Jan. 16, 2013
Senior guard Josh Bartelstein begins his senior season and his third year writing the J-Bart Blog. He will give all Wolverine fans an inside look into the program and life outside of basketball during the 2012-13 season.
What's up everyone?
I hope you all had a great weekend besides our little setback. However, we are ready to move on to Minnesota as we have a huge game tomorrow night. Minnesota is a great team and the atmosphere is going to be electric in the barn. Throw in Dick Vitale doing the game and you have what should be a pretty special Thursday night match-up!
To recap what happened at Ohio, we had a very rough first eight minutes, but after that, we closed a 21-point gap to three. On the road, you can't spot teams points like that. A lot of credit has to go to them for forcing us to turn the ball over, but it was the first true Big Ten road game for our young team and this will be a huge stepping stone for us going forward.
You always feel awful after the game, until you watch the film and realize how close we were to winning. There are so many plays we want back, but the key to winning on the road in the Big Ten is valuing every possession. You never know which play is going to be the one you want back!
Unlike college football, you don't have to wait a whole week to get another shot on the court. We get another top-10 road test Thursday and if we learn from our mistakes, the outcome will be in our favor.
A big part of Minnesota is its offensive rebounding.
The Gophers lead the conference in creating extra opportunities for themselves. We need to hit a man and box out on every possession. Now there is a good part about teams that really attack the glass. Once we get that rebound, we can get out in transition and run. We want to get down the court in four seconds every time we get the ball, but you can only run when you get stops and get clean rebounds. That is why in practice this week a huge emphasis has been on hitting people early and hard! It's going to be a great game!
Off the court, I am very proud to announce the seniors won our team video game tournament. We pulled off a great NBA 2K win over the sophomores and juniors. Eso (Akunne) clinched the game in the fourth with some really clutch shooting, but the game ball has to go to Blake (McLimans) for getting us a 10-point lead in the first quarter.
Now Blake has never played the game before, so getting a 10-point lead against someone must mean the guy he was playing against was pretty bad. Not trying to put anyone on blast, but (number 52, aka J-Mo) did not come ready to play when the lights were on and everyone was watching. I tend to think it was probably just the experience of the seniors that those young guys couldn't match!
Lastly and most important, coach Beilein has made a habit of making sure we understand how important giving back is. Right now, coaches throughout the country are in a contest to raise money for their favorite charity. We need all our great fans to go to ESPN.com and vote. It only takes a minute to vote and the St. Louis Center of Michigan is a great place that is special to coach!
Make sure you guys all tune in to ESPN Thursday night at 7 p.m. We are ready to get that bad taste out of our mouth and move on.
Keep writing into the blog at firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE VOTE FOR BEILEIN!!
Have a great rest of the week and Go Blue!