Feb. 9, 2012
What's up everyone?
Hope you guys are a lot more energized than I am right now. I didn't get back to my house until 3 a.m., however after a win it doesn't really matter. Coach Beilein always says his favorite wins over the years have come on the road because it takes a total team effort.
This was the case last night at Nebraska and everyone on our team played a big role -- from Zack (Novak) and Stu (Douglass) dropping threes, to Tim (Hardaway Jr.) attacking the basket in the second half and Matt (Vogrich) catching fire in the second half. Matt did what we see him do every day in practice, so it was great to see those shots fall during a game.
There is a reason Matt caught fire last night. First, coach Alexander (BA) realized that Matt and Blake (McLimans) are always sitting next to each other. They are connected at the hip -- they live together, room together on the road, sit across from each other on the plane and eat every meal next to each other. It is safe to say wherever you see one, the other will be right behind.
Once BA pointed this out, Matt and Blake purposely didn't sit next to each other during our team meal before the game. So this could be one key. The other being that Matt and Blake were listening to Celine Dion in their room the night before the game. Coach Jordan was doing room checks and he walked in and Matt and Blake were rocking to Celine. So I think whoever is in charge of music at Crisler needs to put some Celine on before the game and Matt will guarantee at least three trey balls!
That game closed a stretch where we played five out of six games on the road and something I hope we don't ever have to do again. I know my first two years here we definitely never had anything like that, but it is an exhausting stretch.
The last week was the most tired I have been in a long time and it stems from all the travel, not sleeping in your own bed and arriving in the wee hours of the morning. One thing it does is make you appreciate playing at home. That's why we cannot wait to get back on the court Sunday at Crisler and not leave again for 10 days!
I've received a few questions about if I ever talk to guys who we have played with but left or graduated over the past few years.
First of all, I promised DeShawn Sims I would give him a shoutout, but yes I talk to a ton of the guys who I've played with. DeShawn is playing professionally overseas and killing it over there. He made the all-star team and even competed in the dunk contest. Not sure how that happened because DeShawn wasn't exactly the best dunker I've seen.
Manny Harris is playing in the D-League and really playing well. He is averaging almost 20 points a game and I think he will be called up to the NBA very soon.
Lastly, Darius Morris is on the Lakers and will be on the team the rest of the year as his contract was guaranteed. He tells me he is learning from Kobe every day, not a bad person to learn from and I think D-Mo will have a great career ahead of him. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever been around.
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Hopefully I see a ton of you Sunday when we take on the Illini. They are a good team and we need a great crowd to start a winning streak and keep our home record perfect!