Spike Albrecht has the best half of his life

Streeter Lecka

Spike Albrecht had 17 points for Michigan in the first half of the national title game. His previous career high was seven points. That's the joke.

Spike Albrecht, guys.

Let's run over everything we knew about Spike Albrecht before this game: he's a 5'11 freshman point guard from Crown Point, Ind. who averages 1.8 points per game. Career high? Seven points. He was having an oddly nice NCAA Tournament, going 5-for-5 from deep, but even that was a very small part of what has gotten the Michigan Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament final against the Louisville Cardinals.

But the kid has absolutely exploded. He has 17 points at the under 16-timeout -- four threes, each progressively deeper and heat-checkier than the last:

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And he also has two nice finishes around the basket, one where Louisville had extended their defense all the way to the half-court line and he straight up beat Luke Hancock to the basket and finished with grace. He still has not missed a three on the NCAA Tournament, now 9-for-9.

In one half, Albrecht might have put his name in NCAA Tournament lore -- I mean, he's nonupled (multiplied by nine times, natch) his season average and doubled his career high in less than a half. He's the main reason a team led the national championship game by 12 points in the first half. SPIKE ALBRECHT.

His final numbers from the first half -- 17 points on seven shots, one rebound, one turnover. For comparison, Trey Burke is 3-for-4 with seven points and Russ Smith is 1-for-9. So, yes, Spike Albrecht is winning the point guard battle.

I googled Albrecht's Twitter a bit late - he already had boosted up to over 7,000 followers:

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By now, it's doubled and that'll just balloon.

Let's look at some jokes:

Thanks to another gunner, Michigan is only up one at the half -- Luke Hancock drilled four threes, and it's now 38-37 Michigan. Now, the question for Michigan is: go to Trey Burke, the starter and possible Naismith Award winner, or stay with the hot hand -- his completely unknown backup?

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