Wolverines Feed Off Energy From Maize Rage Student Section - Dec 12, 2012
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With the University of Michigan men's basketball team's 67-39 home victory over the Binghamton Bearcats on Tuesday night (Dec. 11), the Wolverines are now 22-1 over the past two seasons while playing at Crisler. In addition to having a talented and deep roster, Michigan can attribute a lot of this success at Crisler Center to the loudly energetic Maize Rage, the U-M student section present at every home game.
Founded in the mid-1990s, the Maize Rage is a student-run organization on campus that is open to all students who have purchased season tickets. Since its humble beginnings more than a decade ago, the Maize Rage has continued to grow in both number and spirit.
"We started with about five students total," Maize Rage vice president Sasha Shaffer reflected. "We are now up to over 2,500 students. We create a loud atmosphere, and for a lot of visiting teams, they don't experience that much noise anywhere but here, so it makes it harder for them to play."
Colin Fitzner, a mechanical engineering graduate student, has similar memories of the Maize Rage's earlier years. "My freshman year, in order to get more people to come they gave the students free pizza," Fitzner laughed. "There weren't enough students there to eat all of the pizza, so everyone got their own box. Now, for big games we get here two hours early; we make our plans around basketball games. It's a lot more fun now."
What stood out most about Fitzner, however, was the unusual outfit he was proudly showing off in the front row of the student section. Dressed head-to-toe in maize and blue, a grey mask on his face and long claws on his hands, Fitzner sported a costume that was the perfect Michigan choice. "I am the comic book character Wolverine!" Fitzner remarked. "My mom actually bought this costume for me. I told her I wanted a costume that was a little funny, goofy and yellow. This was the perfect choice."
In addition to Fitzner's Wolverine costume, other characters such as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch could be found in the Maize Rage Tuesday night, along with Santa hats and maize and blue overalls.
"The Maize Rage has been great," senior guard Matt Vogrich commented. "We won all but one game at home last year, and so far this year we are undefeated as well. We're just trying to protect Crisler, and we really appreciate how loud and supportive they have been."
The one loss that came for the Wolverines last season was against Purdue on Feb. 25. "As you can see, that loss to Purdue last year was over break when the Maize Rage was not here," senior 'super fan' Jarrett McFeters pointed out. "That shows how effective we are. Every game this year, everyone is going to be here."
With the fall semester winding down, the Michigan students are beginning exams this week but not letting that keep them from cheering on their beloved Wolverines. One student in the middle of the sea of maize held up a sign that read, "Basketball over studying!"
"That really says it all," Shaffer commented. "We would all rather be here than studying."
"It helps that we have a really good team this year," McFeters added. "These guys have been phenomenal this year. We want to bring the energy every night and get this place rocking."
Senior/junior Jordan Morgan also spoke about the homecourt advantage that the Maize Rage creates at Crisler Center. "It's like having a sixth man on the court," Morgan remarked. "It's great having so much support, especially in the big games. Being loud and intimidating, it's a huge advantage for us. When we have everyone in the arena standing up and yelling, it makes a big difference."
With meetings every week, in addition to attending all of the home games and a few of the away games, the Maize Rage also participates in social gatherings together.
"Honestly, it has brought us all together and made us friends," remarked Shaffer on what the Maize Rage means to her. "There is no one else on campus that I am closer to than the people sitting around me right now."
"We are more like a group of friends that likes to go to sporting events, rather than a sports group that are friends," McFeters added.
As Vogrich mentioned, an important team goal for the Wolverines is to "protect Crisler" by staying undefeated at home. Michigan is off to a good start, beginning the 2012-13 season with a perfect 7-0 home record.
