It's obviously not a huge thing, but I love that all of this year's regionals are at actual basketball arenas and not football stadia. Obviously this doesn't apply to Glendale for the Final Four, but I think that's more acceptable and predictable, since that goes back decades.
Next year's regionals are also all in basketball arenas too, including what may be the smallest city to host a regional in some time
- March 22 and 24
Stealing this from Scott Bell's Twitter account but thought it would be interesting to know if anyone on the board put any money on the Maize and Blue to win the title. If so, how much?
Also, would love to here other big sports-related wagers MGoBloggers made that have paid off big.
I was hoping that the Michigan game would be the later game on Thursday in K.C. so I could just buy someone's ticket off of them when they walk out but since our game is earlier I don't know how to go about buying the Michigan portion of Thursday's session. Any idea how to approach this? Thanks!
There's a nice article by Sndyer at the Freep about the benefits of Camp Sanderson and Beilein's skill development.
For mgo-obsessives, there isn't a whole lot of new information. From my perspective, the interesting observation is that the NBA is taking notice. Partially because of Michigan, a number of players have stuck with the NBA. Here are a few quotes for those of you who refuse a Freep link:
Michigan has become deeply respected in the NBA conversations. Before Beilein arrived at Michigan in 2007, he had no NBA pedigree. His players were talented and he won NCAA tournament games but they never panned out at the next level. That’s rapidly changing and Beilein’s decade longevity at U-M plays a role.
“It’s clear when you watch Michigan play they have a culture and a system similar to all the great teams in the NBA,” an NBA assistant coach told the Free Press. The coach did not want his name used because he is not authorized to speak publicly about prospects and schools. “Similar to all the great teams in the NBA. You look at the Spurs, you look at the Warriors, they have a culture and a system that they stick to. For Michigan, you see how it goes both on and off the court.”
Michigan had five players from the 2013 runner-up team picked in the first round of the 2013, 2014 and 2016 drafts.
“Look at the guys they have in the NBA now, it says something,” the coach said. “Nik Stauskas, everyone’s shocked when he goes and dunks on a guy. I’m like, he did that in college and he’s doing that in the NBA. Tim Hardaway (Jr.) is such a smooth, explosive athlete. Glenn Robinson (III) winning the dunk contest, he’s found his niche in the NBA. All three of those guys, going to back to the mental makeup, their first years in the NBA were rocky. They all got traded, they all got cut and now because they got the mental and physical to keep on going, they’ve turned themselves into nice NBA players.”
It goes back to Beilein players’ defining traits — shooting and passing — and Sanderson building basketball strength and flexibility.
The great thing about this is how it "might" affect recruiting. Beilein needs to continue to get players he believes will fit. He can develop them mentally and with shooting ability. Sanderson can mold them physically, gaining muscle and hops and speed. The big thing is for HS and AAU coaches, along with the players and their families, to understand the benefit. If they believe that they will have a better chance of getting to the NBA by going to Michigan, it may open some doors. If a player believes he is ready for professional ranks and doesn't want coaches to get in the way, well, he might be a better fit elsewhere. But an intelligent player who wants to use a year or two to develop strength, improve shooting skills, and learn a system . . . well, some of them might consider going to Michigan.
Many people know that before Crisler, Michigan Basketball played at Yost Field House.
But what about before that? The team moved into the new Field House in 1923, but played 7 seasons somewhere else.
It was the original home to Michigan Basketball, Men's Gymnastics, Wrestling, Indoor Track(!) and Baseball practice(!!)
Its site is where the chem building currently sits today. It was demolished in the 70s.
Built in 1894-
The first Michigan Basketball team practicing in 1909. Notice the wood backboard.
That balcony is an indoor track. That's where Michigan held it's indoor track meets until Yost Field House was built. It was common in those days to have elevated balcony tracks. Some old Detroit high schools built in that era still have them.
Baseball practice in the batting "cage". You can see a bat in one of the player's hands. Notice the still rings hanging down from the ceiling. Gymnastics also called Waterman home.
Michigan Basketball compiled a 39-25 record at Waterman Gymnasium.
The first game was against Oberlin on January 16, 1909. Michigan won that game in an overtime thriller, 27-25.
It was home to Michigan's first B1G Championship team in 1920-21. That team and this current Michigan team in 2016-17 are the only two teams in the 101 years of Michigan Basketball to play and win 4 games in 4 days.
Waterman Gymnasium demolition in 1977.
In honor of our esteemed opponent on Thursday, I would like to prepare a meal fit for the occasion. I wasn't able to find duck breast anywhere, but I found a local butcher who has whole duck.
After wading through the youtube my preference is to cook it on the grill using the "beer can chicken" method, but it sounds a little tricky and proper temperature is critical.
I would be very appreciative if anyone in the MGoBlog community has experience cooking whole ducks, and particularly, "beer can duck" on the grill. I can't remember a tastier opponent, and do not want to let this opportunity slip away.