I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Go Blue, beat IU!
- Michigan attempts to end its three game losing streak
- Novak and Douglass return to their home state
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• U-M Radio: Matt Shepard (p-by-p) & David Merritt (analyst)
• Television Broadcast: Big Ten Network | Eric Collins (p-by-p) & Quinn Buckner (analyst)
After beginning the season 9-2, Tom Crean’s Indiana squad has since hit a slide, dropping its last six contests. After two tough losses at the Las Vegas Classic to Northern Iowa (67-61) and Colorado (78-69), the Hoosiers have lost each of their fi rst four Big Ten contests to Penn State (69-60), Ohio State (85-67), Minnesota (67-63) and Northwestern (93-81). Indiana holds a 9-8 overall record (0-4 Big Ten).
Under John Beilein, the Wolverines are 2-2 against the Hoosiers, with the teams splitting their matchups last season. In 2009-10, Michigan fell at Assembly Hall in their Big Ten opener, 71-65 (Dec. 31), but came away victorious in Ann Arbor, 69-45 (Jan. 14). This season, the Hoosiers are led by sophomore Christian Watford, who leads Indiana with 16.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
- Michigan will play three of its next four games, and expanding further fi ve of its next seven, on the road, starting with a game at Indiana (Jan. 15). Michigan had played 10 of its last 11 games in Crisler Arena, going 7-3 at home in that stretch.
- Three of Michigan's six losses this season have come against three of top-fi ve ranked programs in the nation. U-M lost by just three to No. 4 Syracuse (53-50), lost by seven in overtime to No. 3 Kansas (67-60) and by just four to No. 2 Ohio State (68-64).
- In conference play, Michigan is shooting a league-best 89.2 percent (33-of-37) from the free throw line in Big Ten games and is 47-of-54 (87 percent) over the last five games.
- Overall, Michigan is second in the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (73.1 percent) and has two players in the top-10 in the conference in free-throw percentage. Tim Hardaway Jr. is eighth in the conference (81.5 percent) while Darius Morris ranks 10th in the league (76.8 percent).
- U-M coach John Beilein needs to coach 15 more games to reach 1,000 total contests in his 33-year career. At the current pace, the 1,000th game will be the Wolverines' opening game at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament.
- With 131 three-point fi eld goals, Stu Douglass is eighth all-time at U-M. Douglass needs four to move into seventh (Glen Rice, 135).
This is the open thread for any and all Michigan Ross MBA Round 1 candidates to publicly announce their suitors and decisions. The program is hoping to sign a Top 10 class in both Businessweek and US News and World Reports. Feel free to post your recruiting profiles for the B-School or any other under/grad programs you’re applying to below. This is so much more stressful than undergrad admissions.
Name: Zone Left
Class of 2013
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Employer: Marine Corps
What really jumps off the page when looking at Left is his extensive work experience. He’s got over eight years, which is significantly more than the average candidate. While the experience lends him a perspective unavailable to the average mid 20’s consultant, we wonder if schools will see him as past his prime and unable to compete with the younger folks.
His GMAT score is average to slightly above average for this level of competition. He has solid, above average writing skills, producing strong essays and interviews well, but we’re unsure if his sub-par GPA, despite being over eight years old, is going to cause the elite programs to take a pass. Overall, he’s the kind of solid prospect you build programs around. He’s got descent upside, is a solid team player, and projects as a solid professional.
Considering: Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame
While Left is a Southern California resident, he’s a Midwestern native and has been surprisingly disinterested in the powerhouse LA programs at UCLA and USC. He also got a strong push from the local boys at San Diego State, but thought nothing associated with the program had anything to offer a native of Michigan. His recruitment has been focused on national brands, including the goliaths in the Northeast, but that interest was not mutual.
His most active suitor was Notre Dame. They stepped in with his first offer, and have made a really strong push. Despite its diminished stature, the Irish brand name has great pull nationally. However, his family appears to be against the move, with one member actively comparing South Bend to the frozen 9th Circle of Dante’s Hell.
While he doesn’t have any geographic ties to the region, Texas has made a strong push for Left’s commitment and is certainly in the running. He is reportedly attracted to the Longhorns for the high quality of education, strong local economy, family values, and the second floor view of the treadmills at the school’s student gym. He has offers from both Notre Dame and Texas.
However, Ross is clearly his number one choice. The combination of hometown connections, excellent program, and outstanding history of churning out excellent professionals appears to be greater than Texas’s excellent location or Notre Dame’s strong recruiting push. That said, we’re unsure if Zone has a committable offer to Ross or not. He expects to find out in the next week and will announce on January 14th.
On the Trail:
Sep 20: Official visit and interview at Notre Dame
Sep 22: Official visit to Michigan
Sep 25: Official visit to Texas
Nov 3: Interview and unofficial visit to Michigan
Dec 3: Interview with Texas
Dec 17: Offered by Notre Dame
Dec 18: Offered by Texas
Jan 14: Expected decision (Likely not televised by ESPN)
Which will he choose?
It's more fun than talking about that other stuff, right?
In case there isn't a LiveBlog. Enjoy and please keep the coaching change talk in other threads. This is about the game today.
South Carolina (-2.5) vs Florida State
USC (ntUSC) is my #17 confidence pick. Talk goes here.
North Carolina vs Tennessee in what is certain to be a game we're all talking about 20 years from now. Enjoy.
FWIW, I'm a huge fan of (checks) Tennessee here. Go Vols!
Drink every time you see Ben Franklin's face. That said, don't drink too much, because the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl is coming up next and might include talk of "Leaders" and "Legends." If either are mentioned in context with the Big 10's divisions, drink a bottle of Everclear, get naked, and burn a metal folding chair.