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The Crisler Center pictures are real, and they're spectacular

Michigan is finally getting close to unveiling a fully functional Crisler Center to the public, and now we have our first real glimpse of the finished product.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

I went to a lot of games during my four and a half years in Ann Arbor, and I can say with total honesty that Crisler was never anything more than a roof and some uncomfortable seats to me. There wasn't as much awe or the palpable sense of history that hangs over a trip to Michigan stadium. Crisler was neither physically imposing, nor was it aesthetically pleasing. It was there. If they weren't playing basketball there we wouldn't be much reason to climb the concrete stairs and walk the dimly lit corridors.

That doesn't look to be the case now, as Michigan finally has the kind of basketball facilities -- remember the recently completed player development center -- that put it in the upper echelon of college basketball programs. This is a welcome step forward for Michigan basketball, and with the results on the court over the past couple years, things to be trending in a positive direction for the Michigan program as a whole.