Fuel on the Fire
“I have to go with the loss to Michigan because that’s gonna stick with me forever right here (pointing to heart). Like, it hurts so bad, I didn’t know the feeling because I’d never lost to them prior to this year. And then to lose twice, it still bothers me. Because it’s Michigan and I hate, just, it makes them feel like they’re better than us. After them not winning at the Breslin for like 13 years, however long it was. And now they feel like this is their state. And this is Michigan State’s state. We own this state, it’s our state. And it gives them the hope and a crazy reason to think this is their state. And I completely disagree with that 100 percent.”
Rivalry talk is cheap in the off season but it’s pretty clear that Michigan’s sweep hit a nerve in East Lansing. My biggest concern is that Michigan and Michigan State somehow won’t play twice next season with the new Big Ten schedules. Assuming they do, there’s no harm in drumming up a little more excitement for next year’s games.
Michigan jerseys are everywhere, in hip hop. First it was Chris Brown wearing a #23 Michigan jersey on 106 & Park (video) and then it was Lupe Fiasco wearing Tim Hardaway Jr. jersey while performing at Hill Auditorium over the weekend. Don’t think Michigan players haven’t taken notice. Bacari Alexander settled to teach the youngsters a thing or two about music as the team moved out of the locker rooms last week. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little off-season fluff.
John Beilein Talks Hoops in Houston
Not much all too exciting here, but John Beilein stopped to chat with a CBS Sports guy about Michigan’s season and the Final Four:
- A nice profile piece on Carlton Brundidge and the impact that he and his fellow seniors had on the Southfield basketball program.
- One of our commenters, the_white_tiger, posted the second part of his efficiency polynomial charts. Cool stuff for those of you that don’t get enough charts around here.
- DeShawn Sims scored 33 points in his final NBDL game of the season. It wasn’t a great season for Sims’ Maine squad, finishing 18-32, but Peedi’s averages for the year were 20 points and 8 rebounds per game.
- If you want National Championship talk, John Gasaway and Ken Pomeroy have you covered. My pick: Butler by 6.