Kam Chatman Staying in Ann Arbor For Summer

Kam Chatman Staying in Ann Arbor For Summer

Submitted by FreddieMercuryHayes on March 10th, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Nice article about Kam Chatman by B. Quinn. 

Link: http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/03/kameron_chatman_michigan_2.html

While there have been other articles similar about the adversity he's faced throughout his year and season at UM, this article contained an piece of info I haven't heard. 

It seems Chatman is staying in AA for the summer instead of going home.  He'll go through the same regimen that Stauskas and LeVert did when they stayed for their summers.  It's really good to hear that he's making a effort to get better.  I'm excited to see how improves next season, and this certainly should help him live up to the hype that came with him to UM.

Also, didn't realize this until now, but Chatman is young.  Like almost LeVert young when he enrolled at UM.  Chatman is still 18, and won't turn 19 until summer.  So if we're looking for bigger leaps throughout their time at UM, Chatman is a prime candidate.

UPDATE: Per Alejandro Zuniga's twitter, Dawkins said he's staying as well for the extra workouts as well as "most of the freshmen", whatever that means.  So, that's really good to hear.

EDIT: as a clarification, even though the nominclature seems to be staying for the 'summer', the extra training is actually more in the spring.  I believe an old article said this optional training starts in April, the player stays for the spring term, and gets an extra 7 weeks before the rest of team comes for the summer term for required workouts.  Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

NIT Rooting Interests Thread

NIT Rooting Interests Thread

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 9th, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Obviously all of these games are very important for Michigan's NIT hopes, but 3 NCAA bids will be up for grabs tonight.

Here's the slate. 3 set to tip off now.

Conf. Match up Time/Network
CAA Champ. 1 William & Mary vs. 3 Northeastern LOST 72-61
SoCon Champ. 1 Wofford vs. 10 Furman WON 67-64
Summit Semis 1 S. Dakota St. vs. 5 S. Dakota WON 78-65
MAAC Champ. 1 Iona vs. 3 Manhattan LOST 


We need the 1 seeds to win, obviously. 

Aubrey Dawkins - Conference Freshman of the Week

Aubrey Dawkins - Conference Freshman of the Week

Submitted by Tate on March 9th, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Well deserved.


Aubrey Dawkins of @umichbball collects 1st Freshman of Week nod. Eight 3s vs #Rutgers, most in #B1GMBBall this season pic.twitter.com/E2iBDF6M1O

— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) March 9, 2015


Since taking the starting job, he is averaging 33.7 mpg and 11.4 ppg with a shooting line of 51/46/90 (2P/3P/FT).

I think he came a little too late to the party to have an opportunity at All-B1G Freshman Team. 

Guess the MBB Player....

Guess the MBB Player....

Submitted by AC1997 on March 8th, 2015 at 5:08 PM

In the coming days (or hopefully weeks) we will wrap up the basketball season and there will be countless posts written about "what if...." or "looking toward next year" or any number of optimistic stories about the growth for next season.  As a prelude to those pieces, I will throw out this question.  

Can you name these three current or former John Beilein players based on their freshmen stats?  

Player FG% 3PT% FT% PTSp40 REBp40 FTp40
#1 46.3% 44.0% 85.1% 14.45 3.90 2.92
#2 47.1% 43.9% 87.0% 13.33 4.16 1.65
#3 43.4% 42.5% 71.4% 17.36 0.63 1.48


I'll post the answer in the comments, so don't look ahead if you want to guess.  I obviously cherry-picked a few stats to tell a story and could have picked some other players as well.  The message, however, is that there have been many examples of a "sophomore leap" under John Beilein and if we consider the huge number of freshmen on this year's team we should have reason to believe in next year.  

College Basketball/NIT Rooting Interests Thread

College Basketball/NIT Rooting Interests Thread

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 8th, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Every day is an important day for Michigan. The more 1 seeds mid-majors that win their conference tourneys, helps Michigan's chances as it saves NIT bids.


Conf Match Up Time/Net or Result
A-East Semis 4 New Hampshire at 1 Albany WON 60-58
Patriot Semis 4 Lafayette at 1 Bucknell LOST 80-74
A-Sun CHAMP 3 USC Upstate at 1 North Florida WON 63-57
CAA Semis 1 William & Mary vs. 5 Hofstra W 92-91  2OT
MAAC Semis 1 Iona vs. 4 Monmouth WON 95-77
SoCon Semis 1 Wofford vs. 4 W. Carolina WON 73-61


We also get to watch Wisconsin destroy OSU on their senior day at 4:30 on CBS.

OT: The "Dean" Defends Crean

OT: The "Dean" Defends Crean

Submitted by michmaiku on March 8th, 2015 at 1:20 PM

It's a scrambled, self-aggrandizing defense from Izzo-ner.  This line made me vomit a little in my mouth:

"It's not the first time Izzo, the Big Ten's dean of coaches, has defended a colleague."

I'd honestly never registered that he has the longest tenure in the conference. He appears to have none of the wisdom and dignity I'd associate with the honorific.





March Madness Begins

March Madness Begins

Submitted by UM Fan in Nashville on March 7th, 2015 at 10:21 PM

I will only start this thread because I'm confidnet I'm the only Belmont grad part of this MGoBlog community.  

I couldn't be more proud of Belmont for being the first in the tourney, especially considering they have won 2 out of their first 3 years years being part of the OVC.

Any predictions on who will win the other 'MidMajors?'

Matchup issues for other conferences?

Thoughts on conference champioships for MidMajors?  Worth it?  Not worth it?

Best time of the year!   

March Madness

College Basketball Open Thread

College Basketball Open Thread

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 7th, 2015 at 7:54 PM

You have rooting interests if you're a Michigan fan.

To ensure an NIT bid, we need as many conference champions of mid-major conferences to win their conference tournaments as possible.

Yesterday, Charleston Southern lost in their tournament so they are headed to the NIT with an automatic bid. 

Here are today's games-

CAA-QF 1 Wiliam & Mary vs. 8 Elon WON 72-59
MAAC-QF 1 Iona vs. 8 Siena WON 74-71
SoCon-QF 1 Wofford vs. 8 UNC-Greensboro WON 70-52
NEC-SEMI 5 Saint Francis at 1 St. Francis WON 62-48
OVC-CHAMP 1 Murray State vs. 3 Belmont LOST 88-87
Summit-QF 8 Western Illinois at 1 S. Dakota State WON 87-50
Horizon-SEMI 4 Cleveland State at 1 Valpo WON 80-75