As Oklahoma State gets ready to face Michigan in the NCAA Tournament it is one of Cowboy Coach Brad Underwood's friends that coached his team to hand the Wolverines their worse lose this season.
Way back on November 23 in Columbia, S.C., the Michigan Wolverines traveled to South Carolina and got their tails kicked by the Gamecocks 61-46. On that night you would not have thought that Michigan would have won the Big 10 Tournament Championship. You would not have imagined Michigan heading to the NCAA Tournament as they will and play Oklahoma State on Friday morning at 11:15 a.m. in Indianapolis.
Michigan got hammered by South Carolina 61-to-46. The jump shot marksmen from Ann Arbor found the rims non passable as they could only muster 10-of-52 from the field for 19 percent and the normally successful three-point shots were awful as the Wolverines were 2-of-26! That's 7.7 percent!
Okay, so what gives and since South Carolina is coached by former K-State head coach and Brad Underwood boss and close friend Frank Martin, surely, the coach that I friendly refer to as "Count Dracula" can pass along a little advice that will lead the Cowboys to a copy cat performance and a similarly dominating win over Michigan.
I know for a fact that Underwood and Martin have talked, but the problem is Martin's Gamecocks were the exact poison for Michigan with big men like freshman Maik Kotsar (6-10, 245), Chris Silva (6-9, 223), D.J. Dozier (6-6, 205), Sindarius Thornwell (6-5, 211), and Duane Notice (6-2, 225). The banged around with the not so physical Wolverines and blocked six shots to no blocks for Michigan. They intimidated the Wolverines and after a 33-27 first half outscored the visitors 28-19 in the second half. They outrebounded Michigan 40-36, but the most impressive number may have been that Michigan had just two assists in the entire game and Derrick Walton Jr. is a dangerous passer and assist man that may have made passes, but had no teammates finishing. He had 15 points, four rebounds, and no assists and was the best player for Michigan in the game. The starting line-up totaled 31 points on the night.
The Cowboys will study the video, gets notes and, maybe even a game plan and scouting report from South Carolina, but they can't get the inches and the pounds and the bulk. That is what crushed Michigan is their worse loss this season.