Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Michigan Wolverines aren't afraid of a "Justin Bieber" chant, and they absolutely crushed college basketball this week

Last season Michigan made it all the way to the national title game, led by All-American point guard Trey Burke (who beat top seeded Kansas with this ridiculous three pointer along the way).  Despite losing Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA, the Wolverines still began this year ranked in the top 10.  Shortly after the season started potential lottery pick Mitch McGary elected to have year ending back surgery, and ten games in Michigan was just 6-4 and out of the polls.

Fast forward to today: The Wolverines are now 15-4, winners of 9 straight (the last 7 of which have all been Big Ten matchups), and sit alone atop their conference standings at 7-0.  In the last eight days Michigan has won at #3 Wisconsin (which moved the Wolverines back into the rankings at #21 in the AP poll), knocked off #10 Iowa at home, and beaten the new #3 Michigan State on the road.

Defeating two different third ranked teams in consecutive away games is borderline impossible, and when you throw in the Iowa victory Michigan is the first team in 27 years to win three straight games all against top 10 opponents (oddly enough it was Iowa who last did it, in 1987).

So where did the above title come from?  With the Wolverines' Spike Albrecht (pictured, #2) on the free throw line Saturday night, the Spartan crowd looked to distract him by pointing out his somewhat Bieber-like appearance (and they go nuts when he misses):

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