somehow we're only 124th
tipping off shortly
Sunday I had asked a question about the schedule on Crisler Center renovations. This question has been answered: a number of the exterior walls have already been ripped out, with the bottom of the upper seats and the concourses visible to the outside air.
UMhoops has some of the photos of the (link:) Crisler Center Construction.
Additional photos of the demolition and construction, taken yesterday, Monday Feb. 27, can be found at (Link:) Michigan Stadium Aerials.
I hadn't fully thought through the fact that the brick walls were not load bearing, and as such, could be removed and expanded outward. Seeing the photos, I can now visualize how stores or food vendors or restrooms (or the atrium, for that matter,) could be built outward from the concourse area, adding a lot of floor space to Crisler.
The renovations will result in an increase of 65,000 square feet. I have seen this figure previously, but never really had a good spatial idea of what that meant. This increase is the same as a football field plus 13% more. Here's a picture to help you visualize:
That is a HUGE increase, and will vastly change the experience at Crisler.
I had wondered why they were pressing to begin already, since this precludes the team from using Crisler for practice through the NCAA tournament. However, looking at the pictures, I can see why they wanted to begin. The new construction, especially of the atrium entrance at the northeast, is pretty extensive. Even if they are still finishing things off inside through August and September and even October, they would want to have the exterior walls completed by mid-August, to avoid construction vehicles and fencing when the football season starts.
With the completion of the Crisler Renovations, Michigan's athletic campus may be better than any other in the world. The centerpiece, of course, is Michigan Stadium, with the new luxury boxes. But in addition to Michigan Stadium, we have:
- Crisler Center
- PDC for Men's & Women's Basketball
- Indoor Al Glick Football Facilities
- Yost for Hockey
- New Wilpon Baseball Complex
- Cliff Keen Arena, for Wrestling & Gymnastics
- Canham Natatorium
There are many more facilities, but almost all of these are fairly new, and yet very attractive. Several of the recent football recruits have commented on how they were very impressed by the Stadium. With the completion of Crisler next year, It is hard to think of any sport where our physical facilities are a liability. A lot of credit needs to go to Bill Martin, who had a vision for improving the physical plant at Michigan.
Late to the board, as the 2nd half of this "B1G Classic" just started, but sports TV options are limited right now. This one has to be the biggest win of the year, right? To me, OSU seemed bigger at the time but based on what each has done since, this one was impressive.
Would love to get a rubber match with either in the B10 tourney...
According to Jim that's a big "Hell no." Interesting response.
- 1.Kentucky (63)
- 2.Syracuse (2)
- 5.Michigan St.
- 6.North Carolina
- 10.Ohio St.
- 12.Murray St.
- 15.Wichita St.
- 20.Notre Dame
- 21.San Diego St.
- 22.Florida St.
Trey Burke has now equaled Cody Zeller for the most Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards with six on the year, and this is his second in a row. Here's the full press release via U-M Media Relations:
Burke Repeats as Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Earns Sixth Honor
Feb. 27, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) earned his sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor, as announced by the conference Monday (Feb. 27).
Burke continues to lead the Wolverines as they bid for the Big Ten regular-season title and a first-round bye for the Big Ten Tournament. For the week, Burke averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while playing 41.0 minutes per game.
Burke was instrumental in Michigan's comeback win at Northwestern (Feb. 21) as the Wolverines rallied to beat the Wildcats, 67-55, in overtime for the second time this season. He led U-M with 19 points and added four assists, two steals and six rebounds while playing all 45 minutes.
Burke spearheaded Michigan's offense in the extra period, draining the first of three straight triples as U-M took control of the extra five minutes en route to its 21st win of the season. In U-M's loss to Purdue (Feb. 25), Burke tallied 12 points, four assists and a rebound in 37 minutes of action.
On the season, Burke is averaging 14.2 points and 3.4 rebounds and ranks second in the Big Ten with 4.8 assists per game. He also leads U-M with 35.8 minutes per game and is tied for the team lead in steals (26) and second in blocks (10). Burke is three assists away from breaking U-M legend Gary Grant's school single-season freshman assists record of 140 during the 1984-85 season.
A candidate for All-Big Ten honors, including Freshman of the Year, Burke has hauled in seven Big Ten awards this season, with one Player of the Week and six Freshman of the Week honors. He was a top-20 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard.
Michigan is tied for second in the Big Ten with Ohio State at 11-5, two games back of 13-3 Michigan State. The Wolverines will play the first of their two remaining regular-season games when they travel to Illinois on Thursday (March 1). Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.