Michigan received two first place votes (AP) and one first place vote from USA Today, but remain #2 behind Duke. #3 Syracuse had a major drop to #9, after their first loss to Temple. Also nice to see Pittsburgh and Kansas State make the poll at #24 and #25 respectively, since we beat them in the NIT Preseason tourney at Madison Square Gardens. Happy Holidays Michigan Family!!
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [Mass.]) was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week today (Monday, Dec. 24) by the conference office. It is the first conference weekly award of his career.
Coming off the bench in U-M's 93-54 victory over Eastern Michigan last Thursday (Dec. 20), McGary recorded his first career double-double as he tied his career best with 10 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. He was 5-for-8 from the field and posted his second 10-point game of the season. With five offensive rebounds and six defensive, he posted his second career double-digit rebounding performance, topping the 10 he had against Binghamton. He also recorded career bests for assists (2) and steals (3) against the Eagles.
Overall, it is the fifth conference accolade for U-M this season. Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior HS) have each earned player of the week honors, while Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School) has two freshman of the week awards.
The Wolverines will return to Crisler Center on Saturday (Dec. 29), when they host Central Michigan in their last game before opening Big Ten play. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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: