The Wolverines won a share of their first Big Ten basketball title since 1986 last season, sharing the crown with rivals Michigan State and Ohio State.
Michigan will have to replace Novak and Douglass, but the team does get the services of both Hardaway and Burke back. The Wolverines also add a top-rated freshman class, including Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas, Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert.
The Wolverines have been given a preseason ranking of No. 5 by both ESPN.com and CBSsports.com.
They definitely have the talent to repeat.
I don't know how many of you remember my post about four months ago where I showed off my UM card collection (which led to my meeting a couple great fellow collectors, so thanks again to those guys!) but I wanted to give the board an update on that mainly because of something I received today: the eighth and final card I needed from Cazzie Russell's 2011-12 SP Authentic By the Letter "Michigan" nameplate. Every one of these cards is a manufactured letter autographed by Cazzie and serial #d to 50 (except for the "M" for some reason, that's to 25). Today I finally got to see all eight together and I was pretty excited, so I hoped some of you might enjoy it as well:
and another look:
So what do you guys think?
To talk about something (other than PSU) on a slow day, there is a good article on the nearing completion of Crisler Center renovations.
Included are comments from Beilein, my favorite being:
"Crisler is probably an 80-percent finished product right now. There's a completely new facade and the outside is all brick and it's beautiful," Beilein said. "There's a new entryway to Crisler that's going to knock you out. There's a big block 'M' and the escalators and big glass entry. All of the concourses are wide open with food courts, lighting and windows. It is going to be something really special."
To view photos of the latest Crisler Center renovations, visit:
Interesting article taken from coach’s interview on Detroit local radio this morning.
Basically, Beilein doesn't foresee himself pursuing a high caliber only there for a year. (Sounds like we should have a couple of years at least with the new frosh.)
“You’ve got to recruit the best players that you can get. If a guy is a Kobe Bryant (type), and he says, 'I’ve dreamed my whole life of going to Michigan, but I’m only going to be there one year,' that is a different thing for us than we’re in the top-10 list of this guy who’s a sure one-and-done."
“You can lose really good players slotted right behind him chasing that one. So we try to choose our battles very carefully, as to who we’re going to recruit that are really super prospects"
Nick Baumgardner did a write up on the Lebron James Skills Academy (Link Here), and noted that Burke and Hardaway Jr. were among the 6 standouts at the camp. Burke was noted as looking 'particularly outstanding', by Joe Kotoch of ProBasketballDraft.com, who chose Burke as his 'best slasher' and 'best midrange shooter'.
Condolences to his friends and family.