Michigan Basketball blew the barn doors off of Nebraska on Thursday night in the regular season home finale at Crisler Center by a score of 82-53, but one of the storylines of the game came from an unlikely place.
True freshman Colin Castleton was the first big man off the bench on the night and rewarded the coaching staff’s faith in his abilities, finishing with a career-high 11 points.
Nebraska head coach Tim Miles praises his performance after the game after being victimized by the weapon nobody saw coming.
Nebraska head basketball coach and high school guidance counselor Tim Miles had high praise for Colin Castleton’s performance pic.twitter.com/iQtQpVAQPp— Anthony Broome (@anthonytbroome) March 1, 2019
Michigan center Jon Teske, fresh off of a 22 point, 10 rebound performance, was the first player into the media room on Thursday night, but was left behind by the members of the press once Castleton entered the room. It was not something he ever thought he would see, but he sure was happy that it happened.
Colin Castleton walked into the media room and everyone ran over to interview him. Jon Teske wasn’t sure he’d see it ever, but he’s glad he did tonight. pic.twitter.com/NPDwkrq4wR— Anthony Broome (@anthonytbroome) March 1, 2019
Head coach John Beilein said after the game that while he still has not done everything they have wanted to see in practice, the coaching staff took a vote and decided it was time to get him in because he was starting to edge out other players.
John Beilein said that the coaching staff took a vote on if Castleton would get some more run tonight. Said he was starting to “slightly start to edge” above other players. pic.twitter.com/BYjM1g76Z5— Anthony Broome (@anthonytbroome) March 1, 2019
Michigan’s final two regular season home games come in the form of a trip to Maryland on Sunday for a 3:45 p.m. ET start before heading to Michigan State for a rematch on March 9, which is set for an 8 p.m. tipoff.