Burke and Robinson Earn Big Ten Player, Freshman of Week Awards

Burke and Robinson Earn Big Ten Player, Freshman of Week Awards

Submitted by Raoul on January 7th, 2013 at 10:04 AM

This is getting rather routine, but Michigan players have earned more Big Ten weekly awards:

Trey Burke has been named Big Ten Player of the Week.Glenn Robinson III is this week's Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) January 7, 2013

According to the Big Ten release, Michigan players have captured 8 of 18 awards so far this season:

2012-13 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 12    
P: Tim Hardaway Jr., Jr., MICH
F: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, IND
Nov. 19    
P: Deshaun Thomas, Jr., OSU
F: Gary Harris, MSU
Nov. 26    
P: Andre Hollins, So., MINN
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH
Dec. 3    
P: Andre Almeida, Sr., NEB
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH
Dec. 10    
P: Brandon Paul, Sr., ILL
F: Gary Harris, MSU
Dec. 17    
P: Trey Burke, So., MICH
F: Mike Gesell, IOWA
Dec. 24    
P: Derrick Nix, Sr., MSU
F: Mitch McGary, MICH
Dec. 31    
P: Tracy Abrams, So., ILL
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH
Jan. 7    
P: Trey Burke, So., MICH
F: Glenn Robinson III, MICH

Women's Hoops off to Best Start—Ever

Women's Hoops off to Best Start—Ever

Submitted by Raoul on January 7th, 2013 at 9:18 AM

As the men's basketball team approaches the program's best-ever start, the women's squad got to that point yesterday with an impressive road win over Iowa, 68-64 (highlights below). The team is now 13-2 overall—which is the program's best start through 15 games—and they're off to a 2-0 start in Big Ten play.

So kudos to the new coaching staff and obviously the players for what they've accomplished so far.

It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the season goes. The team didn't play a particularly tough nonconference schedule, and the first half of their Big Ten schedule looks much easier than the second half. So depending on how they do down the stretch, the team could end up anywhere from being on the NCAA bubble to securing a fairly lofty tourney seed. This seemed a bit on the high side to me, but ESPN's women's bracketologist had Michigan as a 5 seed heading into Big Ten play.

Will UM BB Surpass The 16-0 Record?

Will UM BB Surpass The 16-0 Record?

Submitted by MaizeMN on January 6th, 2013 at 2:14 PM

After a slow start the basketball team destroyed iowa. Will this team eclipse the 16-0 start established by the '85-'86 squad? In order to do so, they will have to beat tsio on the road.  To extend the record they then have to beat Minny on the road; daunting work, but I think these kids can pull it off; your thoughts?

 Next 3 games:

Wed., Jan. 9 vs. Nebraska * TV Crisler Center 7:00 p.m. ET
Sun., Jan. 13 at Ohio State * TV Columbus, Ohio 1:30 p.m. ET
Thu., Jan. 17 at Minnesota * TV Minneapolis, Minn. 6:00 p.m. CT


After Illinois/tsio today, who stands between M and a B1G title?

After Illinois/tsio today, who stands between M and a B1G title?

Submitted by MaizeMN on January 5th, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Illinois handled tsio quite easily. Who do you feel is the biggest challenge Michigan will face in the BIG this season? Most seem to think IU, but IMHO, the Illini or Minnesota may be the biggest roadblock.

Mod edit: Changed the title to make the contents more clear (the game thread is below). Also a friendly reminder that anything involving Big Ten teams or future opponents is not off topic. JGB.

Iowa Basketball - Preview

Iowa Basketball - Preview

Submitted by robbyt003 on January 5th, 2013 at 12:58 PM

ClearEyesFullHart, you do a much better job at this. 

