Duncan Robinson of Michigan Basketball will meet with reporters on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
Nick Baumgardner / Detroit Free Press
SAN ANTONIO – The police escort was more than enough excitement for Duncan Robinson.
Michigan's five-year coordination captain will play in the second Final Four of his career this weekend, the first in another life, a world away.
One of the Best players in Division III basketball back in 2014 led Robinson Williams College as a freshman to the national title game. His journey from there is well documented. It was reared more often than he can count.
Nevertheless, he could not help but contrast the two scenes.
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"(The difference is), unparalleled, frankly," Robinson laughed Friday in the Alamodome. "The (D3) Final Four was cute, we got a police escort to this game, not that there was any traffic in Salem, Virginia, but I thought that was unbelievable, I was blown away."
"We played in the Salem Civic Center, it could have seated 6,000 people and there were maybe 2,000 there. That's just amazing.
Robinson will go down on Saturday in front of about 70,000 people when the Wolverines fight Loyola-Chicago in a national semifinals.There will not be many empty seats.
The scoreboard will depend on The roof of the Alamodome Much bigger than that on the wall of the Salem Civic Center, it's still just basketball, but Michigan's unique transfer will take it all in.
A player at the bottom will see Michigan as a member of the 1,000-point Leave clubs and go past Florida State's everlasting scoring list in Wolverines' regional final, passing Caris LeVert with eight more points.
A wild ride indeed.
"I think when all is said and done when that particular run is over, I'm sure I can look back and really be able to look at it with a perspective, "Robinson said." I just tried to do it and I think that's starting to spend time with the people you've been here with.
Since 2013, six players have left the program prematurely for the NBA, except for none of these players by former five-star recruiting Mitch McGary, should appear on his arrival as an early bird.
On Friday, Beilein was asked for his thoughts on early departure, how he deals with it, and how he addresses the issue during the recruitment process.  "We say" if you really want us, here's who we are ", Beilein said. "I would never reject a kid who's a planned one-on-one, if he understands it's Michigan and he should unpack his bag for four years, but after a year he has great opportunities, we'll turn him into an airport drive." That's the mentality we need right now, so we're not – nobody drives anyone away. All we have to do is make sure the boys play basketball for the right reasons.
"It's a goal, it's an experience in your life you'll never have again."
Liver at the 5
Michigan crafted at 6 Foot-7 freshman Isaiah Levers in the middle position for a stretch against Florida State last week with Moritz Wagner and Jon Teske in bad trouble. It is the smallest version of Michigan's small lineup.
This could be something that re-emerges against Loyola on Saturday, as the Ramblers will absolutely play stretches without a real post-player on the floor.
"We did that when Mo or Jon or Austin (Davis) got into serious trouble," Livers said. "They told me early in the year whether our three big ones are there foul trouble or if someone gets hurt, they'll be our third five because I've been guarding the five before."
"So (we) can definitely do it
Michigan's great man Moritz Wagner has made it clear to reporters that he must avoid the habit of becoming "emotionally drunk" against Loyola on Saturday, as Beileil calls it the best of him and it's throwing his game down.
This happened for a stretch against Florida State, he knows it can not happen again.
Still, if that's the case, his teammates will be there, to calm him down as much as possible.
"He calms down during his time off. He speaks (to himself) in German, "said Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman," We'll let him calm down and he'll be right back. "
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