Spike Albrecht

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Spike Albrecht
20130408 Spike Albrecht.jpg
Albrecht giving the three-point shot signal at the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Louisville during his memorable performance.
No. 2 – Michigan Wolverines
Position Point guard
League Big Ten Conference
Personal information
Born (1992-08-24) August 24, 1992 (age 21)
Crown Point, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Northfield Mount Hermon
(Gill, Massachusetts)
College Michigan (2012–present)
Career highlights and awards
  • NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team (2013)

Michael Joseph "Spike" Albrecht (born August 24, 1992[1]) is a college basketball point guard for Michigan Wolverines men's basketball. He has completed his sophomore season for the 2013–14 team. Spike played high school basketball in his hometown of Crown Point, Indiana.[2] He is most well known for his 17-point first half performance off the bench for the 2012–13 team in the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Early life[edit]

At age 5, Michael Albrecht, son of Tammy and Charles "Chuck" Albrecht,[3] received his first baseball spikes and refused to take them off, earning his now famous nickname.[4] Chuck now runs a summer basketball camp that Spike assists at.[5] Albrecht attended Taft Middle School in Crown Point before attending Crown Point High School where he averaged 21 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 4 rebounds as a senior in 2011.[5][6] Albrecht committed to Michigan on April 6, 2012.[7] Albrecht led Northfield Mount Hermon School to the 2012 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AAA Boys' Basketball Tournament, defeating future Michigan teammate Mitch McGary's Brewster Academy in the semifinals. Albrecht was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament. Albrecht was a former Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teammate of McGary and future Michigan teammate Glenn Robinson III.[8] Albrecht's father was college teammates with Zack Novak's father; a generation later, when Spike Albrecht was an incoming freshman, Zack Novak was Michigan's outgoing captain.[9]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Spike Albrecht
Crown Point, Indiana Crown Point High School (IN)/
Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA)
6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Apr 6, 2012 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings:   ESPN: 112 (PG), 36 (IN)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

In Albrecht's role with the 2012–13 Wolverines team, he never scored more than 7 points in a game before the NCAA Tournament.[10] In the regional finals on March 31 against Florida, Michigan built a 13–0 lead and never led by less than 10 the rest of the game.[11][12] Several players had career-highs in the game, including Albrecht who had 7 points and 3 steals.[13] The national championship rounds were held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. In the April 6 national semifinal against Syracuse, Michigan emerged with its thirty-first victory, the most since the 1992–93 team went 31–5. The bench contributed 22 points, including 6 from Albrecht, who raised his NCAA tournament total to 5-for-5 on three-point shots.[14][15]

Michigan advanced to the April 8, 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game where the team lost to Midwest number one seed Louisville by an 82–76 margin despite 17 points, including 4-for-5 three-point shooting, from Albrecht in the game.[16] Albrecht scored 17 first-half points on 4-for-4 three-point shooting.[10] Albrecht made the seven-man All-Tournament team (which was revised multiple times) along with teammates McGary and Trey Burke.[17][18] When The New York Times Sports page did a year in review, Albrecht's picture appeared with a feature story about his 17-point performance.[19] NBC Sports journalist Rob Dauster described the performance as "arguably the most memorable half of basketball you'll ever see".[20] By the end of the first half of the game, Albrecht had tied Sam Cassell by making his first 9 three-point shots in his NCAA tournament games that season, and USA Today described Albrecht's place in history as "amongst the most unexpected NCAA heroes in history".[3] Following the championship game, Albrecht gained notoriety for tweeting with reigning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model and Michigan fan Kate Upton. He thanked her for her attendance at the Georgia Dome.[20][21]

