Showing posts with label Michigan Basketball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michigan Basketball. Show all posts

Caris LeVert Returning for Junior Season at Michigan

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Caris LeVert has announced that he will be returning for his junior season at the University of Michigan. LeVert told that he is, "100 percent" returning to the university, and that should have Michigan fans excited.

LeVert had an impressive sophomore season after being nearly a non-factor in the 2013 campaign, his freshman year. He averaged just short of 13 points per game (12.9ppg) in a season that few expected.

Mitch McGary's NBA Draft Decision The Toughest To Make

Now that Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III have made it official in taking their talents to the NBA, the Michigan Wolverines are waiting to see what sophomore big man Mitch McGary decides to do, and he has a much more difficult one to make than his teammates did.

Michigan Basketball: An Early Look At The Post-Stauskas and Robinson Era

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Michigan basketball's duo of sophomore basketball stars, guard Nik Stauskas and forward Glenn Robinson III, made it official on Tuesday afternoon when they announced that they will forego their final two seasons of eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Whether fans are on board with their decisions or not, they are final and the Wolverines will be moving forward with the talented roster that they still boast, regardless of if big man Mitch McGary decides to return or not, which I personally believe he will.

Since we all like to play the "looking ahead to next season" game, let's take a look at the projected lineup that coach John Beilein will throw out there for the 2014-15 season.

Glenn Robinson III: Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

Monday, April 14, 2014

With the news of Glenn Robinson III reportedly hiring an agent and entering the NBA Draft, now is as good a time as ever to kick-off our latest content series, "Should He Stay or Should He Go?"

Robinson is currently rated as a late first round pick, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. Depending on what he shows at the combine, he could either jump up into lottery contention or fall into the depths of the second round.

Aside from combine performance, let's take a look at what we've seen from Robinson on film over the last two seasons.

Nik Stauskas, The Choice Is Yours

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Let's play a game, shall we? For the sake of argument, and because I just like to play Devil's Advoate, let's weigh Nik Stauskas's options for him as the deadline to enter the NBA Draft draws closer and closer. Stauskas has a lot to offer for both sides of this argument, and I wouldn't be shocked by either choice he makes. 

First, let's see the pros for staying another year at the University of Michigan

• Stauskas has made a name for himself in the Crisler Center after some remarkable achievements this season, so he could look to add to his résumé next year. 

• Stauskas and company, over the last two seasons, has made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament and has never been knocked out before the Elite Eight, so big time games seem to follow him. Could he try and go for his second National Championship berth in 3 seasons? 

• A National Championship is something Michigan hasn't had since 1989, but have been to the game recently (2013 runner-up.) Stauskas knows that if he stays, and so do Michigan's other elite players such as Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, he has a shot to compete for another one. 

• Building on his draft stock by having another season like he had in 2014, could bump him into the Top 5 conversation, and prove this season was no fluke. He's developed a lot over the course of one offseason, and if he duplicates his work ethic this offseason, he can be better than he already is. 

Now, after looking over the postives Stauskas has by coming back to school, let's check out the negatives. 

• Although Stauskas had a very good season, more than likely he won't have his draft stock this high again in his collegiate career. He took the league by storm, much like former teammate — and current Utah Jazz PG Trey Burke — and led his team to an outright Big Ten Championship in a season that was supposed to be a down year. He could make the case to an NBA executive looking to draft him that he could do the same for their franchise. 

• Getting paid top dollar for your performance is something everyone wants, and I'm sure Stauskas is no different. He could be making millions in the NBA before he could legally have a beer to celebrate a win, so it could be hard to pass up the cash, regardless if it's American or Canadian currency. If he stays in Ann Arbor, he is essentially losing money. Money isn't everything, but it is hard to deny that kind of money. 

• Returning to college would be risky for Stauskas. He could literally look on his bench for the reason why. McGary was a force in the NCAA Tournament before he returned to school, and he ended up only playing eight (8) games for Michigan before being shut down for the season with a back injury. Stauskas has proved to be durable, but he is not impervious to injury. 

Stauskas has a lot to think about, especially if his teammates decide to return too. I don't think he should base his decision soley on the other men returning, but I do think it plays a key factor. Having a starting lineup of Caris LeVert, Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, and Derrick Walton JR. would make it hard for any team to beat them, so it is enticing. The floor is all Stauskas's right now, and I'm sure all eyes are on him right now. We'll see soon how it pans out, and how it impacts the Wolverines whenever it happens. 

The Impact of Jon Horford's Departure

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Many were surprised with the news from earlier this afternoon that Michigan basketball's senior big man Jon Horford would be transferring schools for his final year of eligibility, but when you consider what his body language and performance was like down the stretch this season, it does not come as much of a surprise.

His departure from the program does have a huge impact, though, as he was expected to be a key contributor in the rotation of post players next season. 

Jon Horford Transfers From Michigan

Michigan Wolverines head basketball coach John Beilein announced Thursday afternoon that senior big man Jon Horford will be transferring from the university for his final season of eligibility.

Michigan Basketball Will Take European Road Trip This Summer

Monday, April 7, 2014

The 2014-15 Michigan Wolverines basketball team will get to prepare for their season in a unique way this summer, as the team will head to Europe for ten days in August, per head coach John Beilein on the Inside Michigan Basketball television program.

Wolverines' Stars Have Decisions To Make After Elite Eight Loss

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

With a heartbreaking loss to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite Eight on Sunday afternoon, many of the key sophomores on this year's Michigan Wolverines basketball team have decisions to make on their futures as players.

