The Bartelstein Blog: X Factor, Tim's Big Night, 80 Degrees!

Feb. 7, 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?

Wow, yesterday's game against Ohio State was a pretty special day. You -- our fans -- deserve a ton of credit. The Crisler Center was as loud as I have ever heard it, and we had a huge home court advantage. Everyone that was there got their money's worth because they witnessed a classic Big Ten battle.

I know we had to take it to an extra period, but in the end we were able to come out on top! Check off another top-10 win on our résumé.

I knew it was going to a special day when I pulled up to Crisler at around 11 a.m. and there was already a line for our student section. It stretched all the way from the top of the Mortenson Plaza down the football tunnel stairs. I know it energized us just seeing that. We were able to stop by after our walk through, around 5 p.m., and bring pizzas. I tell you what the crowd must have tripled in size. It was so amazing.

When we got up there, the tent was rocking with live music. You could just feel the buzz for the game in the tent, and it carried over to game time. It was quite the sight. We hope to see the Maize Rage repeat its energy over our last four home games.

Back to the game.

It really came down to Tim (Hardaway Jr.) making big shot, after big shot, after big shot, after big shot. Yep that is four in a row just like in the game. It was one of those nights Tim will never forget for the rest of his life, knocking off the Buckeyes and catching on fire knocking down six long-range buckets.

When things weren't looking real good, Tim showed the kind of leader he is and stepped up. He was just so locked in before the game, I wasn't surprised he had the type of night he did. For me, personally, I couldn't be happier for Tim. He works incredibly hard, and he deserves nights like that!

However, playing in the Big Ten, you cannot really soak in the glory of the win for long.

We now move on to playing Wisconsin on the road, historically one of the toughest places to play in the country. The key to beating the Badgers is just being solid. We cannot beat ourselves taking bad shots or going for steals. They are known for holding the ball for all 35 seconds and making you guard them for the entire shot clock. If you take a second off or don't box out, you are going to get burned. I know by the time Saturday comes around, we will have a terrific game plan in place!

Off the court, our house is having some major temperature issues. It is either too cold or too hot in our house. For example, two days ago I woke up at 6 a.m. sweating. It literally was hard to breathe because it was so hot. I walked downstairs figuring the temperate was at like 75 degrees, but nope, someone set it to 80!!! That is insane and crazy and probably not healthy for you.

After unleashing an investigation, I came to the conclusion Jon (Horford) was cold in his basement, so he just decided to put it up to 80! This comes weeks after Tim set the temperature at 63, where I slept in gloves and a hat.

So I have decided to take things into my own hands and buy a case for our thermostat, and therefore I'm able to lock it and enable no one but myself to control the house temperature! I didn't think it would ever come to this, but I need to sleep comfortably and right now that isn't happening.

Make sure you tune in Saturday and watch us take on the Badgers.

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Have a great rest of the week.

Go Blue!

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