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Burning questions facing Big Ten teams (Part 1)

Big Ten players and coaches took to Chicago last week to face the media for the first time this season and answer questions about expectations, offseason development and more. With the start of the season less than a month away, we ran through the conference to look at one major question facing all 14 teams.  Iowa: Can the Hawkeyes bounce back from last year’s disappointing...
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LeVert improving jumper, distribution as season approaches

Dustin Johnston The moment was emblematic of Michigan’s run to the Big Ten title last season. With the seconds ticking down in the first half of the Wolverines’ game against Michigan State on February 23rd, Caris LeVert caught a pass and immediately elevated for a three from his sweet spot, the left corner. As the ball arced toward the hoop, the guard turned and began sprinting...
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2014-15 Player Preview: Zak Irvin

With the start of college basketball around the corner, we’re breaking down Michigan’s roster player-by-player. Previously: Spike Albrecht. (Photo: Dustin Johnston) Zak Irvin was Michigan’s sixth man last season, but he never had trouble making himself noticed on the floor. When Irvin checked into the game he was ready to do one thing: shoot, and then shoot some more. Irvin...
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How do you stop Michigan? ‘Hope they miss shots’

Dustin Johnston ROSEMONT, Ill. — If you like offense, you’ve enjoyed watching Michigan lately. The last two seasons, the Wolverines have led the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency, operating at such a high pace in 2013-14 that they finished with the best recorded mark in Ken Pomeroy’s history. Michigan returns plenty of talent from last year, including preseason All-Big...
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Five takeaways from Big Ten Media Day

Dustin Johnston ROSEMONT, Ill. — John Beilein, Caris LeVert, and Spike Albrecht were all in attendance to represent Michigan at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday morning. They were among the most popular groups at the event, fielding questions from reporters throughout the hour of availability. Though Wisconsin is the unanimous favorite to win the conference, coaches and players alike...
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Video & Quotes: Caris LeVert ready to lead Michigan

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Caris LeVert met with media on Thursday as part of Big Ten Media Day. The junior discussed his new role as Michigan’s key offensive player, what he learned from Nik Stauskas, and what motivates him to improve. Notes and quotes after the jump.  On being Michigan’s go-to player … “I have a much bigger leadership role. Last year, I was kind of a leader by...
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Michigan ranked 23rd in USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

Michigan will start the season ranked once again this year, but the defending Big Ten Champions aren’t nearly as highly regarded as they were in recent years. The Wolverines are ranked 23rd in USA Today’s Poll, behind four other conference foes, after starting the last two seasons ranked in the top ten. Wisconsin (No. 4), Michigan State (No. 18), Ohio State (20), Nebraska (21...
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Video & Quotes: John Beilein says rest of Big Ten ‘not far behind’ Wisconsin

ROSEMONT, Ill. — John Beilein met with media in Chicago on Thursday as part of Big Ten Media Day. The Michigan coach discussed the state of other programs in the conference, the difficulties of sustaining success, and whether the Wolverines’ offense flows through Caris LeVert. Notes and quotes after the jump.  On Wisconsin … “They’re just really solid. They don’t trick...
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Video & Quotes: Spike Albrecht discusses personal growth at Big Ten Media Day

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Spike Albrecht met with media in Chicago on Thursday as part of Big Ten Media Day. The junior guard discussed his surprising recruiting story, his improvements as a leader, and his expected role on the team during the upcoming season. Full notes and quotes after the jump. On Caris LeVert being named to the preseason All-Big Ten team … “We’re looking for...
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Video: John Beilein at Big Ten Media Day

John Beilein met with the media this morning in Chicago at the Big Ten’s annual Media Day. Beilein discussed Preseason All-Big Ten junior Caris LeVert and a number of other topics and issues facing the Wolverines for the upcoming season.. Watch Beilein’s press conference in the embedded media player below or read the transcript here. The post Video: John Beilein at Big Ten...
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Transcript: John Beilein at Big Ten Media Day

John Beilein was on the podium this morning in Chicago to preview Michigan’s upcoming season at the annual Big Ten Media Day. Beilein spoke about Caris LeVert, expectations, the desire to get back to the Final Four and Michigan’s Italy trip. JOHN BEILEIN:  Well, it is good to be here and get the season going again.  We’ve been practicing for a little bit, but October 15th...
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Caris LeVert named to Preseason All-Big Ten team

Dustin Johnston Michigan junior guard Caris Levert was selected to the Big Ten’s five-man preseason All-Big Ten squad this morning. LeVert averaged  12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as a sophomore and will be asked to shoulder more of the load during his junior year after the departures of Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Jordan Morgan. The 6-foot-7 junior...
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Big Ten writers pick Michigan to finish fifth

