|Michigan's big win over UCLA creates buzz|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 24 November 2008 12:13|
Even when the Wolverines were winning, the football team generated more attention - even in the offseason.
A win over UCLA last week suddenly seemed to awaken a dormant fan base. Just consider the number of text messages coach John Beilein received after the stunning upset.
``My phone blew up,'' Beilein said Monday.
DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris said their Facebook pages were filled with requests and messages.
``It's ridiculous,'' Sims said. ``My Facebook has been kind slow over the course of the fall. It has started to pick up and I wish I didn't have it now. I changed my number three times and people still get it.''
Michigan (3-1) followed a closely contested win against the Bruins with a 71-56 loss to Duke in the 2K Sports Classic.
``I'm not satisfied because we didn't win the whole thing,'' Harris said. ``But there's a different buzz than it was before we went to New York.''
State on Tuesday and Savannah State on Saturday at home.
``We haven't arrived yet,'' Sims said. ``We don't think the UCLA win made our season.''
Before the season, Beilein downplayed expectations by saying the Wolverines were ``trying to keep our head above water.'' This is his second season after losing a school-record 22 games last year. A win over UCLA showed this just might not be a rebuilding year.
It was the Wolverines' first win over a top-five team since 1997 and their first victory against a ranked team under Beilein.
``That's big for our confidence, beating a No. 4-ranked team,'' Harris said. ``Our team was confident before, but now it's on a whole level.''
Interest from fans is, too. Fewer than 75 tickets remain for the rematch with Duke on Dec. 6 at home, but Sims hopes Crisler Arena also fills up for other games.
``Everybody wants to see Duke,'' Sims said. ``I hope Norfolk State is sold out.''