Michigan marches towards March

If you’ve watched a Michigan basketball home game in the past decade, you may have wondered about the elderly gentleman sitting courtside, in the first seat next to head coach John Beilein.

I know I did. Turns out, it’s Al Glick, a wildly successful businessman and a proud support of the University of Michigan. I had a great chat with Mr. Glick, 92, at a recent game.

You can read the story at MLive.

Look for Al Glick during tonight’s game against Nebraska (7:00, ESPN). It is Michigan’s final home game of the season, and Charles Matthews will be honored as part of the Senior Night ceremony. From Kentucky to Ann Arbor, it’s been quite the college career for Matthews.

Michigan basketball’s “good cop”

Recently I shared a story I wrote about Michigan basketball assistant coach Luke Yaklich. I followed it up with a story on another assistant, DeAndre Haynes, the youngest coach on John Beilein’s staff. Haynes serves as an older brother figure and the “good cop” on the staff, all while helping to direct Michigan’s offense.

I was in Iowa when Michigan took just its second loss of the season. The Wolverines are learning how to play with a target on their backs.

In the prior game, point guard Zavier Simpson recorded just the sixth triple-double in program history. Here’s a look at how he did it.

Also, a story I wrote after last season’s national championship took first place in the “sports writing” category in the Michigan Press Association’s annual contest, beating out Mitch Albom’s story from the Super Bowl. Here’s the story: “John Beilein, Michigan, and the daunting task of calming a national championship loser

13-year-old Jude Stamper’s impact on Michigan basketball

Jude Stamper, 13, was born with a variety of health conditions, including a joint disorder that makes it nearly impossible for him to walk. He joined the Michigan basketball team before last season and attends games, practices, film sessions, and team meals.

Learn more about his relationship with the players and coaches, and the benefits of his association with the team, in my latest story for MLive.

Michigan basketball sets a program record

The Michigan men’s basketball team had never started 17-0 — until now. Here are a few of the stories I’ve written recently about the team:

Luke Yaklich, an assistant coach and Michigan’s de facto defensive coordinator, was a social studies teacher and coach at the high school level not too long ago. Here’s a look at his background and the philosophies that have made Michigan one of the best defensive teams in the country.

Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson, recently hailed as the MVP of the Big Ten by an opposing coach, is perhaps the only player in college basketball regularly shooting a running hook shot. Why does he do it? And what makes it so tough to stop? Find out here.

More than any particular drills or schemes, Michigan’s culture deserves credit for the team’s incredible start.

Michigan basketball: undefeated as new year begins

Hello, readers. I’m busy covering a Michigan basketball team that is undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country, and thought you might be interested in some of my recent stories.

Here’s one on head coach John Beilein, who, unlike most of his peers, has never released an instructional video. I looked into why that’s the case.

I also wrote about freshman phenom Ignas “Iggy” Brazdeikis this week. Michigan’s leading scorer was born in Lithuania and grew up in Canada, where he trained in mixed martial arts with his father. That piece also includes a link to a previous story with additional information on the star freshman.

If you want to keep up to date with all my stories, you can bookmark this page. Other options include installing the “MLive Michigan basketball” app on your phone or tablet. Thanks for reading!

John Beilein one win from 800 as new season begins

The 2018-19 college basketball season begins Tuesday, and Michigan opens with Norfolk State. Michigan head coach John Beilein’s next win will be his 800th as a college coach.

Here’s a look back at Beilein’s career:

https://www.mlive.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/11/c6f33399bb4722/michigan-coach-john-beilein-an.html#incart_river_index

And a preview of what to expect from the Wolverines this season:

https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2018/11/michigan_basketball_has_the_pi.html

Jordan Poole

If you know of Michigan basketball player Jordan Poole, it’s probably because he hit a game-winning shot in the NCAA Tournament. Poole begins his sophomore season ready for an encore.

https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2018/10/quitting_social_media_jordan_p.html#incart_river_index

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