As the year of infinite pain continues and nears its end, what can we look forward to with basketball?
After the MSU game at home this year - Michigan's last real chance to get a quality win and make an NCAA run - I told my friend that could have been a bigger loss than football's to Appalachian St. The effects of that loss, at least too me seemed entirely predictable - the beginning of a huge step backward for the program (specifically student attendance).
The MSU game was heartbreaking - a last second loss with more students in attendance than probably since the Fab Five days.
Now M Hoops is looking at the prospect of coming back next year with excitement gone, our All-Big 10 stud gone to the NBA, and the possibility of our All-Big 10 wing gone to the NBA. Student ticket sales will probably plummet and next year seems like we'd be thrilled to be at .500 at the end of the season.
No real questions or great insights here, but I just don't know what to think. Last year was amazing. This year must have been the most frustrating and disappointing season in a long time. Ground will break May 2 on the practice facility and that's obviously a huge step forward. But I can't help but to think about what a HUGE step back this season was and will be for the program.