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Everett Cook: Bye, Trey

A season for remembering

Daily Sports Editor
- With six minutes left in Michi-
gan's 82-76 loss to Louisville
in the National Championship,
Trey Burke launched himself off
the ground and toward the back-
board, stretching his arm as far
up as it could possibly go, trying
to stop the trajectory of Louisville
guard Peyton Siva.
It was a breakaway play in
transition, one-on-one, point
guard against point guard. Siva
rose up with his right hand, cra-
dling the ball, trying to slam it up
and over Burke.
Any other point guard either
lets Siva go or tries to strip the ball
in the air. Burke tried to block it.
Ninety seconds prior, the soph-
omore point guard had been lying
facedown on the court, trying to
recover after being fouled hard
on a drive. He had been beaten up
all game by the physical Cardinal
defense, and it was starting to
take its toll.
Burke got up and walked to the
free-throw line, head down. Jor-
dan Morgan caught him before
he got to the stripe, telling Burke
to lift his head. Morgan knew his
point guard was hurting. The red-
shirt junior center told him, "Just
keep fighting. Just six more min-
Burke nodded, but missed the
first free throw. He muttered
something under his breath, took
a breath, stepped forward and
made the second one. He was in
But in the open court against
Siva, the 6-foot Burke got up high-
er than he had all season. Half of
his forearm was above the rim,
where his hand met nothing but
the ball. It was a clean rejection, a
perfect defensive play and a per-
fect snapshot of two leaders leav-
ing everything on the line.
Then, a whistle. Burke was
called for the foul, and Siva made
both his free throws.

After the game, 11 players and
coaches viere asked if the play
was clean. All 11 said it was, but
all said it ultimately didn't affect
the outcome. There were so many
other plays that swung the game.
All 11 praised the point guard
for being able to even get there.
"If there's one person who
can't hang his head, it's Trey," said
freshman guard Nik Stauskas.
"He's carried us all year long."
There's a story that Michigan
assistant coach LaVall Jordan
likes to tell about Burke.
In the first open gym of Burke's
Michigan career in the summer
of 2011, Jordan approached Burke
and asked him, "You like win-
ning, don't you?" Burke, then 19,
responded, "Coach, I win. That's
what Ido."
Jordan knew that Burke had
won the Ohio State Champi-
onship as a sophomore in high
school, so he laughed andnodded,
trying to humor his young point
Dead serious, without a glint
of humor, Burke looked up at
Jordan, shook his head and said,
"Coach, I win. That's what I do."
That's not the interesting
part. The interesting part is
that Jordan believed Burke, the
soon to be freshman who hadn't
yet played in a collegiate game.
Jordan could see the drive that
earned Michigan a Big Ten title
last year and brought itsix points
away from a national champion-
ship this year.
seen it, probably for the last time
Monday. He almost left last year,
but on April 9, 2012, he said, "I felt
like it was the best decision for me
to stay my sophomore year and
compete for a national champion-
ship next year."
After sweeping the four
major National Player of the
Year awards and getting the
Wolverines to Atlanta, Burke
accomplished what he wanted
to. For him, there's nothing left
to accomplish at Michigan. It's

almost a foregone conclusion he
will play in the NBA next year.
But on Monday, he was still a
Wolverine, and he was still the
best player in the country, still the
player capable of makingshots 30
feet from the basket. Every time
it felt like the game was slipping
away, there was Burke, willing
Michigan back into it.
He finished the contest with a
game-high 24 points while miss-
ing just four shots and tallied six
of Michigan's last 10 points. He
couldn't, wouldn't let his team let
it slip away.
"He's a superhero. A mytho-
logical figure," said senior cap-
tain Josh Bartelstein. "I've never
enjoyed playing with anybody so
much. He's the best basketball
player I've ever played with, and
I've played with some good play-
ers. That kid is going to have an
unbelievable career in the NBA."
It's not a one-man game,
though. With 40 seconds left,
Burke knew Michigan needed to
foul, but also knew he had four of
his own. Manically, he tried wav-
ing freshman guard Caris LeVert
- or anyone he could find - over
to commit the infraction. Nobody
else understood, and time kept
ticking away.Burke's last two shot
attempts fell short.
At 1:42 a.m., a pocket of con-
fetti fell from the rafters, the last
of the celebration. The court was
already being disassembled, the
nets already cut down. The game,
season and career was over.
Trey Burke wins. That's what
he does. On Monday, there was
nothing more he could have done
- he had nothing more to give.
With the seconds ticking
down, Siva walked over to Burke
and gave him a hug, a nod of
respect. He saw what Jordan saw,
back before Burke came onto the
national scene.
Siva knew that there was
no point guard in the country
that could have made that play,
because there was no point guard
in the country like Trey Burke.

