About an hour from now there will reportedly be an official announcement via Michigan that Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III will be returning to school next year instead of entering the NBA Draft.
Nobody’s stock rose faster during the NCAA Tournament than did McGary’s – to the point where we were asking big questions about how high he could go in the draft. Glenn was also projected to be a first round pick, making these two and this monster the latest to buck conventional wisdom and turn down guaranteed NBA money. Read More »
We were this close to full-fledged Spike Albrecht Mania today. If Michigan had won last night’s National Championship game, the story of the 5-11, bowl-cut-sporting, unrecruited freshman who shot the Wolverines to a title would have been the stuff of all-time legend. Instead, it’s a good story and one piece of an overall wildly-entertaining last game of the NCAA season. Regardless of last night’s outcome, Spike was feeling himself to the point where he was throwing game at Kate Upton.
We caught this last night: highlight footage of young Spike doing work in high school game back in Crown Point, Indiana a few years ago. Read More »
Serious question for the Dime community: If he declared, am I crazy to think that Michigan freshman Mitch McGary could potentially be the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft?
I am trying, reeeally trying, to avoid buying into the hype surrounding Mitch’s meteoric rise over the past few weeks and to look at him objectively. The media, reliably starving for new stories and always willing to beat story angles to death, would have you believe that Mitch is the second coming of Bill Walton. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t, but if I am an NBA GM with No. 1 pick in the draft, I am taking a long look at Mitch McGary with that selection.
Before I get into McGary’s potential, let’s talk about the one thing that what we know about the rest of the draft field: It stinks. Read More »
/ Apr 7, 2013 / 2:55 am
Louisville adidas adiZero uniform home (photo. adidas)
Give the people what they want. Thank you Louisville and Michigan, for setting the stage for the best possible national championship matchup for Monday night. As much as we love Syracuse – and we do love the ‘Cuse – going into Saturday’s games, clearly the most entertaining title matchup was going to be the Cardinals and the Wolverines, and that’s what we’re getting … In Game 1 yesterday, Louisville withstood a withering, physical attack from a rough and tough Wichita State team, coming back from being down double figures with 11 minutes to go to win, 72-68 … Read More »
/ Apr 3, 2013 / 1:40 am
So wait, you’re telling us that wasn’t Carmelo Anthony’s “Better Basketball” Mid-Range Shooting clinic DVD that TNT was running last night? If it wasn’t it could have been. ‘Melo gave the Miami Heat the hot plate, busting Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem over and over again with a steady diet of jumpers, pullups and fadeaways to the tune of 50 points in a 102-90 victory for the Knicks in Florida … Carmelo’s performance was wildly efficient, especially by his standards: 50 points in 40 minutes on 18-26 shooting (7-10 from three) and 7-8 from the foul line. For the most part, Miami chose not to double-team Carmelo, leaving Battier or whoever was matched up with him on an island to get their eyes shot out … By the way, remember two weeks ago when people were worried that ‘Melo’s knee was shredded? … Read More »
/ Mar 24, 2013 / 1:30 am
Despite the fact that they were the top seed in the weakest region of the NCAA Tournament, you could pretty much guess that Gonzaga was going to be the first No. 1 seed to get bounced. That scenario became a reality last night as the No. 9 seed Wichita State Shockers willed themselves to an upset vicory, 76-70, handing the ‘Zags their first loss in nine weeks … Gonzaga was in the driver’s seat deep into the second half, but WSU hit a stream of incredible jumpers down the stretch while flustering Gonzaga on the defensive end, exploiting a real weakness for the No. 1-ranked team in the country [They could have used some of this]. Gonzaga was basically playing 3-vs-5 on the offensive end, because David Stockton and Mike Hart rarely, if ever shoot, leaving everything to Kevin Pangos, Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris to play against five guys. That might work when you’re beating up on the University of Portland, but that doesn’t fly in this setting. Read More »
It’s only 2:30 PM here on the east coast and there has already been a full day of great college basketball action. Right at the top was the wild Michigan/Wisconsin overtime tilt that ended a little while ago.
Watch this series from the end of regulation. First, Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. hits a clutch, floating three to put his guys up three points with a just a few seconds left in the game. Then, Wisconsin‘s Ben Brust comes back with quite an answer: Read More »
They were down to Purdue at home to start the second half of tonight’s nationally-televised game, but No. 2 Michigan eventually exerted their will and took care of business. A major part of the Wolverines’ success tonight (and all season long) was Glenn Robinson III, whose aerial show has become a regular source of highlights this year.
Watch this monstrous dunk that Bigg Dogg Jr. had in the first half against his dad’s alma mater: Read More »
Midnight Madness is over, and with it went the smoke machines, dunk contests and laser shows that kick off the season. College basketball begins now, and while the excitement still remains it’s time to peel the hype back and see who the nation’s best truly are. That’s why Dime has you covered with individual previews of the nation’s top 15 teams and a few others just outside, all over the course of the next few weeks. Today, Michigan. Read More »
Darius Morris (photo. University of Michigan)
As the final seconds ticked off the clock during Michigan’s third-round NCAA Tournament loss to Duke, Darius Morris took a shot that he’s made countless times before. He had made it earlier in the game. It was a shot that, according to him, he normally always makes.
“I got a good look and the shot went out,” says Morris of his last shot attempt in a Michigan uniform. “Everybody thought the shot was falling in, especially me. And when it didn’t, it just was a crazy feeling.”
It was a feeling that left Morris in a tricky position. The star point guard had a decision to make: stay at school, or leave early for the NBA? He ultimately chose to pursue his lifelong dream. Read More »