Was able to sit courtside today (got one of the assistant coach's tickets...I joked earlier, but this is not a humblebrag) and wanted to share some observations (in no particular order).
First, the game is so different when you're that close vs watching on TV. There isn't as much open space as you think in person, and they are much faster. Michigan's defense in person is impressive--they rotate, close out, and hedge very quickly.
Charles Matthews gets ridiculous lift when he does his turnarounds. It's quite a sight.
Jon Teske is HUGE. Just a massive human. It's a sight to behold in person. His dad came out afterwards and is a big dude too.
Bruno Fernando has a surprising amount of awkwardness for a guy that athletic.
Zavier Simpson is in COMPLETE control when he has the ball and is always looking up and ahead and is talking and directing. Looks smaller in person but is in total control of the offense and the ball.
Brazdeikis has sporadic footwork issues on his outside shots.
Jordan Poole actually looks bigger in person (my opinion).
The Michigan bench looks very dialed in. Camaraderie abounds.
Beilein will get after a player but does a lot of teaching when a guy comes out. He pulled Teske aside and gave him a shooting tip after his first several shots were short. He gives a lot of encouragement.
The game was a reunion of sorts. Mo Wagner, Duncan Robinson, Rahkman, Jaaron Simmons (pretty sure that was him), and Jordan Morgan were there. Wagner and Robinson were courtside. The others sat under the basket (Michigan's 2nd half basket). They spent a lot of time meeting up and bro-hugging, etc. Current players came up after the game to do the same with them.
Wagner is clearly the nicest guy in the world. He took a million pics with fans--EVERY fan that wanted one. Kids, teens, moms, dads, grandparents. I am not exaggerating. Always had a smile. If he turned and saw a kid smile or wave at him, he went up to that kid, even during the game. Seriously. Duncan was similarly approachable, but Mo was the star.
The new football assistant coaches were introduced. Gattis, of course, got the most cheers.
After the game, the assistant coach came over to say hi to us and chat. I mentioned Mo's friendliness and he confirmed that is simply how he is all the time. At the end, I said "Please make sure you take care of Sparty." He looked at me and said "Nope. It's Minnesota time."