Not many college basketball fans knew who Spike Albrecht was before the Michigan guard went off for a career high 17 points in the first half of Monday's national championship game. Well, that certainly isn't the case anymore.
Albrecht virtually became a household name in a matter of an hour thanks to his huge performance in the national spotlight. He was ultimately shut down by the Louisville defense in the second half, and the Wolverines eventually lost, but that didn't dampen Albrecht's spirits nor his confidence too much.
The diminutive role player decided to strike while the iron was hot by sending a tweet at supermodel Kate Upton, who was at the game donning blue and maize in support of Michigan.
@kateupton hey saw you at the game last night, thanks for coming out! Hope to see you againOf course, nobody outside of Albrecht believes he has a chance with the Sports Illustrated beauty queen, except for his coach, John Beilein, who offered him a scholarship when nearly every other major program did not.
— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) April 9, 2013
“I think he’s still got a shot there,” Beilein said on WTKA-AM (1050) this morning. “He’s got a shot. The young man has a lot of bravado to tweet the way he did. I think it was inspired by Nik Stauskas a little bit, he edged him on a little bit, his roommate. It’s all good. It’s fun. When it comes down to we want our kids to have great educations, we want them to win basketball games, we want them to enjoy themselves in the process. I think they’ve enjoyed themselves.”So, there you have it. The same guy who believed in Albrecht when no one else did also believes he may have a shot with Upton, as well.
Could this just be a product of wishful thinking, though? After all, America does love a good underdog story. And Albrecht hooking up with Upton would certainly be one for the underdogs.