Michigan presented their case to the selection committee on Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis. What trial strategy did Michigan’s lead attorney John Beilein use? He opened up with a star witness in DeShawn Sims. Sims testimony was to score Michigan’s first 14 points and start the game 8-8 as he paced the Wolverines to an early 22-9 lead and in the process severely damaging Iowa’s defensive strategy.
Mr. Beilein’s next witness was Corperryale Harris, aka Manny Fresh. His testimony was to show the jury what an all around game is. He shot a sizzling 7-11 including 3-5 from downtown. In addition to that he grabbed 7 boards and dished out 8 assists. For good measure he picked up a steal and a block.
Iowa didn’t have any answers and Michigan harassed and harangued Jake Kelly into a 3-11 day from the field. Iowa was never able to threaten Michigan. At one point in the first half they closed the lead to 28-17. Michigan objected to that and responded by ripping off 12 straight points and never looked back the rest of the game. By the time Michigan finished presenting their case the end result was a 73-45 thrashing of Iowa.
Remember what Assistant Coach Jerry Dunn said after Michigan lost at Iowa? He said, “we aren’t trying to make the tournament this year, we are trying to make it every year”. Michigan and their head coach John Beilein have proved the doubters wrong all season and this convincing win over Iowa puts the exclamation point on what I have been saying since Michigan hired Coach Beilein, Trust Beilein! He knows what he is doing.
Erin Andrews asked DeShawn Sims after the game about his incredible start. He said his teammates kept pumping him up. This team has really come together down the stretch playing unselfish basketball.
In the ESPN studio, Doug Gottlieb said Michigan is obviously in the tournament. That my friend is sweet, sweet music to my ears.
Next up Michigan plays Illinois Friday night at 6:30. Believe me when I say this, Michigan can beat anybody on a neutral court.