MARCH 28, 2013 - It has been
a hell of a season for the Michigan
women's basketball team.
The Wolverines exceeded all
expectations under first-year
coach Kim Barnes Arico. Michi-
gan (9-7
Big Ten, ALEXA
got off
to a 16-2 O
start - Basketball
best in
program history - during which
time the Wolverines went on a
10-game winning streak, setting
another program record.
Once Big Ten play started,
Michigan set yet another program
record by winning its first four
games. Adding to the accolades,
Barnes Arico led the Wolverines
to a win over No. 13 Purdue in
early February, and later ended a
six-year drought against Michi-
gan State in a close 70-69 win
that ended in dramatic fashion at
Crisler Center on Feb.16.
And if that weren't enough,
Michigan earned its first Associ-
ated Press ranking since 2002 on
Jan. 14 and won its first NCAA
Tournament game since 2001.
This team reached new heights
fans would never have guessed,
especially after an offseason that
cost the Wolverines five players to
ACL injuries.
"When you get a coaching
change, you don't know what to
expect," said senior guard Jenny
Ryan. "I can't explain enough
how much coach (Barnes) Arico
did behind the scenes in April
before this thing even got going,
how much she did for the pro-
gram, especially the seniors.
"She didn't just come in and
throw her style at us, she worked
with us, got to know us as people,
as players and once you realizeethe
amount of effort that was put in,
I'm not surprised by our success."
Barnes Arico has pointed to her
seniors all season as the reason
for the team's success, and right-

fully so. The five seniors, four of
whom started, account for 84 per-
cent of the offense. The 80 wins
make this class the winningest in
school history.
Led by Ryan, Michigan never
lacked leadership. Ryan earned
third-team All-Big Ten honors,
the first time she's been named to
an all-conference team, and aver-
aged 10.2 points per game with
5.2 assists. A leader on and off the
court as the point guard and cap-
and became the heart and soul of
the team from the beginning.
"I've coached a lot of really
good point guards in my career
as a coach, and she leads the pack
just because of everything she
does," Barnes Arico said. "She's
the total package. She's a coach's
dream really."
The surprise 'x'-factor for this
Wolverine squad was forward
Kate Thompson - who had never
started a game until this season.
Thompson led the team in points,
averaging 14.5 per game, but it
was her 3-point shooting that
carried her. She set the program
record for most career 3-pointers
as well as 3-pointers in a season.
She ended the season with 110,
becoming only the fifth player in
Big Ten history to hit at least 100
threes in a season.
Thompson garnered second-
team All-Big Ten honors and also
finished the regular season ranked
second in the nation in 3-pointers
per game with 3.4. In Michigan's
second-round NCAA Tourna-
ment loss to Stanford, Thompson
scored just seven points, but it
still brought her past the 1,000-
point mark for her career.
Center Rachel Sheffer, who
led the team in points last sea-
son, averaged 12.8 points and 6.6
rebounds per game this season.
Sheffer proved to be a critical
player for a team that typically ran
three- or four-guard sets, earning
an honorable mention from the
Big Ten. Her experience and poise
set her apart from the start in the

locker room. On Jan. 21, Sheffer
scored her 1,000th career point.
Another pleasant surprise
from the seniors was forward
Nya Jordan, who worked her
way into the starting lineup once
conference play began. Jordan,
whose specialty had always been
defense, worked on her shot and
ended up averaging 8.5 points per
game, while leading the team in
rebounds with 7.5 per game. The
Detroit native alsoearned an hon-
orable mentionfromthe BigTen.
As the only senior who didn't
start, forward Sam Arnold made
sure her presence was known
when she entered off the bench.
Arnold averaged 5.2 points per
game and led the team in field-
goal percentage, hitting 53.2 per-
cent of her shots. She was by far
the most productive bench player
for the Wolverines, who spent
most of their time in a six-player
With a Michigan team so
dependent on its seniors, Barnes
Arico's squad will be starting
over next year, allowing her to put
her stamp on the team. Retain-
ing only one starter, sophomore
forward Nicole Elmblad, Barnes
Arico will need help from her
incoming freshmen class as well
as huge contributions from fresh-
man guard Madison Ristovski.
Ristovski was expected to play
a major role this season, but the
success of the seniors put her on
the bench.
"Any time you don't win a
national championship, you're
goingto end your season on a sour
note," Barnes Arico said. "They're
a special group, and we talked
about it all week. I feel honored to
be their coach, and the transition
has been so great."
Despite an early exit from the
NCAA Tournament, the Wol-
verines' accomplishments went
beyond expectations. Since the
opener against Detroit - back on
Nov. 9 - this had the potential to
be a season worth remembering.
And it was.



