Cole's World: The Michigan Difference, The Game, The Big Win
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MGOBLUE Cole McConnell
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Cole McConnell
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Feb. 25, 2014

So, I am back. No, really! It has been far too long since I last wrote a blog.

First my apologies for that, I will do my best to get more done.

Secondly, I'm writing this blog the day after beating Michigan State. Needless to say, the game is fresh on my mind, and I am still excited. Everything about the game lived up to the hype. The rivalry made it a battle. The crowd made it the loudest game ever recorded at Crisler Center. The CBS coverage provided national coverage. And then we, the Michigan basketball community, came out with the victory.

Okay, so let's begin.

Crisler Center was absolutely nuts yesterday. I've been to some loud gyms: Michigan State, Duke and Iowa State, but none of these gyms were as loud as Crisler.

Before I talk about the team and the Michigan State game, I want to explain what the "Michigan Difference" really means. To me the "Michigan Difference" is a bunch of reasons as to why Michigan is one of the best universities in the world. Because of this naturally we have tons of "differences."

The difference I am going to talk about is the color Maize. All of you who have been to a Michigan sporting event know what I am talking about. There is nothing cooler than looking around and seeing the arena in wall-to-wall maize when the band is performing The Victors and the crowd is cheering or dancing. It's hard to put into words so I like to call it, the "Michigan Difference."

Now, let's chat about the game.

Michigan State jumped to an early lead, hitting threes and outrebounding us. Before we knew what happened, we were down by around 10, and Michigan State had the momentum. Then, Zak (Irvin) checked in and minutes later this all changed.

I remember this like it was yesterday, (Get it? The game was yesterday. Dang I'm good.). We scored, got a stop and then Caris (LeVert) hit a three. At this point the crowd was half hyped. Then, Caris got a steal pitched it up to Zak, who dunked the heck out of the ball. Up until this point, this was the loudest I have heard our crowd.

The first half continued in a back-and-forth battle until the end of the half. We were down by five and Michigan State had just scored. We quickly inbounded the ball, and Nik (Stauskas) took one dribble and passed it ahead to Caris, who was open for a three. After shooting, he turned around and looked at his mom. (This is classified information.)

The ball had not even gone in yet when he turned around, but I guess when you're that good you just know the ball's going in and don't really have to worry about it (Pretty much the story of my life.). We went into halftime down by two and filled with energy.

With around 10 minutes left in the game, Nik decided to go to work. The shots and passes he made in this time were ridiculous. He hit two contested pull ups, which helped us extend our lead with Keith Appling's hand legitimately touching his face. Just to seal the deal, he and Glenn (Robinson III) decided to shut the gym down. Nik drove middle and threw a lob to Glenn, who was back cutting. To say he dunked the ball would be an understatement. I had the perfect angle because I sit right around the baseline so I saw Glenn catch the ball behind the backboard, move it to the other side and then dunk it (I'm still debating if I could do that on a 7-foot hoop.). After this play, the game was over in my opinion. Our sellout crowd was going crazy, our team was beyond excited, and Andrew (Dakich) was doing some weird dance on the bench.

The locker room after the game was ecstatic. Everyone in the locker room was all smiles. I'm about to give you a little insight into what we do after victories. We always sing The Victors. Needless to say this one was extremely passionate.

So that just about wraps up this blog.

Your boy suave is on an early come up so it takes me some time to write blogs, which is why there is so much time in between blogs. Food for thought: Have you ever tried to write a blog with a broken foot? It really isn't easy, well, for me -- yes it is. Who are we kidding. #dayinthelife

As always stay chill. GO BLUE!

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