UM Hoops Podcast 2.7: Jon Horford, Dave Merritt

Michigan 80, Michigan State 75-6Michigan has a chance to grab hold of first place in the Big Ten this Sunday with a win over Michigan State, and the Crisler Center is sure to be pumped for the matchup. The Spartans are coming off an insanely hot shooting night in a road win over Purdue — they hit 17 threes on their way to 94 points in a blowout. Michigan is coming off a tough home loss to Wisconsin but have had a week off to forget about it and prepare for Michigan State. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)

  • First we are joined by Michigan redshirt junior center Jon Horford. We get into some great conversation about what it’s like for Jon to live in the moment — what’s commonly referred to as “mindfulness” — and how that philosophy has helped him throughout his basketball career. Jon talked a bit about what has informed his own personal philosophy and how he’s been able to maintain his outlook in the pressure -cooker that is high-major college basketball. Later, we get into the matchup with Michigan State and Jon’s personal leadership style.
  • Next, Dave is feeling sick so he calls in from home. We get into more of the nitty-gritty in Michigan’s season and what the Wolverines need to do to come away from Sunday’s game with a victory. Dave talks about the problems that the Spartan’s present, especially now that Adreian Payne is back and healthy. We also talk about Caris LeVert’s defense and how tough it is to play consistently when you’re also tasked with carrying the offensive load along with guarding the other team’s best perimeter player. Good stuff from Dave, as always.

The songs from from Nicolay, the producer behind The Foreign Exchange. All of them are off the album City Lights Vol. 1.5. In order: Band Practice, Fantastic, Memory Lane

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  • jon

    Michigan is lucky to have Jon Horford. He is a wise man at a young age. If he doesn’t go on to play professionally, I hope Michigan offers to keep him around in some way to continue to transmit his approach to living and basketball to future teams. It would be an even greater honor to cheer for Michigan in the future if that were the case!

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