A look ahead: Breaking down the 2013-14 Wolverines

Daily Sports Editor
APRIL 22, 2013 - Since the day
Trey Burke decided to return to
Ann Arbor for his sophomore sea-
son, the 2012-13 Michigan men's
basketball team was expected to
contend for a Final Four. It didn't
disappoint, either, remaining in
the nation's top 10 for the entire
season and eventually reaching
its goal in Atlanta.
Though Burke and junior
guard Tim Hardaway Jr. have
since departed in favor of the
NBA Draft, freshmen forwards
Mitch McGary and Glenn Rob-
inson III chose to follow Burke's
lead and stay for their sophomore
seasons. Their decisions, along
with another top-flight recruit-
ing class, position the Wolverines
for another Big Ten title and Final
Four hunt.
Despite the departure of
Burke and Hardaway, Michigan
essentially returns four starters
- McGary started each game in
the NCAA Tournament, while
redshirt junior forward Jordan
Morgan started nearly the entire
regular season after holding the
starting post spot throughout the
previous two seasons.
The Daily broke downthe Wol-
verines' upcoming roster, posi-
tion by position:
Point guard: When Burke
picked up two quick fouls in the
championship game against Lou-
isville, freshman Spike Albrecht

filled in more than admirabl
netting 17 points on 4-of-4 shooi
ing from 3-point range. In the set
and half, everyone was reminde
oftheAlbrechtwe saw- ordidn
see - for much of the season, th
one who hit just four 3-pointers i
his 18 appearances during confer
ence play.
Albrecht should see a rise h
minutes from his 8.1 minutes pe
game average last season, an
as he showed in the Final Foui
his shooting touch gives him th
capability to score in bunches, bu
he'll likely play in another reserv
role. Albrecht will probably b
the startingpointguard when th
Wolverines open their season h
November, but like Matt Vogric
this year, he'll likely accept
diminished role in favor of incon
ing freshman Derrick Walton J
as the non-conference slate pro
Walton, a Detroit native, i
the nation's No. 37 recruit -
good for the eighth-best poin
guard - according to Rivals.com
which tabbed Michigan's incon
ing class at No. 12, second in th
Big Ten behind Indiana. Walton
like Burke, is undersized - eac
stands at 6-feet tall - but is laud
ed for his passing and shootin
abilities. His defense remains
question mark, but on offense
he's consistently been tabbed a
a "true point guard" who coul
flourish in a Wolverine offens
loaded with a wealth of scorin

Y, Bottom line: No matter how
t- well Walton or Albrecht play,
- this position will be a downgrade
d from the consensus National
't Player of the Year, who played
e more than 35 minutes per game.
h Inexperience could hamper Wal-
- ton early on, but when given time
to jell with all of his surrounding
n talent, Walton should be able to
r facilitate another dangerously
d talented Michigan offense.
r, Wing: Hardaway's offensive
e production can be replaced, but
t can his defense? After being a
e defensive liability for most of
e his first two seasons, Hardaway
e turned into one of the Wolver-
n ines' most reliable perimeter
h defenders, often guarding the
a opposition's top outside threat.
- Michigan coaches have already
r. said they're planning on employ-
ing more lineups with two big
men on the floor at the same time,
s which would allow Robinson to
- play at his natural position, small
it forward, rather than the under-
a, sized power forward role he
- played for most of his freshman
e season. Given the circumstances,
a, Robinson's play was respectable,
h but against bigger teams, he was
- abused defensively and disap-
g peared on the offensive end. At
a the small forward position, Rob-
e, inson could terrorize opposing
s teams with his flexibility to play
d on the perimeter or post up small-
e er defenders, while his ability to
g find space in transition is as good
as anyone in the country.
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas
isn'tthe porous defender he was at
the start of the conference season,
but he'll still benefit greatly from
another offseason of strength and
conditioning, as well as coaching.
Combined with Robinson on the
wing, the Wolverines are already
i looking at a formidable one-two
punch, but perhaps the team's top
wingman next season, incoming
freshman Zak Irvin, hasn't even
graduated high school.
The five-star product, Indi-
ana's 2012-13 Mr. Basketball, is
Rivals.com's No. 24 prospect.
At 6-foot-6, his measurables are
similar to Hardaway, but he pos-
sesses greater ball-handling skills
and an impressive knack for get-
ting to the basket or creating his

