FINALS WATCH: Call me Spike

ATLANTA (AP) — Spike Albrecht has an actual first name. Outside of his mother, no one uses it.

Heck, there are plenty of people who don’t even know his given name is Michael.

“I write Spike on my papers, my tests,” Michigan’s freshman guard said Sunday. “My teachers call me Spike.”

The nickname came from the first pair of baseball spikes that Albrecht got when he was about 5 years old.

“I was a big baseball fan,” he says. “I started wearing them everywhere. I was wearing them out to eat, to go to church and stuff like that. It’s kind of embarrassing. So people started calling me Spike. And here I am, a freshman in college, and it still sticks.”

During the Final Four, his actual name is used in the program and on the box scores given out to the media. Albrecht figures there’s at least one person who is pleased with that development.

“My mom still calls me Michael,” he says. “She’s got to. She’s my mom.”

— Paul Newberry — http://twitter.com/@pnewberry1963

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NCAA Finals Watch follows the Final Four games and all the activities surrounding the event as seen by journalists from The Associated Press from across Atlanta. It will be updated throughout the day with breaking news and other items of interest. Follow AP reporters on Twitter where available.

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