Rooting for his son vs. Purdue a ‘no-brainer’ for Glenn Robinson
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org March 6, 2013 11:30PM
Former Purdue players Glenn Robinson, top left, Brian Cardinal, top right, talk with their former coach Gene Keady during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. Robinsons son, Glenn Robinson III, plays for Michigan who won 80-75. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Updated: April 8, 2013 8:09AM
WEST LAFAYETTE — Glenn Robinson hadn’t returned to Mackey Arena in several years — since before they renovated the inside of the stadium.
He was happy to return to watch his beloved Boilermakers play on Wednesday with one condition: That they lose.
Robinson has a rooting interest in the Wolverines. His son, Glenn Robinson III, has started all season for Michigan.
Both Robinsons were happy after Michigan came back from a 12-point deficit to win.
Robinson sat in the stands with his son, Gelen, and former Purdue player Brian Cardinal. Gelen, a football player, wrestler and track athlete for Lake Central, was there to visit with the Boilermakers football coaches. They have offered him a scholarship.
“I played here 20 years ago,” Robinson said. “To see my son play in the same building is a great feeling.”
Robinson has no split allegiance when it comes to rooting interest. He’s a Boilermaker except when they’re playing the Wolverines.
“That’s a no-brainer,” he said. “I always root for Purdue, just not to win tonight.”
Robinson said he didn’t have any pregame words of wisdom for his son.
“I don’t have to tell him anything,” he said. “He knows what time it is. This is always going to be a big game for him. He might put a little extra pressure on himself because he knows I went to school here.”
Actually, the younger Robinson said he didn’t feel any extra pressure. He was just happy to return to Indiana, just 90 minutes away from his home.
He finished with six points and seven rebounds in 35 minutes. It was a ho-hum night for him personally. He came into the game averaging 11.4. He wasn’t bothered at all by his 2-of-7 shooting from the floor.
“It was a lot of fun coming back here,” he said. “I have a lot of memories of coming to campus when I was a little kid. There was just a lot of excitement.”
There was plenty of excitement for the other Northwest Indiana contingent playing for the Wolverines.
Both Mitch McGary (Chesterton) and Spike Albrecht (Crown Point) played, too. For about a four-minute stretch in the second half, all three were in the game together.
McGary finished with six points and three rebounds in 13 minutes, while Albrecht had two points, one assist and one steal in 12 minutes.
McGary said he was excited about getting to play in front of his family and friends.
“It’s pretty cool playing an hour away from my home,” he said. “I had a bunch of family here. It meant a little more to me to come here. I got a little extra pep in my step.”
Albrecht walked out of the Michigan locker room with an autographed ball in his hand for his mother, who requested it.
He was as excited as Robinson and McGary about getting to play at Mackey with his Northwest Indiana teammates in front of his friends and family. He estimated that about 30 people aside from his immediate family made the trip to watch him.
“It was real cool to see family and friends before the game in the stands,” he said. “It was a good atmosphere. It was just a lot of fun.”