Matt Shepard is the play-by-play voice of University of Michigan basketball, Eastern Michigan University football and the Detroit Lions Television Network. He can also be found on TV locally on Fox Sports Detroit and nationally on the Big Ten Network for college football and baseball.
Here, he answers a few of your burning questions.
Hometown? Farmington Hills, MI
Marital Status? Married, Lisa, with four children (3-boys 1-girl)
What High School did you attend? North Farmington HS
What is your Favorite sport to watch on TV and your favorite sport to attend in person?
Football on TV...hockey to attend
Who is your favorite actor or actress?
Clint Eastwood/Mel Gibson.....Ashley Judd
Who is your favorite sports celebrity of all time? Wayne Gretzky
Bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the ninth of the Game Seven of the World Series and your team is down one run...Which active baseball player do you want at the plate? Derek Jeter
Who is your favorite cartoon character? Bugs Bunny
What is your favorite national sports moment? Miracle on Ice
What is your favorite Detroit sports moment?
1984 World Series & 1997 Red Wings Stanley Cup
If you could change a rule in sports, what would it be?
I'd just like to see the strike zone called appropriately
What Detroiter do you admire most? Joe Dumars
College or Pro Sports? College
If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be? Jesus....my father (deceased)....my father-in-law (deceased) to see 'em one more time
What was your most interesting interview? Paul Newman at the Detroit Grand Prix
Favorite broadcaster of all time? Dick Enberg....but I really respect Joe Buck
Most embarrassing moment on the air? Stuttering during a line in a sportscast
What is your favorite Sports Team? Detroit Tigers
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It's going to be an entertaning, but challenging college basketball season in the Big Ten. Fortunately, we have two teams that will be in the thick of the battle for the conference championship. Michigan State is known for its defense and rebounding, but their scoring talent with Keith Appling, Branden Dawson and Gary Harris gives them a unique blend. Michigan, ranked third-their highest since the 1993-94 season, is legit. The Wolverines have more athleticism and depth than ever before. Both teams have the point guards for success; talented wings; and size to grind out games in the conference and if you can do that in the Big Ten you can do it with any team in the country. It's hard not to like the players that stock both UM and MSU from a talent and personal standpoint. In order to stay competitive in college hoops, you must possess NBA talent. Both schools do, as does Indiana and Ohio State and that's why these four teams rank in the top 15. UM's Glenn Robinson III is as talented a freshman in the conference and he is a future pro. Trey Burke is a pre-season all-american for a reason-phenominal talent and improved leader and he's a future pro. Tim Hardaway has worked dilligently in the off-season and changed his game to improve his handle and his pull-up-a future pro. And freshman Nik Stauskas can shoot as well as anyone in the conference, maybe the country, and just might be a guy scouts will keep a keen eye on. With the Lions season basically over, the Red Wings on hiatus and the Pistons headed for another lotterty pick, UM and MSU hoops have taken over the state. Enjoy it and consider yourself fortunate because there aren't many places that can boast two legitimate contender in the same area.
Shep talks about Michigan's win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, previews Michigan State's game against Miami and talks about some of the NBA talent that is currently in the conference.
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