Bartelstein eBook Registration & Titling Contest

Bartelstein eBook Registration & Titling Contest

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 25th, 2013 at 8:40 AM

You now can register to be notified when Josh Bartelstein's ebook on the road to the Final Four is available for download. 

Check it out, official book release info

— Josh Bartelstein (@Jbart20) August 24, 2013

Also, Zach Novak is conducting a contest to title the book. 

TWITTER CONTEST-Tweet #BartelsteinBlogEbook and your book title suggestion. The book has firsthand Final 4 content. Winner gets a free copy!

— Zack Novak (@novak3159) August 23, 2013

A very Serious Michigan Basketball Interview

A very Serious Michigan Basketball Interview

Submitted by Wolvercane on January 18th, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I am on here daily (hourly is more like it) and I never seen it posted, I apologized in advanced if it is since this video has been on youtube since 1/8. 

Either way though, this interview with Novak, Burke, Morgan, and THJ is too funny not to share:


p.s. THJ, why so serious?

Michigan Basketball Awards Ceremony

Michigan Basketball Awards Ceremony

Submitted by MGoBender on April 12th, 2011 at 10:25 AM


2011 Michigan Basketball Banquet Awards

Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award: Darius Morris
Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award: Jordan Morgan
Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Stu Douglass
Steve Grote Hustle Award: Zack Novak
Thad Garner Leadership Award: Zack Novak
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award: Stu Douglass
Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement: Zack Novak
Gary Grant Award for Most Assists: Darius Morris
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: Zack Novak
Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting: Zack Novak
Sixth Man Award: Evan Smotrycz
Iron Man Award: Zack Novak
Charge Award: Zack Novak


Nothing too surprising.  I'm glad Stu was recognized for his defense - I feel so many people overlook that part of his game.  He's a pretty good off-the-ball defender.

I also love that we have a "Charge Award."  I'm sure Sparty loathes that.

Michigan Basketball is back! Here's how we overachieve.

Michigan Basketball is back! Here's how we overachieve.

Submitted by Nick on November 4th, 2010 at 9:47 PM


Defensive sets:  Ive heard we could return to a lot of 1-3-1 in part because Manny wasn't disciplined enough to play it last year.  This years teams has less talent but maybe more length so they could play it decently by staying disciplined in their zone and knowing scouting reports (trap bad ball handlers, pinch zones towards shooters).  With the lack of a veteran shot creator on offense,  we will need to get fast break and secondary break ( trailing 3's in transition) opportunities.

Developing Skill sets:  It's no secret that many of Michigan's players are 1 dimensional offensively.  Can Stu and Novak develop any sort of in between game?  Last year opponents closed out hard and chased M's shooters off the 3pt line with impunity b/c they knew guys besides Manny couldn't finish off the dribble. Novak, in particular, was hesitant when he got into the teeth of the D and often just passed the ball out to a covered guy.  These two aren't athletic/big enough to finish inside off shot-fake attacks so any sort of pull-up J/floater game would go a LONG way to increasing our offensive efficiency.

Toughness:  I want Stu and Novak, when they get the chance, to throw their bodies into guys inside, shielding the ball and avoiding the shot block.  Finishing in traffic without trying to draw contact in unwise given their limitations, but they can improve their ability to draw fouls.

Shooting: This one is obvious.  The team will go nowhere without 33-35%+ 3 point shooting.  Confidence seemed to be an issue last year and it became a team-wide psychological thing.  Without Manny drawing defensive attention, 3-point looks will be less open and we will need to be able to convert with a hand in the face.  Bob Knight always said that 'good shooting is the great eqaulizer and erases a lot of mistakes'.

Tim Hardaway/Darius Morris:  Can they replicate some of what we lose with Harris.  This team will struggle to generate looks late in the shot clock.  Hopefully their jumpers are to the point that teams won't sag off them.  I'm more worried about Morris in this regard.  Last year teams left him wide open and clogged the paint ala how teams play Rondo in the pros.  If Darius can keep them honest, his penetrating abilities become increasingly valuable.  Darius' elite court vision is largely wasted in the half court with no passing lanes.

Rebounding:  When going to zone, whether it be 2-3 or 1-3-1 our guys need to do a better job of turning and finding the closest man to block out.  Block out responsibilities get mixed up a lot in zone and our guys need the mindset that the defensive possession isn't over until the rebound is secured.

