- Magic Eight: Kentucky, New Mexico among possible national champion
Luke Winn likes the Wolverines as a dark horse Final Four team and here’s why: “The Wolverines are 21-7 and outside the top 10 of the polls, despite having a few big wins on their resume. Remember which team, on the same week last season, was 20-7 and just outside the top 10, despite having a few big wins on its resume? The answer is UConn. (The Eight Ball does have better reasons for picking Michigan, namely that the Wolverines have been playing solid, turnover-creating, low-fouling defense in Big Ten games, and that a late-season surge from Tim Hardaway Jr. could take their offense from good to elite.)”
- The 3-point line is a lottery
This is just great stuff from Ken Pomeroy who concludes: “When evenly-matched teams get together, action happening beyond the 3-point line is like a lottery. You take a shot and a third of the time you have success.” Obviously this debate is very relevant to Michigan because John Beilein loves to play the lottery more than just about every other Division I coach.
- Made in the NCAA
4,000 words from John Gasaway on the RPI.
- Freshman of the Year: Who’s the most valuable?
Burke is up to No. 3, behind Anthony Davis and Cody Zeller. Nick Baumgardner points out that Burke is the only former 3-star prospect on the list.
- Recruiting And Player Development, 2012 Edition
Dan Hanner crunches numbers to evaluate recruiting and talent development in a yearly feature and Michigan’s coach does quite well. Beilein ranks 14th in recruiting, 8th in development for a fifth overall ranking.
- Novak, Douglass Spark Wolverine Program Turnaround
Great MGoBlue profile on Douglass and Novak’s influence on the program
- Novak Named to Academic All-America Third Team
Just another feather in the cap for Novak.
- Inside Look at the Bartelstein’s Blog
Bartelstein with the video blog
Thursday Links: Novak All-Academic, Final Four, three point shooting, more