Mike Lantry, 1972
During my five years at Michigan from Sept 1988 to April 1993, as far as the hoops team is concerned, was lucky to see them win the national title as a freshman, and then see two years up close, of the Fab Five, camping outside of Crisler to get good seats for all the games, through seeing 18 rows up, seeing Webber call the timeout in the Superdome.
Now, seeing these new five freshmen to go with the rest of team, it really is a pleasure to see this rebirth of sorts. If this team wins the national title, it will make quite a story, relative to how the Fab Five couldn't win a title yet these five freshmen did. And most importantly, it will be a return to greatness, the right way, with Beilein who plays by the rules. (Aside: I wonder of all those who called for Beilein's ouster a year ago, how their foots taste.)
Ok, I said my piece.. now, as you were.... GO BLUE
E-Fact: The last time Michigan was #1, Herm was only 70 years old.
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a win tonight and we're # 1 in the nation and # 1 in the big ten
If you were a Athletic Director and you recently fired your head basketball coach, which coach (besides Beilein) from the Big Ten would you hire and why? Personally, I would hire Tom Crean- a great recruiter and an intense coach.
(15-5, 2-4 Big Ten)
Wins vs Top 100 Opponents
|Wins (RPI 1-50)|
|8||Dec. 8||@ Gonzaga||85-74|
|21||Jan. 5||Ohio State||74-55|
|Wins (RPI 51-100)|
|76||Dec. 16||Eastern Kentucky||66-53|
|67||Jan. 22||@ Nebraska||71-51|
|Losses (RPI 1-50)|
|41||Jan. 12||@ Wisconsin||51-74|
|Losses (RPI 51-100)|
|Losses (RPI 101-150)|
|112||Jan. 2||@ Purdue||61-68|
SO. Tracy Abrams. G .6'1" 185 lbs.
11.4 PTS. 3.8 REB. 3.0 3PA. 28% 3PT.
SR. D.J. Richardson. G. 6'3" 195 lbs.
11.8 PTS. 4.5 REB. 7.1 3PA. 33% 3PT.
SR. Brandon Paul. G. 6'4" 200 lbs.
18.0 PTS. 4.8 REB. 6.6 3PA. 34% 3PT.
SR. Sam McLaurin. F. 6'8" 220 lbs.
3.9 PTS. 3.6 REB. 3,2 FGA, 44% FG.
SO. Nnanna Egwu. C. 6'11" 235 lbs.
6.3 PTS. 4.6 REB. 1.5 BLK.
Key Bench Players
JR. Joseph Bertrand. G. 6'6" 195 lbs.
22.9 MIN. 8.7 PTS. 4.7 REB.
SR. Tyler Griffey. F. 6'9" 220 lbs.
22.8 MIN. 7.5 PTS. 3.4 REB.
Key Team Stats (Big Ten Rankings)
11th. AST/TO. (.89)
10th. Rebounds per game. (35.4)
10th. Assists per game. (10.9)
8th. FG %. (43%)
2nd. FT %. (71%)
2nd. Blocks per game. (4.8)
6th. PTS per game. (72.8)
6th. OFF Rebounds per game. (12.0)
What I make out of all of this
This is a team that lives and dies by the three. When they were making them early in the year, they were a top ten team nationally. They have attempted almost 100 more threes than Michigan, but have only made 4 more (they've played 20 games, we've played 19). It is going to be very important that we don't give them any open looks on the outside. They get a decent amount of Off Rebounds, but they also have the most FGA in the conference.
Spread Mich -6
Michigan 68, Illinois 61
I think Illinois is going to start off hot, similar to Purdue, and build a decent first half lead on us. After an inspirational Bacari Alexander half time speech, the defense will shut down Illinois from the perimeter in the second half and Michigan will go on a run. Illinois won't be able to continue their 3pt shooting success and Michigan will take over the game.