Shooting guard Nik Stauskas, small forward Glenn Robinson III, and power forward Mitch McGary are the three names everyone will be keeping an eye on in the next few weeks or so. All three are being talked about as possibly making the leap from college to the NBA Draft, but it is also possible that John Beilein and the coaching staff can convince these guys to stick around and finish what they started this year.

The Big House Report Podcast: March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

This week, we talk to former Michigan basketball player Anthony Wright about the end of the season for this year's Wolverines hoops squad and his take on the place of labor unions in college athletics.

You can listen to the latest episode here or on the YouTube link after the jump.

Michigan's Loss is Incredibly Encouraging

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The University of Michigan Wolverines suffered a devastating loss against the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday night, but while there is a feeling of sadness, and maybe even disappointment, there are some things that leave a fan encouraged.

First off, Michigan was in a game with an elite team, regardless of age, for the game's entirety and played well. If there was a game to show up for, this was the one. Their players rose to the occasion and answered a lot of questions in the loss, and were not embarrassed on national television, which is always a plus. It proved that Michigan could play with anyone in the country, if that was not already clear. Coach John Beilien had his men ready, and showed that Michigan  deserved a place amongst the Nation's elite, even in a loss.

Jordan Morgan Tribute: Top Five Moments of 2013-14

Jordan Morgan was the glue to the Michigan Wolverines basketball team this NCAA Tournament run, and it really wasn't close. I feel like he's all I've wrote about lately, but it is deserving. He was the main rebounder, defensive presence and a leader on and off the court. It goes without saying that Morgan had a lot to do with the success of the Wolverines and their run in the tournament.

I've listed the top five memorable moments of the season for Morgan, and you can take a look after the jump.

One Year Ago Today: The Shot That Defined Trey Burke's Career

Saturday, March 29, 2014

One year ago today, we were given one of the greatest moments in college basketball history when the Michigan Wolverine's National Player of the Year Trey Burke hit one of the biggest shots in school history.

Jordan Morgan Bails Out Michigan in Sweet 16

Has there been any player more important for this team than Jordan Morgan? I'll go out on a limb and emphatically say, "No."

The Michigan Wolverines need a player like Morgan, he anchors down the defensive end, and also is the main contributor to Michigan's rebounding production. He did a great job boxing out  Tennessee's Jarnell Stoke and Jerronne Maymon on Friday night in the Sweet Sixteen, and nearly out-rebounded both of them. He finished with 7 rebounds; Stokes and Maymon finished with 9 combined. That should tell you the impact he is having during this postseason run, and how important he truly is for Michigan.

Michigan Basketball: Keys To A Win Over Tennessee

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Michigan Wolverines are in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and find themselves in possibly their toughest match-up of the tournament so far as they take on the 11-seeded Tennessee Volunteers.

Tennessee is similar to Texas in that they are a team predicated in their bigs and what they can create down low. Michigan will have their hands full on Friday night, and you can check out our keys to victory after the jump.

Nik Stauskas Named to the NABC All-American Team

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

According to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Wolverine Guard, Nik Stauskas has been named to the 2014 NABC All-American Team earlier this morning.

Stauskas has had a season to remember as far as Michigan basketball is concerned, leading his team to an outright Big Ten Championship. He was also apart of the team that went to Indianapolis and eventually got to the final game of the Big Ten Tournament, eventually losing to in-state rival, Michigan State. 

TBHR Podcast 3/24/14: Sweet Sixteen Wolverines and Garrett Taylor's Comittment

Monday, March 24, 2014

In this week's episode, we talk to our very own David Mormino about the Michigan Basketball program being in the Sweet Sixteen and the NCAA Tournament picture overall.

Also, we talk to Maize N Brew's Joshua Henschke about the commitment of 2015 cornerback Garrett Taylor and where the Wolverines go next with that recruiting class, along with his recent article on the basketball team featured in the Detroit Free Press.

You can listen to the show here.

Michigan Proves Last Year Was No Fluke in Second Straight Sweet Sixteen Berth

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Michigan Wolverines have won two games in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, taking down both the Wofford Terriers and Texas Longhorns rather convincingly.

Few are better than John Beilein, who won his 700th career game on Saturday, in making adjustments, especially on only one day of preparation.

Michigan Basketball: Winning the Wolverine Way

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Coach John Beilein preaches, take care of the basketball, limit your fouls, pass the ball and that is exactly how the Michigan Wolverines have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.  Both Wofford Terriers and the Texas Longhorns found out the hard way what it means to win, as printed on their tournament shirts, the Wolverine way. 

In the second round Michigan was too much for Wofford and won 57-40. Michigan shot over 40% from all over the court, and beat them in almost every line on the stat sheet.  The Wolverines did have two more turnovers than their season average of 9 but the defense stepped up to hold their opponent to 40 points. Michigan only committed 2 fouls. They were led in scoring by Nik Stauskas with 15 and Glenn Robinson III with 14. Who's next?  That would be Texas.

Michigan Basketball: Keys to Victory Against Texas In Round of 32

With a double-digit victory over the 15th seeded Wofford Terriers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Michigan Wolverines will take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday evening in Milwaukee.

Michigan played a good game in their win over Wofford, but many expected it to be flashier than it was. Flashy doesn't advance in March. Getting the job done, however, does. That's what the Wolverines did and now they face a Longhorns team that is coming off of an impressive 87-85 victory over Arizona State at the buzzer.

John Beilein and company have their work cut out for them. Check out our keys to victory after the jump.

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