Ann Arbor -- Spike Albrecht was the freshman who scored 17 points against Louisville in the National Championship. You know that, and so does anyone who has watched a Michigan basketball game in the years since.
But after that breakout performance, Albrecht continued to emerge as a reliable player -- one who would make smart passes and could hit the big shot.
Injuries have sidelined him for the rest of the season, ending his playing time at Michigan. Today, Maize N Brew celebrates his impressive career with the Wolverines by looking at Albrecht’s top five moments in the maize and blue.
5) Albrecht sends MSU game to overtime
It was a game Michigan had no business being in. With Derrick Walton and Caris LeVert both sidelined with injuries, the Wolverines relied on Albrecht, a group of freshmen and even a pair of walk-ons at the Breslin Center against Michigan State last February.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman carried Michigan early, but Albrecht helped put the finishing touches on regulation, pulling up from deep to bring the Wolverines to within two. A Max Bielfeldt tip-in moments later completed the comeback and forced overtime.
4) Spike takes over Syracuse game
Albrecht asserted himself as a leader of the 2014-15 Wolverines with an impressive performance against Syracuse in front of a packed Crisler Center.
He broke down the Orange’s vaunted 2-3 zone with ease, dropping behind-the-back dishes and no-look passes -- or simply shooting over the defense from beyond the arc.
The highlight came with less than a minute left in a tied game. As Derrick Walton collapsed the zone, Albrecht found himself open near the top of the key. Walton made the pass, and Spike buried the dagger.
3) Spike auditions for Globetrotters with self alley-oop
Albrecht was anything but conventional, and no play was more indicative of that than his alley-oop against Illinois in February.
What made it so special? He threw it to himself.
Sure, it wasn’t intentional, and no, it didn’t end with a dunk (could you imagine?), but it was ridiculous nonetheless.
The play was part of a 13-point, five-assist night for Albrecht, who helped the Wolverines reach overtime on the road against the Illini.
2) Spike breaks physics
I’ve watched this clip a hundred times, and I’m still not quite sure how Albrecht made this pass. (I even showed Spike and Aubrey Dawkins the clip in the locker room after the game, and they couldn’t quite explain it, either.)
Michigan ran Illinois off the court in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament last spring, and this play was the defining moment. Three Illini focused on Albrecht as he attacked the basket, so the point guard delivered a behind-the-back, around-his-head pinpoint pass to Dawkins for a dunk.
It capped an 18-point blowout, and left Michigan fans wondering, How did he do that!?
"I got lucky," Albrecht told me at the time. "No, actually, I practice stuff like that all the time."
1) Spike becomes national conversation in Atlanta
This one requires no explanation. You missed your shot, Kate.
So here’s to Spike Albrecht, the baby-faced assassin, the point guard who could and did do everything -- except dunk.
Did we miss any? Leave your favorite memories in the comments. Special thanks to UMHoops.com for the Michigan State, Syracuse and Louisville highlights.