Albrecht established a career high with 6 assists as Michigan defeated Houston Baptist by 54 points on December 7, 2013.[22][23] On January 22, 2014, against (#10 AP Poll/Coaches' Poll)[24] Iowa, Albrecht made his first career start, posting new career highs of 7 assists and 4 steals, tying a career high with 3 rebounds and helping Michigan defeated consecutive ranked opponents for the first time since the 1996–97 team.[25][26] Albrecht started in place of Derrick Walton who had the flu.[27] During the Michigan–Michigan State rivalry game on January 25 against the (#3)[28] 2013–14 Spartans at the Breslin Center, the Michigan State fans heckled Albrecht when he shot free throws with Justin Bieber chants.[29][30] The 2013–14 team advanced to the elite eight round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament before being eliminated by Kentucky.[31]


  1. ^ "Spike Albrecht Bio". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Spike Albrecht HS". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Chase, Chris (2013-04-08). "Spike Albrecht is the surprise NCAA championship MVP". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. ^ Kudak, Kevin (2013-04-08). "How did Spike Albrecht get his nickname?". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  5. ^ a b Hutton, Mike (2013-06-19). "HUTTON: Spike Albrecht ready to tackle next challenge at UM". Post-Tribune. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. ^ Osipoff, Michael (2012-04-06). "Crown Point's Albrecht commits to Michigan". Post-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  7. ^ "@GoodmanCBS status". Twitter. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  8. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (2012-04-06). "Michigan basketball picks up 2012 commitment from prep school point guard Spike Albrecht". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  9. ^ Hanlon, Steve (2008-02-26). "Fathers will backs sons as rivals during sectional". Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  10. ^ a b "Louisville outlasts Michigan to win national championship". ESPN. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  11. ^ "Michigan routs Florida en route to 1st Final Four berth since 1993". ESPN. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  12. ^ "(4) Michigan 79 (30–7, 12–6 Big Ten); (3) Florida 59 (29–8, 14–4 SEC)". ESPN. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  13. ^ "Postgame Notes: #10 Michigan 79, #14 Florida 59". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  14. ^ "(4) Syracuse 56 (30–10, 11–7 Big East); (4) Michigan 61 (31–7, 12–6 Big Ten)". ESPN. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  15. ^ "Postgame Notes: #10 Michigan 61, #16 Syracuse 56". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  16. ^ "(4) Michigan 76 (31-8, 12-6 Big Ten); (1) Louisville 82 (35-5, 14-4 Big East)". ESPN. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  17. ^ "(4) Michigan 76 (31–8, 12–6 Big Ten); (1) Louisville 82 (35–5, 14–4 Big East)". ESPN. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  18. ^ "WSU's Early Named To Final Four All Tournament Team". KAKE. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  19. ^ Shpigel, Ben (2013-12-30). "2013: A Look Back, and Beyond: An Underdog's Tale, Half Written". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  20. ^ a b Dauster, Rob (2013-11-06). "What does Spike Albrecht, Michigan's almost-hero, do for an encore this season?". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  21. ^ Augustine, Bernie (2013-04-09). "Michigan's Spike Albrecht tweets at Kate Upton after loss to Louisville". Daily News. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  22. ^ "Houston Baptist 53 (3-6, 1-6 away); (22) Michigan 107 (6-3, 5-1 home)". ESPN. 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  23. ^ "Postgame Notes: #22 Michigan 107, Houston Baptist 53". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  24. ^ "Wednesday's Men's Basketball Schedule". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  25. ^ "Michigan tops Iowa, sets up clash of conference unbeatens vs. Spartans". ESPN. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  26. ^ "Postgame Notes: #21 Michigan 75, #10 Iowa 67". MGoBlue. CBS Interactive. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  27. ^ Kaufman, Simon (2014-01-22). "Spike steps up in Walton's absence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  28. ^ "Saturday's Men's Basketball Results". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  29. ^ Gleeson, Scott (2014-01-25). "Michigan State fans mock Michigan's Spike Albrecht with Justin Bieber chants". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  30. ^ Josephs, Brian (2014-01-26). "Michigan State Fans Chant "Justin Bieber" and Still Lose (Video)". Complex. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  31. ^ "(8) Kentucky 75 (28-10, 12-6 SEC); (2) Michigan 72 (28-9, 15-3 Big Ten)". ESPN. 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 

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