The Big Ten conference won’t release an entire preseason poll at Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day, opting instead to just unveil the league’s top three teams. However, Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, completed his annual poll of Big Ten writers (27, up to two per program) for the upcoming season. The league’s media voted Michigan to finish in fifth place, behind Wisconsin...
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2014-15 Player Preview: Spike Albrecht

With the start of college basketball around the corner, we’re breaking down Michigan’s roster player-by-player. Today, we start with Spike Albrecht. (Photo: Dustin Johnston) Last summer, Spike Albrecht spent the summer as something of a folk hero. He had exploded onto the national scene with his heroic 17 point performance in the championship game and he had asked Kate Upton...
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New-look Michigan roster is one of Beilein’s ‘most versatile’

Dustin Johnston Three years ago, Michigan won the Big Ten with a starting lineup that measured 6-1, 6-3, 6-5, 6-4 and 6-8. The Wolverines were one of the smallest teams in the country and while they certainly rebounded like it, they also found a way to win. Since then, John Beilein has been forced to overhaul his roster almost every season. The only players from that roster still...
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Notebook: Michigan assistants encouraged by early progress

When Michigan’s coaches spoke to the team’s centers about expectations for the upcoming season, one of them wasn’t particularly impressed. “Ricky Doyle, being a true freshman, said ‘Coach, that seems like a low expectation,’ ” assistant Bacari Alexander recalled on WTKA-AM (1050) on Wednesday morning. Alexander had told the trio of Doyle, redshirt freshman Mark Donnal...
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Zak Irvin capable of "same strides" as Caris LeVert

Dustin Johnston The name is Camp Sanderson, and the results are unquestionable. Spend a summer with Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson, and you’ll reap the benefits throughout the upcoming season. Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert did it last summer. Trey Burke made the leap before his sophomore season. Spend a summer in Camp Sanderson, and you’ll improve your...
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Video: Caris LeVert NBA Scouting Report

Mike Schmitz of Draft Express compiles some of the best video scouting reports in the business on a consistent basis. Schmitz put together a 12 minute breakdown of Michigan junior Caris LeVert, profiling how his game translates to the NBA level. Draft Express ranked LeVert as the No. 2 NBA prospect in the Big Ten and has him projected at No. 18 in the 2015 NBA Draft. The post Video...
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Michigan focused on young big men in early practices

Jordan Morgan was the constant during Michigan’s last four seasons of unprecedented success. The things that Morgan contributed were often overlooked. He made 70% of his layups, but his offensive game was limited elsewhere. He held the defense together with his rebounding and leadership, but those contributions rarely showed up on the stat sheet. The many NBA talents that he shared...
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Late additions could make early impact

Darius Morris wasn’t stepping back onto the court for Michigan in 2011-12. Trey Burke wasn’t coming back in 2013-14, and neither was Tim Hardaway Jr. Both times, the Wolverines plugged in new pieces and succeeded immediately. The list of departures this offseason is significantly more impactful than for any other John Beilein-coached Michigan team, but the Wolverines are hoping...
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Notebook: Beilein endorses Brandon, Hoke; expects improvements from point guards

At his first media roundtable of the year Thursday afternoon, John Beilein just wanted to discuss his team. But first, he issued an unsolicited vote of confidence for Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke, who have come under nationwide scrutiny for their handling of the concussion Shane Morris suffered in Saturday’s football game. “If my sons right now were high school football players...
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Video: Caris LeVert, Spike Albrecht and Zak Irvin talk off-season improvement

Michigan players met with the media this afternoon in Ann Arbor to preview the upcoming season. The Wolverines will start practice on Saturday Albrecht and Irvin after the jump. The post Video: Caris LeVert, Spike Albrecht and Zak Irvin talk off-season improvement appeared first on UM Hoops.com.
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Video: John Beilein ready to start of practice

John Beilein met with the media this afternoon to discuss the upcoming start of practice and the offseason that was. Beilein shared his thoughts on Athletic Director David Brandon, the incoming freshmen and who he’s expecting to step up this season. The post Video: John Beilein ready to start of practice appeared first on UM Hoops.com.
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Wednesday Bullets: Former Wolverines start NBA training camp

The NBA season has gotten underway with the start of training camp and various media day events across the league. Here’s a rundown of former Michigan players and their start to the 2014-15 season including several media day video interviews. Kevin Durant praised Mitch McGary and his enthusiasm: “He was on the other side of the court, screaming: ‘Good shot, Kev!’” Durant...
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Can Michigan overcome its youth?

Basketball season is around the corner and over the next several weeks we’ll rundown some of the biggest storylines facing the 2014-15 Michigan Wolverines. In this edition we look at Michigan’s youth and whether the Wolverines will struggle with another young roster.  (Photo: Michigan Basketball) Michigan is going to have one of the youngest rosters in the Big Ten once again...
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