According to Michigan Basketball's Facebook page:
ATTENTION: Michigan will be arriving at Crisler Center at 9:30 p.m. Be there to welcome home your FINAL FOUR BOUND Wolverines!
Just saw an update saying they are in Detroit, should be at Crisler around 11:30PM
A few weeks back, at the beginning of the tournament, Jalen Rose made some comments about how he hoped to reunite the Fab Five by getting tickets to watch the Wolverines play in Atlanta. Always the polarizing figure on these very pages*, this was met with mixed reaction.
Some people said things along the lines of, "Jalen, it's not about you and the Fab Five anymore. Why would you announce that you are buying courtside tickets with the rest of the Fab Five and make it all about you, you're so selfish, etc."
Personally, I like Jalen Rose and think he has been a (mostly) good representative for the University. I did not mind the comments, though I can understand why some may have felt that way.
ANYWAY, on sportcenter they asked Rose to compare the current team to the Fab Five (this is inevitable, and certainly not the fault of Jalen), and it seems like he took some of y'alls criticism to heart, specifically saying that he did not want to make the comparison because this team is special in their own way, and this final four trip is about them. Good for him.
Link? http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9118211 Link.
* Shout out to THE_KNOWLEDGE. Pretty awesome how he picked Wichita St. in the final four.
** He didn't do it on these very pages, but obvs. he did, and is totally soaring.
Trey Burke was named the most oustanding player of the NCAA South Regional. Also he was named to the all All-Region team with Mitch McGary and Nick Stauskas.
Also check out this final four shirt. It has both vacated years on it....
Very interested in the storyline of this game. Beilein has to be one fo the coaches who knows this zone inside and out.
Also, I'd love to read some early analysis of how Cuse stuffed the IU offense - seemed like Yogi Ferrell was lost out there against the vaunted 2-3. Lots of TOs forced, but it was interesting that that Cuse stopped any Hoosier transition game as well.
I needed this win today, really badly. I have been following this team closely all year, naturally. On January 6, my son Evan was born 3 months premature, and he has been in the NICU ever since. His prognosis is pretty good, but it will still be a long road.
Our lives were shaken up and our priorities shifted pretty dramatically. Working (for me), taking care of our older child, and getting to the hospital twice a day became everything, with little else going on. With the DVR, I managed to record each game, and I would typically watch them late at night (when I couldn't sleep anyway) after my wife and older son had gone to sleep. I have probably never watched every game played by any team, and I felt oddly connected to this team.
They have had their ups and downs, like my little preemie son. Young fighters. The future looks bright (enough) for my son, and the future looks bright for this team. We got home this afternoon from an Easter brunch, and it set in quickly just how badly I wanted this team to win today.
So we are riding kind of high right now, and I just talked to my son's nurse, and he is having a good day too. Life and sports. Sports and life.
(NICU is neonatal intensive care - preemies, for those that wonder what the hell I'm referring to).
LIFE IS SHORT, ENJOY THIS!!!!!!!!