The Bartelstein Blog: Quality Time, The Monster, Secret Santa
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Dec. 28, 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?

I hope you all had a great holiday. I know our team enjoyed the break and being able to spend some quality time with our families. We don't get to spend a lot of time at home, so we definitely cherish every second when we are with them!

Before we talk about our break, I want to recap our win against Eastern Michigan. We played very well on both sides of the court and really shared the ball on the offensive side. This has been something that is becoming a regular occurrence and that is so great to see.

The key guy I want to point out against Eastern was Mitch (McGary). Mitch is one of the hardest workers on our team, spending countless extra hours working on his game. We see how much better he is getting, but for him to win Big Ten Freshman of the Week and record a double-double in the second half is just proof how good he can be. We call him the "Monster" because of how relentlessly he goes after the ball, and when he wants to get it, Mitch is going to get the ball. Mitch is just going to continue to get better and better, which is a scary thought considering how good he is now!

Now back to that great three-day break.

For the first time in a long time, it gives everyone a reprieve from basketball. Since the week school started, we have pretty much been going hard five to six days a week. You don't realize just how tired your body is until you're home for a couple days. Now that we are back and have had a couple practices under our belt, you can feel the excitement in the gym for the second half of our season. I think guys reflected over the break a little bit and know if we continue to get better and work hard, Team 97 can be special!

We are now preparing for our game against Central Michigan this Saturday. The game is a sellout, and we cannot wait to play in front of our amazing fans. For the rest of the season, we need to create as big of a homecourt advantage as possible and that means packing as many people into Crisler as possible. When teams walk out of their tunnel and see maize all over the place, it is extremely intimating. Central Michigan is a very talented team that can really shoot the ball and plays well in transition. We are going to have to be on point defensively and getting back on defense.

Oh, I almost forgot, I have another off-the-court doozy for you.

When we got back from our break, we had a team "white elephant" party. For those who don't know what it is, well, basically it's a version of Secret Santa but you don't know who is going to get your gift. Some of the funnier gifts were Spike (Albrecht) receiving headphones that would have been cool in the 1970s from Corey (Person). I mean really, they had to be from the '70s! They were what you would call "vintage."

Jordan (Morgan) got a tie that I truly hope he never wears out in public, and Corey got a lantern; since he goes camping so much it will come in handy. However, that is a joke, because Corey has never, and I can safely say will never, go camping. Caris (LeVert) got the best gift of the night, picking up a $25 gift card. I'm not even sure how to explain what I got besides it won't be used. I don't even want to spend the time telling you what it is but would love to hear your guesses.

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you Saturday night in Crisler.

Have a great rest of the week and keep writing in at askjbart20@gmail.com.

Go Blue!

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