Originally written on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 11/13/14
North Carolina won the NCAA tournament in 2005, but one of the more compelling stories of that year’s tournament centered around a team that didn’t make it out of the Elite Eight. Current Michigan coach John Beilein’s West Virginia Mountaineers fielded a team featuring two incredible shooters: one was Mike Gansey, a 6-foot-4 guard. The other was a 7-foot behemoth covered in tattoos. His name was Kevin Pittsnogle. You probably remember that team. Pittsnogle led the Mountaineers past Texas Tech in the Sweet Sixteen in 2005 with his smooth, effortless 3-point shot, his nifty footwork in the post and his massive frame protecting the basket. From that point on, when people thought of John Beilein’s ideal big man, they thought of Kevin Pittsnogle: a player who could play both facing up and with his back to the basket, with good mobility and a knock-down 3-point shot. 2013 Michigan commit Mark Donnal isn’t a seven-footer; he’s 6-foot-9. He also doesn’t have any tattoos or a name that is ea...
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