Which team is better--2012-13 or 2013-14?

Which team is better--2012-13 or 2013-14?

Submitted by Sambojangles on January 31st, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Idle Friday thoughts: which team is better, last year's or this year's basketball team? Compare this team to how they were both at this time last year (ranked #1 for the week going into the Indiana game) and how they were playing at the end of the year, during the tournament run.

If they were playing each other, who would win?

MBB Recruiting: 2015 4* G/SF Matt McQuaid

MBB Recruiting: 2015 4* G/SF Matt McQuaid

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on January 31st, 2014 at 2:37 PM

For no apparent reason, 2015 basketball recruiting has been very slow for Beilein and company, who, like and Hoke and company, have tended to wrap up classes on the early side (save for the ocassional late addition like LeVert). 

Per UMHoops, the most recent name to surface on Beilein's radar is 2015 4* G/SF Matt McQuaid out of Duncanville, TX (link here since my work computer won't allow me to click the OK button for the hyperlink: http://www.umhoops.com/2014/01/30/four-star-guard-matthew-mcquaid-receiving-michigan-interest).

Beilein checklist:

-Looks to be young for his grade (check) with potential to grow more (check)

-Good shooter (check); high release point (bonus points)

-Potential to play multiple positions, most likely 2 and 3 (check)

-Comfortable putting the ball on the floor (check)

-Good basketball DNA/IQ (his dad played at CMU and coaches) (check)

-Defensive buy-in (check)

Looks like he'd be a great addition to the class.Video below due to issue mentioned above:


MBB Second Best Start in Conference Ever

MBB Second Best Start in Conference Ever

Submitted by btjabrone on January 31st, 2014 at 11:36 AM

With the win over Purdue, the Michigan Wolverines are now 8-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1976-77 season.  The only other 8-0 Big Ten start was in the 1970-71 season.  Our best start was in the 1964-65 season, when we won 13 straight to start the conference season.  So right now we are tied for the second best start in conference in team history, and, with a win at Indiana on Sunday, this team will stand alone as the second best start in program history.  GO BLUE!  BEAT THE HOOSIERS!


(Apologies if this has already been posted, but I didn't see it anywhere.)


Charity Coaches Challenge - Vote for Beilein

Charity Coaches Challenge - Vote for Beilein

Submitted by MFanNE on January 31st, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Listing to Sam Webb and they brought up this 0pportunity for vote for a charity backed by the NCAA basketball coaches.  You can vote one time each day:  

Currently OSU and Thad Matta are way out front with about 35% of the vote vs 2% for Michigan.  This one goes to fund a charity of choice, so it is worth the few seconds to vote even without not wanting someone like Matta or Izzo to win.



LeVert's skillset comparison

LeVert's skillset comparison

Submitted by Michigania on January 31st, 2014 at 8:49 AM

As we've been watching these players all morph into high level players,  I was hoping this offseason, a jump by GR3, both in weight and skill, into a closer version of his Big Dog dad....

Instead, the true leap in growth occured in Stauskas, who is now approaching legitimacy in being an All-American, a poor man's Larry Bird at this trajectory, and this growth has been quite remarkable....

The leap, however, that I was NOT expecting over the offseason, that is as impressive as Stauskas' leap,  is Caris LeVert's game....  watching him last night I marveled at his elite body control and ball handling skills, especially the speed of it, and he appears simply to be the best athlete by far, on the court.. and this isn't knocking GR3.

Which brings me to the point of this post....  when LeVert arrived recently, several were trying to make comparisons to his game with former players, and a few mentioned that the closest thing was former Michigan great Sean Higgins.....   well, I was a freshman at Michigan in 1988, and that comparison was intriguing....but after watching the game last night, I thought that LeVert's skill set seemed alot closer to Gary Grant, and Higgins' game was actually closer to Stauska's....  Higgins was a sublime shooter...he could shoot out the lights like Stauskas can, but did not have the elite body control and movement that LeVert has.

I'm not one to know much about basketball like some here, and I risk the talking out of my arse..... but that initial LeVert comparison had me thinking, enough to post this, to ask the experts here to discuss who LeVert truly reminds you of, and it doesn't have to be within the program, because it sure doesn't feel like Higgins to me.


ESPN Bracketology - UM #2 Seed

ESPN Bracketology - UM #2 Seed

Submitted by stopthewnba on January 30th, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology is out - he has Michigan as a #2 seed in the East, with possible matchups against #7 Gonzaga, #3 Duke/#6 Umass, with #4 Oklahoma and #1 Syracuse (and #5 Wisconsin) in the top half.


#2 is the highest projection I've seen so far, but hey, it's January.  Beilein has another 6 weeks to work further magic.

Stauskas - #1 Overlooked Matchup Nightmare - Seth Greenberg

Stauskas - #1 Overlooked Matchup Nightmare - Seth Greenberg

Submitted by MFanNE on January 29th, 2014 at 9:18 PM


Obviously not just a shooter reference included in the write-up:

These matchup nightmares aren’t necessarily an elite scorer, a potential NBA lottery pick or someone who fills up the stat sheet each night. They’re simply the toughest players in college basketball to get ready for. Certain stars are obvious: Kansas’ Joel Embiid, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Duke’s Jabari Parker come to mind. 

But who are some under-the-radar matchup nightmares? Which lesser-known players affect a coach’s preparation more than almost any others? Let’s take a look at the top 10. 

1. Nik Stauskas | G | Michigan Wolverines 
Key stat: Averaging 22.3 points per game in his past four contests