The Bartelstein Blog: Possessions, Tim's 1,000, Michigan Square Garden

Nov. 19, 2012

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?

It has been a while since I last wrote and a lot has happened! We went 2-0 in the regional games for the NIT Season Tip-Off, knocking off IUPUI and Cleveland State -- two very well-coached mid-major teams. Because we won, we now head to New York on Tuesday to play in the championship rounds at Madison Square Garden. I cannot tell you how excited we are to get out there and play in front of all our East Coast fans!

Before I talk about New York, I need to recap our two performances last week.

What I was most impressed again about was how we moved the basketball and played so unselfish. It was a thing of beauty to see all the extra passes being made. The other key I believe has been our improved rebounding. We talk about it all the time -- getting those extra possessions. Turning the ball over is losing a possession and getting an offensive rebound is creating an extra one. So far, we have been doing a terrific job of taking care of the ball and cleaning the ball off the glass

You have to give a ton of credit to Jordan (Morgan), Jon (Horford) and Max (Bielfeldt) for the time they spend in the weight room this summer with Coach (Jon) Sanderson. There is no doubt those three are stronger and more explosive. Then you add in guys like Mitch (McGary) and Glenn (Robinson III), who naturally find ways to just go get the ball and it makes us a very good rebounding team. We need to keep this up all year long.

The other guy I need to give a huge shout out is Tim (Hardaway Jr.). Not only for scoring 1,000 career points, an amazing accomplishment in which he basically did in two years, but how much more of a complete player he has become.

Tim worked extremely hard this summer on his ball handling so he could become a play maker and no doubt he has become one. Add in that he has become an elite defender and is pulling down rebounds at an alarming rate. He definitely has us playing better. Tim knows the more diversified his game is, the better our team is. I couldn't be happier for all the success he his having because people that work as hard as Tim deserve to be rewarded!

Okay, on to New York.

We cannot wait to play Pitt on Wednesday night (Nov. 21) at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. We have had a week to rest and prepare and the team is itching to get back into action. I have heard now for a week how Madison Square Garden turns into Michigan Square Garden when we play there. So the challenge is out there. I want to walk out Wednesday night and see Maize and Blue filling up that place.

I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! Have a great week and make sure to catch us in action as we try and capture our first championship of the season!

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Oh, and also to the football team: Beat Ohio and Go Blue!

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