Zavier Simpson - Hanger of Banners

Zavier Simpson - Hanger of Banners

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on December 30th, 2018 at 3:38 PM

2 points (no field goals), 9 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 points

Simpson had this stat line today.  This is the most Zavier Simpson stat line of all time. 


Zavier Simpson is an incredibly unique player and an absolute asset to this program. How many banners is he going to raise here before he finishes as a senior?  He already has three in his first two years (2 B1G Tourney Championships, Final 4)

Hype Video: 'The Greatest Show', Michigan's March to the National Championship Game

Hype Video: 'The Greatest Show', Michigan's March to the National Championship Game

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on April 1st, 2018 at 9:28 AM

My 11 y/o son has done it again; this time to the music from "The Greatest Showman".  Happy Easter Sunday to all.  Go blue and enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VWPMVpzGU4

Duncan Robinson Quotes on our Roster of Unwanted Players

Duncan Robinson Quotes on our Roster of Unwanted Players

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on March 27th, 2018 at 8:01 PM

“Quite honestly, when you look at it, it’s a buncha guys that probably shouldn’t be here or weren’t wanted here and, you know, whatever,” he said. “A guy like Moe (Wagner), hardly recruited; Muhammad(-Ali Abdur-Rahkman), two-star whatever; everyone wanted X to be done at Michigan; myself, I had to beg for a freakin’ scholarship. Didn’t get one out of high school. Charles, in the SEC, Kentucky, he didn’t cut it. So it’s like, when you get these personalities and these guys who have kinda been overlooked, whatever, their whole careers and kinda come together and believe in something collectively, it’s pretty special.”

 

This is straight from Duncan Robinson's mouth.  This is the archetypal Beilein team.  He finds players that no one else knows about or wants, and he puts the pieces of the puzzle together like a fictional movie character playing chess 15 moves ahead of the competition.  There is, and will be, all sorts of over the top praise for Beilein this week (not unlike mine here).  He deserves all of it.  This roster of players and their accomplishments represent one of the best coaching jobs in modern college basketball history:

32 wins (school record), B1G tournament champions (B2B), Final 4, dominators of rivals, win with flair (Poole), win with class (Wagner), win clean (Beilein/everyone), inspirational fans (Jude Stamper, Mo's mom), ridiculous in season improvement (Z), darkhorse regional MVP (Matthews), ice in veins (MAAR - Maryland free throws), losing starting role with class and becoming B1G 6th man of year (Duncan), transfer from program as possible conference POY to backup PG who stands by his decision and is thrilled to even be in the tournament (Simmons), True freshman starter who plays hard and rarely shows up in the box score (Livers), 7 footer who went from lost boy to incredible defender playing the perfect role off of the bench (Teske) best defensive assistant in the country (Yaklich), unheralded contributor to incredible guard improvement (Haynes), humble yet efective developer of big men and coach who only wins B1G tourney championships (Washington, 2 for 2)...

Those are just a few tidbits of what make this team special. 

TELL ME WHY YOU LOVE THIS TEAM...

More Yaklich Dividends - Recent (successful) Coaching Against Loyloa

More Yaklich Dividends - Recent (successful) Coaching Against Loyloa

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on March 27th, 2018 at 3:26 PM

Luke Yaklich, fortuitiously enough, just keeps adding value.  As an assistant at Illinois State, Yaklich's team went 7-1 against Loyola.  In February 2017, his team faced 3 of their 5 starters in a 65-63 win.  Luke has many friends on Loyola's coaching staff.  He knows a lot about this team.  Solid article (warning it is a Freep link to the easily offended):

https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverin…

Michigan's Path to the Championship Game...

Michigan's Path to the Championship Game...

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on March 23rd, 2018 at 12:20 AM

Michigan has two 9 seeds and an 11 seed left to face in order to make it to the national championship game. 

With the way we are playing, I am not sure it matters who we play.  However, having improved odds by playing all the Cinderellas is certainly something we can appreciate as fans.

Who wants to face Michigan right now?  No sane coach or team would want a piece of this Michigan action right now.

Pick your poison.  This team always finds a way to win.  Today it was decimation mode, but it does not really matter.  Michigan basketball has risen to elite program status (3 elite 8s in 6 years).  However, the fun is just beginning...

Go blue!

Jordan Poole: hero and cat lover - NY Times Article

Jordan Poole: hero and cat lover - NY Times Article

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on March 21st, 2018 at 11:35 PM

We all love Jordan Poole.  We also know that he is a very unique guy.  This fluff article will only endear him to you even more - if that's possible.  Excerpts: 

 

“He wears Capri pants and cat T-shirts,” Robinson said. “He’s obsessed with cats. What other college basketball player do you know that goes around wearing cat shirts?”

One in particular was his favorite: a cat acquired when Poole was a young boy. The cat died during Poole’s senior year in high school, but Poole grew animated on Saturday while discussing their years together.

“His name was Bling,” Poole said, pointing emphatically to a reporter’s notebook. “Put that in there.”

 

I hope you enjoy the story.  Go blue tomorrow night!

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/sports/michigan-ncaa-jordan-poole.ht…

Michigan Bball on National Network TV 2017-18 season

Michigan Bball on National Network TV 2017-18 season

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on February 18th, 2018 at 4:09 PM

Michigan has performed well on the national stage this year; great for our brand, recruiting, and for us die-hard Wolverine fans.  Eat your heart out USA...

 

Saturday 12/2 vs. Indiana on CBS    W 69-55

Saturday 12/9 vs. UCLA on CBS      W 78-69 (OT)

Saturday 1/13 @ MSU on Fox   W 82-72
 
Saturday 2/3 vs. Minnesota on Fox  W 76-73 (OT)
 
Sunday 2/11 @ Wisconsin on CBS  W 83-72
 
Sunday 2/18 vs. OSU on CBS   W 74-62