They are 11-3 on the year and 0-1 in the Big Ten.  


vs Wichita State (13-1) on neutral court. 75-63

at Virginia Tech (9-4).                                 95-79

vs Indiana (13-1)                                         69-65

Key Wins

vs Iowa State (10-3)                                    80-71

vs N. Iowa (7-7) on neutral court.             80-73

Starting Five (based on Indiana game)

JR. G-F. Roy Devyn Marble. 15.6 ppg. 31.1 min/game (both team highs)

SO. F.    Aaron White. 13.7 ppg. 6.4 rpg (team high)

FR. C.   Adam Woodbury. 7-1. 235 lbs. 6.4 ppg. 5.4 rpg. .9 bpg.

FR. G.   Anthony Clemmons. 4.3 ppg. 3.9 apg (team high)

FR. G.    Mike Gesell. 9.6 ppg. 3.3 apg

Marble and Clemmons are both from Michigan. 

Other Key Players

JR. F.   Zach McCabe.  5.6 ppg. 4.0 rpg

JR. F.  Melsahn Basabe.  6.6 pph. 4.1 rpg.  His minutes have dwindled throughout the year.  

Key Stats

They're not a good 3 point shooting team, shooting 31% on the year.  

2nd in the conference in blocks, 3rd in rebounds. 

They turn the ball over the 3rd most in the conference, 13.7 per game.  

They're middle of the pack as far as FG%, 44%. 

What I make out of all of this

They aren't the best shooters, but they get a lot of rebounds, and thus they're 4th in the BIG in scoring.  They are a pretty young team, like us, but they don't take care of the ball as well as we do.  The matchup to keep an eye on is Woodbury vs Morgan.  

Prediction: Michigan 78 - Iowa 62



Basketball Uniforms(z?) watch for Sunday against iowa

Basketball Uniforms(z?) watch for Sunday against iowa

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on January 4th, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I remember a thread on here from October that Michigan could wear a 4th uniform for B1G play per Brent Yarnia. Being that Sunday is Michigan's first B1G home game, I assume if that is true it would be worn.

Thread: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/new-b1g-jersey-apparently-basketball

Speculation? Check. 

Impressions from last night in Evanston

Impressions from last night in Evanston

Submitted by JeepinBen on January 4th, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I was one of the many (thousands?) who donned some maize and blue and took over Northwestern's "Arena" last night, and it was the first time I've seen this team in person, and it's slow on the board, so here are my thoughts:

  • We're really good at basketball. It seemed like we weren't even quite hitting on all cylinders, but even with a couple of misfires we put up 94 points.
  • Trey Burke loves being faster than everyone. It's not every day you can beat a guy who is a foot taller than you for a layup.
  • Timmy found his stroke. Ankle? What ankle? His bad decisions have been cut immensly. And even when he took a ball to the rim that didn't look like it was in the flow of the offense, he got to the line. He's matured a ton as a basketball player.
  • Mitch still isn't at 100% (might be healthy, but isn't quite in top game shape?). But when he gets there, watch out.
  • The refs were just bad - Morgan's tech seemed like BS, there were some touchy non-calls and calls... but again, we won by 28 so it's like, OK. (edited for early morning math error)
  • We need to practice Alley-Oops more. I mean, layup oops? Really? /picking all of the nits
  • All 5 starters were in double figures despite:
  • Stauskas is obviously a TERRIBLE shooter in the B1G /statistic'd
  • GR3 is going to be a matchup problem for a lot of 4s throughout B1G play.

Also, on the arena, etc:

  • Wow, if you thought old Crisler was bad, head to Welsh-Ryan. It's like the inside of yost with a higher rake and fewer endzone seats
  • They don't have many concession stands, and had no apparell store. They did bring in racks with T-shirts for sale though
  • They did have vendors throughout the crowd selling stuff. I don't remember seeing that at many college games
  • The scoreboard was like Yost's old one, an early 90's LED board that had about 10% of the lights burned out
  • Pat Fitzgerald thanked everyone during a break with their bowl tropy. I didn't realize they won 10 games. Way to go Northwestern
  • Also, Pat is totally a meathead linebacker

Anybody else make the trip? How maize was the crowd on TV?