Michigan was blowing them out in that game at Crisler by more than 20 points and they wound up making it a game down the stretch.
After that road stretch, Michigan returns home to face a most likely ranked Rutgers team that Michigan lost to the week after that win over state. Flaherty did not have a good game, so I expect her to come firing against the flagship school from her home state of NJ.
The most recent bracketology still hasn't changed for Michigan. They are projected as a 7 seed and projected to HOST NCAA Tournament games for the first time ever since Louisville is in their pod.
Louisville's KFC YUM Center will host Men's tournament games so the next highest seed in their pod will host the First and Second Round games.