Feb. 4, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Remaining ranked in the nation's top five all season has drawn extra attention to the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 3 AP, No. 3 USA Today Coaches Poll).
That extra attention has come from fans around the world, as well as local, national and international media. Among those showing heightened interests in the Wolverines was the CBS Sports Network.
Their crew spent four days following the Wolverines prior to U-M's 68-53 victory over Purdue (Jan. 24) to get an inside look at the Michigan basketball program for a 30-minute show on CBS' College Hoops Confidential. What has made the Wolverines so appealing is not only their success on the court but also the team's culture and chemistry among their players and coaching staff.
Throughout those four days, the crew followed the team as they practiced, studied film, lifted weights, ate team meals together and participated in other teams activities, including their visit to Mott's Children's Hospital. But the crew also got a chance to witness what the Wolverines do off court, spending a night in the kitchen with roommates Josh Bartelstein, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jon Horford and Jordan Morgan.
Although the team enjoyed the experience with CBS and the opportunity to show its fans a behind behind-the-scenes look at Michigan basketball, the Wolverines never strayed from pursuing their goals and upholding their core values that has made them so successful on and off the court -- integrity, unity, passion, diligence and appreciation.
The half-hour show will be televised tonight (Feb. 4) at 6:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network. Inside the episode, there will be coach and player interviews and practice and game access, as well as a general look at life inside the basketball program -- both past and present. CBS Sports Network is available throughout Ann Arbor on Comcast Channel 255, AT&T U-Verse Channel 643, DirecTV Channel 613 and DISH Network Channel 158. [ More Dates ]
The Wolverines held a media roundtable on Monday (Feb. 4) prior to hosting No. 10 Ohio State tomorrow night (Tuesday, Feb. 5) at 9 p.m. inside Crisler Center. The game is officially a Maize Out, and fans are encouraged to wear maize and arrive early to support the Wolverines.
In addition to Coach Beilein and Trey Burke speaking with the media, Bartelstein sat down for a brief interview about the experience with CBS.
U-M Senior Guard Josh Bartelstein
On the experience with CBS ... "It was a really cool experience. You watch all these reality TV shows, and you see what it's like having cameras follow you around. I think the first couple of days, guys were not totally themselves, but we got used to it. I think it's really cool for our fans to see what it's like -- we're only here for four or five hours a day, but the team is together for 18 hours a day, so to see what we do off the court as Michigan student-athletes is great."
On showing fans the off-court side of the team ... "I think it really shows our culture -- we talk about it so much, and it applies to so much more than just practice and games -- it's about how we handle ourselves in the classroom or when we're living together or at Mott Children's Hospital. Our attitude about appreciating things, and being diligent and having passion might sound corny, and that it only applies to just basketball, but we really take that in all aspects of our life, and that's what has made us so successful so far."
On having a show dedicated to Michigan basketball ... "That's a pretty cool thing, you can't read too much into it; but they only want to do shows on teams that are having a really good year and that people enjoy watching. I think it's a testament to our coaches and our players of how hard we've work. The guys at CBS said what stood out the most is how much fun we have playing together. Anyone who sees us play will see us high-fiving each other and standing up on the bench, and that's the kind of atmosphere we want on this team."
On being featured on the show ... "When I get to watch it and look back on it when the year is over, I'll have a big smile on my face, but when you're in the middle of it all, and we're trying to get ready for Ohio State tomorrow, you can't really soak it in too much because nothing has really been accomplished yet. We're having a great year, but I'll have a much better perspective on it if we win on April 8, and then I'll have a huge smile. It's a great thing, but right now it doesn't mean anything."
On what fans can expect to see from Michigan basketball ... "I think what they're going to see the most is that we have great kids on the team that you would love hanging out with. Whether it's Glenn Robinson or Trey Burke or Tim Hardaway Jr., they're great basketball players, but more importantly they're really great people, and that's what has made them so successful. People are going to finish that show thinking it must be awesome to be in that locker room, not because we're winning, but because of the people that are in it."
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