Motion offense:  We need to avoid the 'going through the motions' lackadaisical periods of offense.  This means quick ball reversals, attention to detail in setting screens and tight curl action from our wings to actually make use of the screens.  Beilein will put them in position to make plays depending on how soft the D is playing, but last year the team often ran the sets slowly, passed up shots and deferred to Harris and Sims.  Minus those guys, execution is at a premium and our guys CANNOT pass up decent looks.  This team needs to play up tempo.  Beilein has stressed this in his quotes so far.

Breakout freshman:  College basketball is a sport where teams can improve instantly through recruiting.  If Smotrycz or more likely Hardaway flashes star potential this year it would be huge for recruiting in the future and for this years team.  A dynamic presence (even a young one) on offense can get us out of a stagnant sets.  A good NIT run and mid-pack Big Ten finish isn't out of the question with a Manny-like freshman year from Tim Hardaway Jr.  Without any instant impact guy, Michigan with likely do about what they're expected to.

Overall, the team is young, largely unphysical, but has some talent.  There will be frustrating turnovers and nights wheres balls don't bounce our way (both rebounds and shots). Most of all though, effort needs to be 100%.  The team is young and some breakdwons can be tolerated, but not slackin' it out there.  Above are some of the issues with our team that i've seen and what we can do to fix them (admittedly easier said than done).

Josh Bartelstein Dishes on Zack Nooo-vak!!!!

Josh Bartelstein Dishes on Zack Nooo-vak!!!!

Submitted by MGoShoe on October 18th, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Sophomore guard Josh Bartelstein is the latest Michigan player to have a regular feature on  His "The Bartelstein Blog" just got going with today's entry. 

In it, he talks about the first few days of fall practice:

Coach B wants to set a tone for the season and so far I'd say he has done a pretty good job because all you have to do is walk in our lockerroom and see everyone sitting in the cold tub. When Tim (Hardaway) is sitting in 50-degree water, you know we are working hard. Tim really does not like cold water and getting him in there is like getting a little kid to get their first haircut: a lot of moaning and screaming. We have been doing a lot of defensive drill like shell drills, getting through screens and transition defense so that we can set up our offense. We really want to run this year, and the only way you can run is by getting stops.

And talks a lot about Zach Novack:

So far one of the most impressive players in practice has been Zack (Novak). It is not because of the hustle everyone loves, or how good of a rebounder he is even though he is 6-3. By the way he is 6-3, not 6-5 and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Zack worked extremely hard this summer to become a complete basketball player. Last year, Zack was someone who could knock down shots but really could not create off the dribble at all.  I remember telling Zack after the season he needed to spend all summer working on his ball handling. He can shoot it with the best of them and really is a freak athlete -- look at last year's dunk contest -- but he was not as skilled as he could be. Well, he is as skilled as anyone on our team now. He spent tireless hours in the gym dribbling through cones and shooting pull-up jumpers in the offseason. Zack can create not only for himself in practice, but also for others, which is what we need for him to do.

Oh, and apparently Novak was a PK for his high school football team.


According to Novak, he can consistently kick 50-yard field goals with ease, which is better than a lot of NFL and college kickers. This all started in Amsterdam when Zack just blurted out he could play both basketball and football at Michigan.  No one on our team believed him, even Tim who will believe anything called him out, but Zack guaranteed it. I suggested we have a contest in between quarters at the Big House but Zack will not agree to that. The only issue with Zack kicking is that he cannot kick extra points or anything close. Apparently, one of his first extra points in high school he kicked right into the line. The long snapper fell over in pain and missed the rest of the game. So I guess we could use Zack just for the deep field goals because we do not need any more injuries to our linemen.

So apparently Tim Hardaway, Jr hates the cold tub (who can blame him) and is quite gullible while Zack Novak is 6-3 (shocking), is now as skilled a ball handler as anyone on the team (really now), and just might be the answer to the football team's kicking woes (but since he can't play both sports, we'll never know). 

Also, it appears Coach Beilein decided to use that European trip as a test case for an aggressive defense and an offense that pushes the ball up the court for shots that don't take 35 seconds to create.  This is definitely going to be an interesting season.

Continue to watch for 'The Bartelstein Blog" for other MBB insights and if you have a question for Josh, submit it at [email protected].

MGoShirt Idea (Of the B-Ball Variety)

MGoShirt Idea (Of the B-Ball Variety)

Submitted by BrayBray1 on January 23rd, 2010 at 12:07 PM

So, I was watching American Pie the other day on DVD, and at the part where Chris Klein was trying to score with that chick, he delivers the line, "My friends call me Nova, as in Casanova." And I thought it would be sweet to have a shirt with Zach on it that says, "My friends call me Nova." Thoughts?