Michigan basketball strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson has helped turned a handful of unheralded high school prospects into first round NBA draft picks. In an in-depth story for Michigan’s Scout page, I reveal the methods behind the success.
Teams just don’t do what Michigan did this season. The Wolverines, seemingly overnight, became an excellent basketball team. The Big Ten Tournament champs were one shot away from the Elite Eight. In a story for UM Hoops, I reflect on the season—how Michigan turned things around and the lessons learned from covering this team on a regular basis.
Crisler Center, formerly Crisler Arena and the University Events Building before that, turns 50 this year. It is best known as the home of Michigan basketball, but the arena has also hosted several high-profile musical acts, among other memorable events. In a story for Michigan Today, I went through news archives and talked to some of the key figures in the arena’s history.
Michigan was playing really well before plane trouble marked the beginning of a championship run through the Big Ten Tournament. Now in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines believe they can beat Oregon and keep the good vibes going. I wrote about Michigan’s mentality and more in a story for UM Hoops.
Michigan’s young frontcourt of D.J. Wilson and Moe Wagner has made tremendous strides this season. They’ll play an important role in Michigan’s postseason fate and take on even more responsibilities next season. I wrote about the dynamic duo for UM Hoops.
I appeared on WTKA (1050 am), Ann Arbor’s sports talk radio station, to talk about Michigan basketball this morning. The Wolverines are 1-2 in the Big Ten. How much can they improve going forward? I discussed it with host of the “Inside the Huddle” show, Michael Spath. Listen to a recording of the conversation here:
Perhaps you watched Michigan’s nationally-televised game against Virginia Tech last night. If so, you saw the good Wolverines — building a 15-point first-half lead — and the bad, as they fell apart in the final eight minutes. Just a reminder that I’m covering the team for UMHoops.com. I wrote about last night’s game and will continue to produce content throughout the season, so I hope you’ll check it out.