He calls himself — and insists others in the locker room also call him — “The Microwave.” As such, Poole serves as an offensive sparkplug off the bench. When the offense needs creativity, assertion or sure shooting, Poole can provide just that. It’s a role that suits his game as much as his gregarious personality.
“People go to me for the ‘hype guy,’ ” Poole said. “Me personally, I feel like if I hit one, I’m hot.”
WEST LAFAYETTE — The pregame theatrics at Mackey Arena are quite a sight.
Blinking lights scatter the arena, the ritual chants splatter expletives at in-state rival Indiana. Students line the seats to the rafters, swaying back and forth in preparation. Right before the lineup announcements and tip-off — just seconds before the lights dim and the show begins — a video starts on the jumbotron. There’s one sentence before the crowd renders it nearly inaudible.
In what may kindly be deemed a defensive struggle — and not so kindly, a downright ugly game — the twenty-third ranked Wolverines improved to 17-5 overall and 6-3 in Big Ten play with a 62-47 win over Rutgers.