Category Archives: NCAA Basketball

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

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

Michigan’s defense dominates Michigan State

Here’s my story for MLive from East Lansing, where there was poor sportsmanship before the game and a dominant defensive performance during it.

https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2018/10/michigans_lights-out_defense_m.html

The Influencer: John Beilein’s Impact on College Basketball

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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Michigan Basketball: from the Big Ten Tournament to the Final Four

It was quite the first year on the Michigan basketball beat. A team unranked for much of the season got rolling in February and made it all the way to the national championship game. I was there to chronicle it all for MLive, and wrote it about here:

http://www.mlive.com/expo/erry-2018/04/3cb498c318930/michigan_basketball_postseason.html#incart_river_index