own shot, which is solid.
With so much top-heavy tal-
ent, it's easy to forget freshman
guard Caris LeVert, who wasn't
even a Wolverine commitment
at this time last year. LeVert's
6-foot-5 frame was so scrawny
that coaches quickly decided to
redshirt him, but they quickly
changed their course when his
play in practice was too good
to keep off the floor. LeVert is a
superb perimeter defender who
has flashed an ability to shoot and
rebound. His body should benefit
tremendously from a full offsea-
son in a collegiate strength and
conditioning program.
Bottom line: Hardaway took
the basketball program to a new
level, but Michigan has a wealth
of riches on the wing that might
make forgetting Hardaway easy
by the middle of next season. The
top-four contributors here can
score in a variety of ways, both in
transition and in half-court sets,
and despite the loss of Hardaway,
should even provide an upgrade
on the defensive end with Robin-
son playing at small forward.
Post: While Michigan will
certainly miss Burke, McGary's
departure could've rivaled
Burke's in terms of setting the
programback.With the freshman
in Ann Arbor for another season,
the Wolverines have their entire
frontcourtback, which should set
fear into opposing coaches.
McGary averaged 6.2 points
and 5.1 rebounds in under 20
minutes per game during confer-
ence play last season, mostly off
the bench, but took the nation
by storm after a promotion into
the starting lineup to kick off the
NCAA Tournament. In over 30
minutes per game, he averaged a
double-double, dominating some
of the country's best post men,
including Kansas' Jeff Withey.
McGary was admittedly out of
shape and wasn't eating right
until the middle of the season
and should build upon a better
conditioning and eating regimen
with another college offseason
program. In the tournament, he
reminded everyone why he was
once ranked as the nation's No.
2 recruit, and he should only get
better next year.


Sophomore guard Trey Burke's athleticism and offense will beto

But the frontcourt doesn't end
with McGary. Earlier this week,
Michigan coach John Beilein
indicated that he'd use two big
men on the floor at the same time
for at least significant portions of
games, something .he has done
very little of during his tenure in
Ann Arbor. The days of the Wol-
verines getting absolutely abused
in the post ended this past season,
but Michigan still struggled with
post-oriented teams like Michi-
gan State. That should change in
the upcoming year.
Morgan is a three-year starter
but never seemed to fully recover
from a midseason ankle injury. A
healthy Morgan - one of the con-
ference's top low-post defenders
- alongside a still-developing Jon
Horford, gives the Wolverines
three solid post players. Incom-
ing forward Mark Donnal, who
fell just outside the nation's top-
100 prospects, could challenge
for playtime, and redshirt fresh-
man Max Bielfeldt can provide a
reliable few minutes per game if
needed, as well.
Bottom line: McGary flashed
All-American potential in the
NCAA Tournament, and assum-

ing he doesn't regress, Michigan
should actually be able to consis-
tently outmuscle Big Ten teams
in the post - something it hasn't
been ableto do in years. While the
Wolverines won't always employ
a two-post man lineup, they'll
certainly have the option to.
So what does this all mean?
Burke had the talent to win
games all by himself, and he did
so countless times. While he'll
be missed, Michigan will have a
combination of talent and depth
it hasn't had since at least the Fab
Five years. Beilein has proven his
wizardry time and time again
when it comes to adjusting his
system to his lineup, and that
could shine through this year
like never before. The Wolverines
have so many offensive options
- playing two bigs, going small,
pushing the pace, playing in the,
half court - that their offense
shouldn't skip a beat once Walton
gains some experience.
Defense will again be the ques-
tion mark, but with the ability to
play two men in the post, oppos-
ing teams won't be able to exploit
a weakness down low like they
could in years past.



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