Category Archives: NCAA Basketball

Phil Martelli’s new life at Michigan

Some interviews are challenging, requiring persistent prodding to get the subject to open up and share something interesting.

My interview with Phil Martelli was not like this at all. Martelli, the former long-time head coach at Saint Joseph’s who is in his first year as an assistant on Juwan Howard’s staff at Michigan, is one of the best storytellers in college basketball.

Here is my story on Martelli, who for the first time in a quarter century is not the head coach, and for the first time in his life is not living in the Philadelphia area.

Phil Martelli: ‘The Godfather’ who has brought a taste of Philly to Michigan basketball

 

A father lives to see his son fulfill his dream

It’s been a while since my last update. I thought I’d sent one in December, but it never published, so today’s post will include several stories from this, my third season covering the Michigan basketball team for MLive/The Ann Arbor News.

The first is about a recent addition to the team, Brandon Wade, an Ann Arbor native whose dad needed a liver transplant a few years ago and is grateful to be alive to watch his son play college basketball.

Here are some others that might appeal to a non-Michigan audience:

Up close and personal with Juwan Howard for a game

How Michigan and Kentucky agreed to play a game in London

A former Michigan football player joined the Marines

You can find all my stories on my personal MLive page. You can also download MLive’s UM Hoops app to your phone. I’ve got a story about one of the more entertaining personalities in college basketball, Michigan assistant Phil Martelli, coming this week.

Thanks for reading!

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

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