Glenn Robinson III says 'no hard feelings' between him and Purdue after Michigan win
His father, Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, was a college superstar at Purdue in the 1990s, and eventually became the No. 1 pick of the 1994 NBA daft.
Yet the Boilermakers, and coach Matt Painter -- who played with Robinson's dad at Purdue -- never really recruited him out of high school.
So, after scoring 12 points and grabbing 9 rebounds to help No. 2 Michigan knock off Purdue at Crisler Center, Robinson was ready when the questions started flying.
"A lot of people have been making a big deal out of it, but it wasn't anything special," Robinson said after Michigan's 68-53 win. "I just wanted to go out there and execute with my team.
"There's no hard feelings."
For Robinson, there aren't any hard feelings.
For Purdue fans? Well, that might be a different story.
Michigan's 6-foot-6 freshman forward did a bit of everything again Thursday, posterizing D.J. Byrd on a baseline dunk in the first half and knocking two big 3-pointers to spark a game-changing 10-0 run in the second half.
He also led Michigan in rebounding, for the fourth time this season, with 9.
"His dad was a great player there," Michigan coach John Beilein said of Robinson. "Whether that was something (that drove him), I don't know.
"But I hope our guys take every game personally. 'I represent the University of Michigan, I represent my family, and this is personal.' "
Robinson, as usual, played the whole thing cool after the game -- answering questions in stride and never flinching with any response.
But did his teammates buy it?
"(This game) might have been (personal for Robinson)," teammate and good friend Mitch McGary said afterward. "He might not say it was, but it's personal for all of us guys from Indiana.
"They always talk smack if they beat us, because they're from Indiana and we came here to Michigan -- we've got to win."
Through 19 games, Robinson's averaging 12.1 points and 5.9 rebounds as the undoubted glue guy for the No. 2 team in America. He plays above the rim, he shoots the 3, he rebounds and does most of it with ease.
And though he's not producing at the absurdly high level of his father during his days at Purdue, it's safe to say most Boilermaker fans wouldn't mind seeing the Big Dog's kid wearing black and gold.
As for Robinson? He's more than happy where he's at.
"(Purdue) was part of my early recruitment, but I made a great decision coming (to Michigan)," he said. "I love it here. A great coaching staff, great teammates, everything. It's worked out perfect for me.
"There's no hard feelings, I know there's been a few things (said) about coach Painter not recruiting me and stuff, but it's nothing like that."
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