Now that it’s March, usually the people in the local area are talking about two colors: Green and White. But this year it is Maize and Blue that have the area buzzing.
The Michigan Wolverines won its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 on Tuesday with a convincing win over Illinois, 84-53. Here is what head coach John Beilein had to say about his team’s performance on Tuesday night.
“I haven’t seen that in practice even,” Beilein said. “We were really good today.”
Here is what sharp-shooter Nik Stauskas had to say about the championship.
“We came with that mindset, this was our championship and we wanted to win it,” he said.
Even though the Wolverines clinched the title Tuesday, it was the game yesterday against Indiana that had the maize and blue fans excited.
Jordan Morgan, a red-shirt senior played his final home game in front of the Maize Rage.
His first year, Michigan was 15-17. Between then and now, the program has won two Big Ten titles and played in the national championship last year. Now after losing two of the best players in the country last year to the NBA, Michigan is now the #1 seed for the Big Ten Tournament.
“It has been an incredible five years,” Morgan said. “I can’t begin to tell you how much hard work and sweat went into getting this program where it is now, and putting those banners in the rafters.”
Here is what John Beilein had to say after yesterday’s game:
“Our motto since we came here has always been `finish it strong’,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “We wanted to do that for the regular season, but we also wanted to win this for Jordan and we wanted to win it for our fans, who came out every night during a horrible winter to support us.”
Michigan has had an incredible run this season, going 15-3 in arguably the toughest conference in America. However, the real season starts this week as the Big Ten Tourney starts.
Unsure who they will play just yet, it still will be first for a program that struggled for many years. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds.
1. University of Detroit Mercy night is Tuesday at the Palace as the Pistons will play the Sacramento Kings. Ray McCallum Jr., will be playing in his first game in the area since leaving for the NBA draft last spring. I’m sure many will be in attendance as he also played at Birmingham Detroit Country Day high school as well.
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