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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Saturday night pits the best college basketball matchup in the nation. #1 Michigan against third ranked Indiana in Bloomington. The Wolverines have already defended their #1 ranking once by beating Northwestern Wednesday night and now they visit, what I consider, the second toughest place to play in the Big Ten: Assembly Hall at I.U. The winner of this one takes over sole possession of first in the conference and most likely the top spot in the national polls. Win or lose, Michigan has been one of the most complete and consistent teams in the country. They can beat you in transition or in the halfcourt. They can win with their perimieter shooting or by dumping it inside. They can outscore you or lock you down on the defensive side of the floor. They are deep, athletic and smart and deserving of their high rating. Their DNA is made for a deep NCAA run. They are athletic, can play different styles, have perhaps the best backcourt in the country, they don't turn the ball over (#3 in NCAA) and commit the fewest fouls in the country (11.7/game). Meanwhile, Michigan State continues to plug along and win. The Spartans are in second place in the Big Ten and many feel they've lacked a wow factor in their wins. I say who cares. They've won 18 times and seven of nine times in conference play. They are a legitimate threat to the title. I don't think they are as deep or as multi-dimentional as Michigan or Indiana, but they play hard. It's been a fascinating and exciting college basketball season here. We have the chance to watch two of the best teams in the conference, considered as the best league in the country, and two of the better teams in the nation. Yet there are too many fans waiting until the Big Ten Tournament or the NCAA Tournament. Why? Enjoy these times. We've always wondered what it's like on Tobacco Road with North Carolina and Duke....or the SEC football with Georgia and Alabama. We get that "feel" when UM and OSU play in football and now we've got the chance to experience it with Michigan and Michigan State in college hoops. I hope it stays like this and rather than playing the "wait til...." I think we should embrace the moment...who know how long it may last.