The Bartelstein Blog: Small Margin for Error, Practice, Big Reunion
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Feb. 15, 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 know it has been a tough week for our fans and trust me we aren't happy with what transpired at Michigan State either. However, every team in the country goes through some adversity. It is a good thing it's happening now and not in four weeks when the NCAA tournament starts!

The thing you have to understand about college basketball is how hard it is to win any single game. Your margin for error, especially in the Big Ten is extremely small. When we got off to a 16-0 start, everything looked very easy. No doubt we were playing great basketball, but I could have guaranteed you we were going to have to go through a tough stretch at some point.

Most teams face their first bit of adversity in November or December, but ours didn't come until the middle of February. This is what makes college basketball so great. You need to bring you 'A' game every time you take the court. We know we have to get better and I have no doubt we will!

The other thing worked in our favor is over the next 10 days, we finally have time to really practice. We just went through a grueling stretch playing something like eight games in 23 days. Between having to take off days and just resting your body, there is not a lot of time to get OUR team better.

Most practices are spent preparing for the next opponent. After the State game on Tuesday, we had one of our best practices of the year. It was hard, physical, tough and defensive minded. We got back into that training camp mode and went at each other.

No excuses need to be made for what took place Tuesday night.

We played poorly and give State a ton of credit. But State still has to come back to Crisler and we are going to be more than ready. All of our team goals are still in front of us and our goal now is to just keep getting better because the stretch run is right around the corner. I tell the guys all the time this is going to be the best six weeks of our lives coming up and the memories we make will be forever. Nothing has changed my mind on that front!

Now moving onto to Sunday, it should be a pretty special weekend.

We are dedicating Crisler Center and hundreds of former players will be in town. From Cazzie Russell to Jimmy King to Glen Rice to Zack Novak, who I am sure you saw at the MSU game already. I'm excited for them to see all the new facilities as we now have better facilities than anyone in the country.

However, I'm more excited for all the former players to see how far the program has come and meet our team. Our coaches tell us all the time how former players text them and say how proud they are watching us play because we play so hard and together. We are one big family and it will be great to spend the weekend together.

With that, I hope to see many of you at Crisler Sunday. We are back at home and I know we can't wait to play in front of our fans. I see there is supposed to be a "Stripe Out" for our game. If you, the fans, respond the way you did for Ohio State, then I know this will be an amazing environment.

Keep writing into the blog at askjbart20@gmail.com.

Have a great weekend!

Go Blue!

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