The Wolverines and the Maize Rage will next return to Crisler on Dec. 20 against Eastern Michigan. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. By Morgan Bailey, U-M Public & Media Relations Courtesy of: http://www.mgoblue.com
Coastal Carolina cruises to 91-81 win over Wyoming in Game 1 of CBI Championship - 19 hours ago
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Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win.... [read more]
Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win. Jaylen Shaw (6'1''-G) didn't have his best shooting night at 6-of-15 but helped the team by filling up the stat sheet. He ended the game with 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and only one turnover. Jason McManamen (6'5''-G-94) had a game-high 19 points for Wyoming before fouling out. Alan Herndon (6'9''-F-94) also played a big role, especially on the defensive end with five blocks. His work in the post was key in helping the Cowboys stay competitive in the second half. However, 15 turnovers and a 46-34 rebounding deficit helped contribute to the loss. On the plus side, the next two contests will be at Wyoming as the squad tries to bring home a CBI title. Coastal Carolina took full advantage of the home court in the early going, taking a 18-6 lead in the first six minutes and continuing to build distance going into halftime. This late three for Wyoming helped prevent the score from being double digits after the first half. As it was, the Chanticleers were still up 44-35 through 20 minutes of game time. The second half was more of the same with the home team consistently making shots to stay ahead. Although Wyoming was able to cut the lead down to six a few times, a 9-2 run helped the Chanticleers pull away. They weren't flawless down the stretch, but they made enough free throws to hold on for the 10-point victory. The teams will face off again in Game 2 Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET in Wyoming. If necessary, a third game will be played as a tiebreaker Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. In order for there to be a third game, however, the Cowboys will have to play much better defense next time out. Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com
Akron's Keith Dambrot taking Duquesne coaching job - 20 hours ago
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Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-... [read more]
Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-97 in five seasons at Duquesne. Dambrot coached LeBron James during his first two seasons at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. After losing to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, the Cavaliers star got the news that his former coach was leaving Akron. "I support everything that Coach D do. He's paid more dues than any other coach in Akron history," James said. "He got a seven-year deal? He probably got a pay raise, too. He's going to have to take me to lunch when I get back." Dambrot spent 13 seasons at Akron, compiling a 305-139 record. He has turned down other coaching jobs in the past to stay at Akron. Akron said it will immediately launch a national search for a new coach. Courtesy of: espn.com
Quinnipiac to name Baker Dunleavy new men's basketball coach - 1 day ago
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Quinnipiac will hire Baker Dunleavy as its next head coach, according to multiple sources. Dunleavy has spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats win a national championship in 2016 under head coach Jay Wright . Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier in the month after 10 seasons at the helm. Dunleavy, 34, is the son of former longtime NBA head coach and current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He played at Villanova in the ea... [read more]
Quinnipiac will hire Baker Dunleavy as its next head coach, according to multiple sources. Dunleavy has spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats win a national championship in 2016 under head coach Jay Wright . Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier in the month after 10 seasons at the helm. Dunleavy, 34, is the son of former longtime NBA head coach and current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He played at Villanova in the early 2000s alongside stars such as Allan Ray, Randy Foye and Jason Fraser, helping the team to the Sweet 16 as a junior. After graduating from Villanova in 2006, Dunleavy worked for Merrill Lynch before joining the Villanova staff as director of basketball operations. He was later elevated to assistant coach, then associate head coach. In the latter role, Dunleavy's responsibilities included on-court teaching, player development and recruiting. Dunleavy, who interviewed for the position on March 19, gets the job over a group of candidates that included former Quinnipiac star guard Jared Grasso, who's now associate head coach at Iona and Hamden native, former Quinnipiac assistant and current Southern Connecticut head coach Scott Burrell. Others believed to be targeted by Quinnipiac included Vermont head coach John Becker, Xavier associate head coach Travis Steele, Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole and Albany head man Will Brown. A press conference is expected to officially introduce Dunleavy on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. Dunleavy brings national championship pedigree and experience under one of the more respected head coaches in the game, not to mention a name that carries plenty of weight in the basketball world. He has no head coaching experience, of course. And while he inherits a strong, young roster that is slated to bring back its top three scorers from a year ago (including MAAC rookie of the year Mikey Dixon), Dunleavy may have to work hard to keep those players with the program. Grasso, a talented recruiter who has already secured a commitment from Hamden's own C.J. Seaforth for next season, was an assistant at the school for one season and is in its athletics Hall of Fame. He would have jumped at the opportunity to land what would have been a dream job. Same with Burrell, whose interview was this past Thursday, March 23. Burrell may have been hurt by his ties to Moore, for whom he was an assistant for eight years, but he has established himself as the head coach at SCSU, taking the Owls to the NCAA Division II tournament the past two seasons. Courtesy of: nhregister.com
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