The lopsided score indicates otherwise, but this game was decided at the 15:22 mark of the second half with Michigan up 12. Mitch McGary, enjoying a breakout, fairytale tournament, made an impressive drive from the top of key for a tough layup. Backup point guard Spike Albrecht intercepted the ensuing inbound and completed a difficult up and under to increase to the lead to 16 in a span of four seconds. Game over. Read the rest of this entry »
The forgotten man of Michigan’s freshmen triumvirate was the catalyst in what quickly became a rout at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Mitch McGary’s path to the spotlight is a familiar one for anyone who has watched Hoosiers. While that statement is a generalization annoyingly applied to Caucasian basketball players from Indiana, that’s not what I meant. I also hated that movie. After spending the majority of the regular season as the sixth man, the 20-year-old from Porter drew a surprise start against South Dakota State. It was well deserved. McGary finished the opener with 13 points and nine rebounds, helping Michigan advance despite a quiet day from star Point Guard Trey Burke.
On Saturday afternoon Michigan’s stars showed up, yet it was McGary once again who stole the show. Read the rest of this entry »
My cousins moved to Ann Arbor during the mid 90′s, basically at the end of the Steve Fisher era. The romance associated with the ‘Fab Five’ had been replaced by accusations of impropriety. Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock had taken $616,000 from booster Ed Martin and eventually the school imposed sanctions that sent the program into the abyss.
My personal feelings regarding boosters and the role they play in a system that leeches off the talents of youngsters for the sake of making heaps of money is a topic for another day. Michigan basketball was done. Coincidentally, because of my family, this was when I began to follow the exploits of a team that was considered a pariah in the Big Ten. Read the rest of this entry »