Zack Novak has a pretty good idea what kind of reception he'll face when he takes the court Sunday at No. 9 Michigan State.
''Awful,'' the Michigan senior said with a slight smile. ''Yeah, I'm not very liked.''
As his college career winds down, fans all over are taking note of Novak's scrappy style. From Arkansas to Ohio, he's been showered with taunts and insults - attention that is in some ways a compliment to the Wolverines' three-year captain. The 6-foot-4 Novak isn't the quickest player, and he sometimes seems woefully undersized, especially when he's playing forward and mixing it up with the other team's big men.
But there's no denying the contribution he's made at Michigan the last four seasons.
''There's one picture where he got hit at Illinois, I think it might've been his freshmen year, and he was bleeding all down his face,'' teammate Stu Douglass said. ''He loves that picture. That pretty much encapsulates everything about that kid.''
It's easy to understand how Nov...