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.
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.
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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:
And a preview of what to expect from the Wolverines this season:
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.
Here’s my story for MLive from East Lansing, where there was poor sportsmanship before the game and a dominant defensive performance during it.
Noah Furbush is not like most football players, or most people for that matter. The Michigan linebacker earned his degree in aerospace engineering and is now working towards a master’s in space engineering (a natural progression, I suppose, but still darn impressive). Furbush wants to use his education and his love of flying to become a military pilot.
Check out my story on Furbush at MLive: https://www.mlive.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/09/ca4b27a39a3632/michigan-linebacker-noah-furbu.html#incart_river_index
John Beilein’s coaching tree extends beyond the standard definition. While he’s had his share of assistants become head coaches, he influences coaches all the country, some of whom he’s never even met.
Read more in my story for MLive.com: https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2018/08/john_beileins_invisible_coachi.html
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