that makes one of us
Maybe a bit early for the headline, but still pleasing to read impressions of UM basketball beat writer Rod Beard for DetNews on UM hoops this season. Discusses 5 things learned about team at this juncture prior to opening B1G season.
Six weeks into the season, Michigan has risen to from fifth to second in the national polls and looking like a squad that will challenge for the title in a stacked Big Ten — and certainly get past the first weekend when March rolls back around.
Quick listing of his "5 Things" for those not able or desirous of clicking; though each has an interesting synopsis in the article.
Burke's even better
No one-man show - Strong rotation
Fresh faces - Freshman play
Hitting the boards - Rebounding
Going for it - Beilein
Love the last paragraph. Hoping we are in for a special season also.
Beilein won't talk about the good start or the No. 2 ranking, but in his mind, he knows this is a special group and he probably won't have all of the pieces back next year — so he'll look to seize the opportunity now.
The folks at NBA Draft.net pretty much spend their lives speculating on that very subject and have projected three Michigan players in the 2013 draft.
Glenn Robinson, Fr., SF, #15 to Atlanta
Trey Burke, So., PG, #25 to San Antonio
Tim Hardaway Jr., Jr., SG, #31 to Washington
I'm a little surprised Burke and Hardaway aren't rated higher, particularly Burke. From a selfish perspective, they would be less likely to leave.
OSU alum Abigail Grantstein was the lead investigator who was in charge of the Shabazz Muhammad case and reportedly was the investigator responsible for disclosing confidential information about the case and prejudging Muhammad & UCLA before full investigation complete. The OSU kidding stuff aside, the more you learn about NCAA investigations, the more you realize what a shammockery they are.
Whoa. RT @BaxterHolmes: Sources say the NCAA has fired Abigail Grantstein, its lead investigator in the Shabazz Muhammad case.
Summary of the whole UCLA investigation debacle:
Our very own Nik Stauskas comes in at #10, as the lowest ranked recruit on that list with respect to espn's recruiting rankings. Nice to see him greatly out-peforming his recruiting rankings thus far.
They also mention he is on pace to break the freshman 3pt % record.
LINK (Wooden Watch)
1. Mason Plumlee, Duke
2. Doug McDermott, Creighton
3. Michael Carter - Williams, Syracuse
Our own Trey Burke comes in at #4
Trey Burke, Michigan -- The No. 2-ranked Wolverines would be merely average if not for Burke, whose 18 points and seven assists per game have helped keep Michigan undefeated. Burke shoots 53.5 percent from the field and combines with Tim Hardaway Jr. (15.7 points) to form arguably the nation’s top backcourt.
5. Jeff Withey, Kansas
Big Ten Players on the cusp of top 5:
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Cody Zeller, Indiana
LINK ($$$) (Matchup Nightmares)
He comes in at #2, just behind Russ Smith, Louisville
Burke sets the tone and pace for the Michigan offense and defense. He brings the ball in transition at warp speed, and his ability to stop on a dime and change speed and direction makes him tough to keep out of the lane.