|Darius Morris reacts after missing the final shot (image via TheWolverine.com)|
Congratulations to the Michigan basketball team, which finally provided Wolverines fans with some hope after years of flailing. I admittedly didn't pay a great deal of attention to Michigan basketball for the first couple months of the season, because football is my #1 interest and where I live, Michigan basketball isn't on television very much. But the last couple months have been a great deal of fun. Maybe I'm good luck, because the first game I watched this year was the four-point loss to Ohio State on January 12th and I didn't watch again until the January 27th victory against MSU, which is about when Michigan started to make its end-of-season run. The Wolverines finished the season with a 10-5 run after losing six in a row, and three of those five losses were by two points or less.
These kids have nothing to be embarrassed about, and they represented the university well. I don't think anybody wanted to play Michigan toward the end of the season. And for anyone who didn't think they belonged (*cough* Doug Gottlieb *cough*), take a look at Michigan's 30-point victory over Tennessee and its near-victory against the defending national champions. This rag-tag crew of undersized, floppy-haired, barely-able-to-vote ballers had Dookies everywhere holding their breath in fear that a floater in the lane would send the game to overtime. And in a game that ended on a 28-15 run by Michigan, I'm not so sure the Blue Devils would have been favored to win in that situation.
I'm looking forward to next year. Go Blue!