"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
And it's not just me saying it.
Boy was shooting at a TREMENDOUS clip!
They have a thing they say at Michigan when someone's having a great game shooting the ball. Whoever's doing it, they say, "is shooting at a tremendous clip.
OK, it's not everyone at Michigan who says it. It's 6-foot-6 freshman Nik Stauskas. For whatever reason, he fell in love with that saying this season. He said it a little bit. Then he said it a lot. Too much? "Maybe," said senior guard Josh Bartelstein, smiling and teasing.
The only reason I know about Stauskas and his kooky saying is that when the media walked into the Michigan locker room on Sunday after the Wolverines had blown out Florida 79-59 for the South Regional championship, teammates and coaches were yelling at Stauskas, "You were shooting at a tremendous clip!"
Ok, so it's a Gregg Doyel article, but worth a read. Another Doyel article worth a read (I know, twice in one post???):
I didn't see the press conference or read the transcript, but Donovan seems to give little praise to Michigan, and maybe didn't take this team seriously. The day before the game, Doyel asked Young and Yeguete about McGary and they dismissed his ability. Boynton after the game didn't even know Stauskas' name!
And in the "did he really say that?" file:
"Listen," Donovan said. "Stauskas, if he goes 0 for 6 ... [it's] a different game."
I will not take credit for this, but enjoyed watching it! Seriously, can we have too many hype videos?
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet but here are two videos from yesterday that include Beilein and Alexander's pregame speech along with cutting down the nets, and then the team's arrival back in AA.
ENJOY AND GO BLUE!
Found a gem this morning from one of Wisconsin's student newspapers:
However, there was a shocking development while the Wolverines were in the process of cutting down the nets at Cowboys Stadium. NCAA President Mark Emmert informed Beilein and his team their win against the Gators would be vacated due to the recent findings of improper benefits given to several players, including All-American sophomore guard Trey Burke.
According to a source inside the locker room, when Beilein asked Emmert who was responsible for turning the Wolverines into NCAA authorities, Emmert said it was none other than Fab Five members Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose and Chris Webber.
And then later:
“We’re the original Fab Five, and nobody will ever duplicate what we had in Ann Arbor,” Webber said, pausing to take a swig of his brown-bag-wrapped bottle of whiskey.
Well played, Daily Cardinal.
I know some of us are still coming down from that fact that we're even IN the Final Four. But hey, we're not done yet. Survive and advance, we've got business to take care of on Saturday.
That said, what are your early thoughts about the matchup?
EDIT: We're an 8:49p tip and Duke/Wichita St. will tip at 6:09p
Note - we'll likely be closer to 9p...games are normally a little over 2 hours and tournament games are much longer. Add in the 30:00 between games and I'd say we tip right around 9p.