Sunday, December 7, 2008
On Saturday, the upstart Michigan Wolverines basketball team upset No. 4 Duke 81-73 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Duke, which entered the game undefeated, had already beaten Michigan 71-56 in the 2K Sports Classic two weeks ago, and had just dismantled #10 Purdue earlier in the week in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge.
The victory marked the second time in as many weeks that Michigan (6-2) has upset the fourth ranked team in the nation. The Wolverines upset then -No. 4 UCLA in the 2K Sports Classic before going on to lose to Duke in the tournament's final.
Michigan, which hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1998, is beginning to put together a strong Tournament resume (assuming their newfound winning ways continue through the Big Ten portion of their schedule). Drive and Dish thought that the hiring of John Beilein as men's head basketball coach was a master stroke by Michigan in 2007. Drive and Dish had been extremely impressed by Beilein's work at West Virginia and it was our opinion that Beilein was the best candidate to turn the Wolverines' long under-performing basketball program around.
It looks like he's starting to get it done.
(Image: Seattle Post-Intelligencer).