Michigan Madness: A Primer

Dylan Burkhardt

There hasn’t been this much buzz around Michigan basketball since the Fab Five. The number of student ticket sales has increased from around 500 to over 2500. Some people might be late to the bandwagon, but it’s definitely piling up.

So what do you do with all of this momentum? Try to make the most out of it. For the first time in years, Michigan’s basketball teams will open their doors and welcome fans to join them on the first night of the college basketball season.

It’s hard to put expectations on a first time event like this. I assume that Beilein won’t stroll out in an Izzo-esque costume and that the crowd almost certainly won’t match Late Night in the Phog. But beyond that, I couldn’t tell you what I expect. At the end of the day, it should be a fun way to welcome in a new season.

The festivities kick off with the Borseth Bar-B-Q at 7 PM (just for students) and the doors to Crisler Arena open at 8 PM. The event (besides the BBQ) is free and open to the public. Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, Oct. 16 – Crisler Arena
Boresth’s BBQ (East Lawn) 7 to 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena Doors Open 8 p.m.
John Beilein Greek Three-Point Shootout 8:15 p.m.
Team Introductions 9 p.m.
Coach Introductions & Official Welcome 9:15 p.m.
Skills Competition 9:20 p.m.
Three-Point Competition 9:40 p.m.
Dunk Contest 10 p.m.
Women’s Basketball Scrimmage 10:20 p.m.
Men’s Basketball Scrimmage 10:30 p.m.
Teams, Crisler Sings “The Victors” 10:40 p.m.

For more info, check out MGoBlue.com. I’ll be at the event and will have thoughts and videos posted tonight and throughout the weekend.

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  • michael

    Is it just me, or does LLP look like Gary Coleman on the michigan rivals frontpage? http://michigan.rivals.com/

  • Any predictions on the dunk and three point contests?

  • Brad

    Darius Morris is gonna win the dunk contest…for the record, I dont know if this has been mentioned, but I believe manny harris is not participating in the dunk contest…and LLP is taking down the 3 pt. title

  • ZRL

    I think Manny is the sleeper pick in the 3 pt contest. During warm-ups when he is shooting uncontested 3’s he is the lights out. The reason his % is low is because most of his shots in games are from NBA range with a hand in his face. If Manny isn’t participating, then I’d have to go with Stu.

  • El Capitan

    Skills competition: Team LLP
    3-point contest: Matt Vogrich
    Dunk contest: DeShawn Sims

  • Kevin in GR

    It looks like other than the dunk contest, the skills and 3 pt competitions will be a combination of men/women players. I have no idea what the pairings are, but wouldn’t have much of a clue who the good women players are to make predictions anyways!

    Following the Shootout, Wolverine players from both the men’s and women’s programs will be introduced and take the floor at 9 p.m., followed by introductions of Beilein and Borseth at 9:15 p.m. After a welcome from the Wolverine coaches, the Maize and Blue will compete in a skills competition at 9:20 p.m. Six teams of three — including one men’s player, one women’s player and one Maize Rage student — will take the floor to compete in various basketball drills.

    A three-point competition is scheduled for 9:40 p.m., featuring one men’s player and one women’s player teaming up to see which tandem can get the furthest in a game of “Around the World”. The duos will have 60 seconds to get as far as they can, with the top two teams moving on to a final round.

  • El Capitan

    maizerage blogs as all of the participants for all of the events

    (I think this is the working link? http://maizerage.wordpress.com/ –Dylan)

  • El Capitan

    haha yeah that’s it. Good call Dylan, good call.

  • Gary

    Just to clarify for families or old farts like me thinking of going – Borseth’s BBQ is only open to UM students according to the MGoBlue web site. The rest is free and open to the public.

  • Sam

    Three-point contest I gotta go with Stu and Courtney Boylan.
    Dunk contest: Zack Novak
    Skills competition: LLP’s team (I know LLP is doing skills, not sure if he’s doing three point contest)

  • Brad


    Great article by Seth Davis. I agree completely with his analysis of Michigan. If Darius Morris adapts quickly as a playmaker in Johnny B’s system, this team is going to be SCARY good…

  • Dylan

    Zack Novak just killed the dunk contest. Darius put up a good fight but Novak took it down in the end.

  • Kevin in GR

    Wow……I wouldn’t think of Novak as a big dunker…..I guess the miss at the buzzer is stuck in my mind :)

  • Paul F.

    Way to go Zack!

  • Kenny

    Hope there will be some video on Youtube soon.

  • I’ve got some video. Will try to get it up ASAP.

  • Brad

    Novak did the damn thing…man alive he brough the house down…goin in, i honestly questioned why he was there…then in warmups he comes down and rips a dunk, and my eyes opened…hats off to darius though he put up an impressive performance as well…startin it out with an off the scoreboard oop brought the crowd out…good night, lookin forward to the season

  • Tom, Too.

    Matt V can stroke it, Ben looked great, Manny was being Manny, and Novak looks great. LLP looks like being lighter is giving him more lift on that layup. Last year he looked off balance on his fast break layups and miss them. Fired up. Impressive that Matt V hit two 3’s during his first run in Crisler in front of that crowd….that’s kinda some pressure for an 18 year old new in town.