Ahhh yes, we've ushered in a new year...a new decade even...sitting at home, wondering if we'll be sitting here next year. But that's football, that's another day. Michigan Basketball, from an expectations to output standpoint, has been nearly as disappointing in the 2009 portion of the season. Three defeats in a row against Marquette, Alabama, and Boston College have seemingly all but sealed Michigan's tournament hopes. They closed out 2009 by opening the Big Ten season with an embarrassing defeat to the lowly Hoosiers, who happened to be without their super-Frosh Maurice Creek, which does not bode well when we look ahead to the rest of the Big Ten.
But tonight, just tonight, they looked a bit like last year's Wolverines. Don't get me wrong, they were not by any means great. But they seemed interested, which is a step ahead of what we've seen so far this season. Shots fell. Turnovers were forced. There seemed to be a somewhat cohesive unit out there, a unit that had leaders, role-players, shooters, defenders. In short, we seemed to be a basketball team tonight. A basketball team with confidence, wearing the gold jerseys, and forgetting about 2009.
Sure they defeated an Ohio State team that despite being ranked today, will be unranked tomorrow. A team that is now 3-3 since losing Evan Turner, including a 65-43 drubbing by Wisconsin on New Year's Eve in Madison. But we have to start somewhere, and if our start is defeating those bastards from Columbus, then this already is a happy New Year.
So...ya...Happy New Year folks.