Good article by Shane Ryan over at the Triangle and Grantland.
That sense of composure, even amid the tears and the reality of the loss, was what stayed with me after I left. The situation in the locker was not ideal, but the sport makes money because people care, and because people care, journalists have to ask their questions, and the players have to answer. And even though the players aren't compensated like professionals, this particular bunch behaved like them. There's strength in that, and you can't help but be impressed. It's a measure of their character and John Beilein's.
Not usually a fan of Shane Ryan but I felt this article was a good summation of the fact that there is still a lot to be proud of with this team even after the loss.
I am STILL on Cloud 9...I live in Atlanta and attended both the semis and Final!..I was SO PROUD of this team, the coach, the players and the fans..It was CLEAR to me that Michigan fans showed up in droves in Atlanta and we had the most fans of any school. I still cant believe we made it this far and how GREAT was it to be in it till the end and not just home watching someone else...When I walked into the Georgia Dome and saw all the Maize throughout the Stadium and I mean ALL THRU THE STADIUM it reminded me of why....
ITS GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE !!!!!...way to represent i n Atlanta Blue fans!!
I will admit when I was reviewing Louisville the guy who got hot the Witchita game was an afterthought but of course last night he was the difference maker especially in the first half when we were out front by a ton and he single handidly brought back Louisville with a 4-4 3 pt barrage.
I looked him up during the game and saw he was at George Mason despite making it into the NCAA tournament with the team transferred to Louisville. At that moment someone in liveblog mentioned he was a Michigan recruit post transfer. I was a bit shocked.
But here is the post
How a small twist in fate could change things so much eh? If he had come to be Blue, not only would he have not been there to be a cyborg to destroy our lead (and not get a 4th foul called on him and instead draw a 4th foul on Mitch - not that I'm bitter), but he would have been on our side hitting some 3s. Could see him as Stauskas backup (or starter while Stausksas came off bench as a freshman) and you know how lethal the 3 point shot is in our offense with the dish and drive by Burke.
Anyhow its another feather in Beilen's cap of "identifiying talent" in my eyes. A lot like Burke - someone who was a decent player who Beilen saw something in, but then again so did Rick Pintino.
But who knew back then this would be one of the biggest decisions in the fates of the two teams! Wow.
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Discounting (a) the obvious complaints about the officiating in the NCAA championship game (even though that likely had a significant impact on the outcome), and (b) the fact that Michigan was the youngest team in the NCAA tournament field, IF Michigan had beaten Louisville, the head coaches of the last five teams that Michigan would have beaten in the NCAA Tournament were:
VCU’s Shaka Smart; overall record of 111-36 (.753); in the NCAA tournament in three of his four seasons as a head coach and won the post-season CBI tournament in his first season as a head coach; made the Final Four in 2011, his second season as a head coach; considered one of the nation’s top young college coaches.
Kansas’s Bill Self; overall record of 507-164 (.756); 2008 NCAA champ; in the NCAA tournament every year since 1999; twice in the Final Four and seven times in the Elite Eight.
Florida’s Billy Donovan; overall record of 450-186 (.707); 2006 and 2007 NCAA champ; except for 2008 and 2009, in the NCAA tournament every year since 1999; in the Final Four three times and six times in the Elite Eight.
Syracuse’s Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim; overall record of 920-314 (.746); 2003 NCAA champ; except for 2002, 2007 and 2008, in the NCAA tournament every year since 1999; four times in the Final Four, runner-up twice and in the Elite Eight six times; two-time assistant coach of USA Olympics gold-medal team.
Louisville’s Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino; overall record of 664-230 (.735); 1996 champ with Kentucky and 2013 NCAA champ with Louisville; except for 2002 and 2006, in the NCAA tournament every year since 1999; in the Final Four seven times; in the Elite Eight eleven times.
By comparison, the coaches of the last five teams Louisville beat on its way to the championship were:
Colorado State’s Larry Eustachy; overall record of 428-267 (.615); in 22 seasons as college head coach, in the NCAA tournament five times and only twice past his opening game.
Oregon’s Dana Altman; overall record of 483-279 (.634); in 24 seasons as college head coach, in the NCAA tournament nine times and only three times past his opening game; post-season CBI champ in 2011.
Duke’s Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski; winningest men’s Division One head coach in NCAA history; overall record of 957-297 (.763); NCAA champ in 1991, 1992 and 2010 with Duke; in the NCAA tournament every year since 1999; in the Final Four ten times; in the Elite Eight 13 times; two-time head coach of USA Olympics gold-medal team.
Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall; overall record of 333-153 (.685); in 24 seasons as college head coach, in the NCAA tournament nine times and only three times past his opening game; post-season CBI champ in 2011.
Michigan’s John Beilein; overall record of 598-360 (.624); in 21 seasons as Division One head coach, in the NCAA tournament eight times, six since 1999, and only once in the Final Four and twice in the Elite Eight.
The outcome was disappointing, but the run to the championship game was magical. Well done, Coach Beilein and the Men of the 2012-13 Michigan Basketball Team.
I know that there are going to be so many Michigan fans waking up this morning and trying to digest what happened last night. Let's consolidate all the philosophic waxing into this thread. Topics of interest:
- Based on baseless speculation, who is going to be suiting up for the basketball team next year?
- On a scale from one to Nickleback, how bad did the refs suck?
- What were some of the keys to the game? Should Burke have come back in the first half? Should we have stayed small with Albrect in place of a cold Hardaway? What would you have done differently?
- On a scale from one to Nickleback, how bad did the refs suck?