Is John Beilein bitter about Biefeldt transfer?

Is John Beilein bitter about Biefeldt transfer?

Submitted by Bluemandew on March 18th, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Wtka just played Beilein's press conference from yesterday. There was a question  about 5th year grad transfers and how they can be like free agents and does he think it is good or bad for the game.

"JOHN BEILEIN: I think we’re in a dangerous area there where you have the graduate transfer, and then where he can go afterwards and things like that, like we actually have one in our league. Those are difficult things, I think, that we have to look at in the future, and what is the real purpose that have? Is that young man going there just to play basketball? Is he going there to get his Masters degree? How many are getting their Masters degrees? There’s got to be some legitimacy to that rather than just another year of eligibility?

So the mid-majors that are getting to having their best players taken from them — you remember, a guy — there’s a reason a guy has a fifth year, that somewhere during that year he was injured, he had doctors, he had trainers, he had people looking after him at his home school. And now he’s going to take everything they did to another school, right? That’s not necessarily fair to anybody. Or fair to the home school that did all that work, the coaches that worked with them.

So we’ve got to be very careful of this area. I trust the NCAA is looking at it closely and hopefully will continue to make the right strides to make it a situation that really fits everyone much better."

This is the second time this year I have heard Beilein be very critical of the grad transfer rule. I don't ever remember him being critical of this rule before this year. If he wanted to keep Biefeldt he had plenty of opportunities. Beifeldt made it clear he didn't want to leave he wanted to finish his career at Michigan. How would it be fair to take away the opportunity to transfer from a 5th year player you don't want anymore?

Looks like Michigan's mascot is now Harbaugh

Looks like Michigan's mascot is now Harbaugh

Submitted by 1VaBlue1 on March 17th, 2016 at 3:42 PM

This pic from CBS, who put together all of the team mascots who are in the bball tourney.  Apparently, the Wolverine isn't known to CBS.  So now Harbaugh, complete with foam #1 hand, is it.  The Michigan Harbaugh's.  Sounds about right, anyway...

 

https://twitter.com/CBSSports/status/710492987944525825

 

Duncan ties Nik for season made 3 pointers.

Duncan ties Nik for season made 3 pointers.

Submitted by champswest on March 17th, 2016 at 2:26 PM

With last nights win over Tulsa, Duncan Robinson tied Nik Stauskas for fourth place in single season made three point field goals at 92 and needs one more against Notre Dame to tie Louis Bullock for third place. Current standings: 1. Bullock 101, 2. Glen Rice 99, 3. Bullock 93.

In 2013-14, as a sophomore, Nik made 92-208 for a .442 average in 1281 minutes played in 36 games.

Duncan has played 1002 minutes in 35 games and has made 92-206 for a .447 average.

If that isn't close enough for you, Bullock made 93-207 in 1997-98. So, if Duncan makes his first three point attempt against ND, he will tie for third place on the same exact number of shot attempts.

Data from MGOBLUE.COM Statistics Archives

Predictions for Today's Games Thread

Predictions for Today's Games Thread

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 17th, 2016 at 10:27 AM

REMINDER POST: Brackets officially lock at 12:15 with the tip-off of Duke/UNC-Wilmington.

The ESPN Tournament Challenge is back for another year. The brackets are officially set and ready for picks to be made. If you made a bracket last year just log in, create a bracket and rejoin the group. If you are new please follow the link below and use the password to join.

Get in the action now:

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Password: harbaugh!

MATCHUPS:

#13 UNC Wilmington vs #4 Duke

12:15 PM CBS Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

#9 Butler vs #8 Texas Tech

12:40 PM truTV PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

#9 Connecticut vs #8 Colorado

1:30 PM TNT Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

#13 Iona vs #4 Iowa State

2:00 PM TBS Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

#12 Yale vs #5 Baylor

2:45 PM CBS Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

#16 Hampton vs #1 Virginia

3:10 PM truTV PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

#16 Austin Peay vs #1 Kansas

4:00 PM TNT Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

#12 Arkansas-Little Rock vs #5 Purdue

4:30 PM TBS Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

#14 Buffalo vs #3 Miami

6:50 PM TNT Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

#12 Chattanooga vs #5 Indiana

7:10 PM CBS Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

#16 Florida Gulf Coast vs #1 North Carolina

7:20 PM TBS PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

#14 Fresno State vs #3 Utah

7:27 PM truTV Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

#11 Wichita St vs #6 Arizona

9:20 PM TNT Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

#13 Stony Brook vs #4 Kentucky

9:40 PM CBS Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

#9 Providence vs #8 USC

9:50 PM TBS PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

#11 Gonzaga vs #6 Seton Hall

9:57 PM truTV Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

Xavier Simpson named Gatorade POY for Ohio

Xavier Simpson named Gatorade POY for Ohio

Submitted by Raoul on March 17th, 2016 at 9:47 AM

After being named Ohio's Mr. Basketball yesterday, Xavier Simpson garnered another honor today: Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Ohio.

The 6-foot, 175-pound senior point guard has led the Spartans to a 28-0 record and a berth in the Division I semifinals, scheduled for March 18. Simpson is averaging 28 points, 6.3 assists and 3.7 steals per game through 28 games, shooting nearly 60 percent from 3-point range. . . .

"I can’t believe that there is a player in Ohio that is more important to his team’s success than Xavier Simpson," said Jim Rucki, head coach at Findlay High. "He makes everyone around him a better player. He is true point guard. He keeps his team under control and is a coach on the floor. He can be a great scorer when he needs to be, but has an uncanny ability to give his teammates the ball right where they need it. He is the best player in Ohio."