Monday, March 13, 2017

Michigan Monday: Struggles To Find The Right Words

Alex Brandon, AP

The Michigan Basketball team sure has had an interesting week.  It started a week from Sunday when they blew out Nebraska in Lincoln.  It ended yesterday, with a Big Ten Tournament Championship trophy.    In between, they saw their plane slide off the runway at Willow Run, practice in Ann Arbor in the dark, Derrick Walton gets 5 stiches in his leg, borrow the Pistons plane to travel to DC hours/minutes before their noon tip against Illinois,  beat Illinois in their practice jerseys and then make a run through #1 seed Purdue, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to the title.

They looked great at times and at other times struggled to find the basket.   Many will point to the flight as being the big thing that bonded this team together, I would disagree.  I think this team was playing very well going into the tournament and the plane crash just brought Michigan's story to the front page.   It also gave the team some perspective that maybe they didn't have before.   That playing ball in college is a pretty awesome thing and if you blink, you might miss it.  I also believe the plane crash gave the Wolverines some extra jump in their legs when they needed it, playing 4 games in 4 days is very tough and you need all the motivation you can find.  Walton and Irvin also knew they had one weekend to cement their basketball legacy and they did it.  

Congratulations to the entire team!  This was clearly a team victory and everyone from the scout team to the trainers deserve a round of applause for such a great run to the title!

  • Michigan will play at 12:15 on Friday in Indy vs. OK State.   The game will be on CBS.  Another early tournament game for the Wolverines!  OK State finished winning their last 10-14 games but did lose their last 3 games.

2 comments:

ScottyDoggs said...

The Michigan team, winning the Big Ten tournament was a welcome surprise... like driving at night any seeing a meteor light up the sky for many seconds, or going to a carry-out and finding a $20 dollar bill in the door way.
But if I was not such a fair weather Michigan basketball fan (that is caring only when their winning), you could see it shaping up a few weeks before the tournament... Michigan was on fire weeks before the start of the championship. If you looked closely. Michigan was actually the team to beat... Michigan won it... deserved it... and for us fair weather (speaking for myself) fans a welcome victory!

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