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2015-16 Michigan basketball schedule finalized with Big Ten announcement

Michigan’s 2015-16 basketball schedule was finalized today as the Big Ten formally announced the conference schedule. The Wolverines will open Big Ten play at Illinois on Wednesday, December 30th. Michigan will host back-to-back marquee home games in early February with Indiana (Feb. 2) and Michigan State (Feb. 8) traveling to Ann Arbor. Michigan will only play five teams twice...
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Report: Four-star point guard Bryce Aiken eyeing Michigan official visit

According to a report by ZagsBlog, Bryce Aiken has set most of his official visits including a tentative trip to Ann Arbor. Aiken will trip to Harvard on September 9th, Seton Hall on September 18th, Miami on September 23rd, Southern Cal on October 3rd and has tentatively scheduled a trip to Michigan on October 8th. “It is a big time school where I will be placed on a platform...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Inside the Offense: Early Hand Off

John Beilein was voted best offensive coach in the country by his peers in an anonymous poll by CBS Sports. In honor of Beilein’s offense, we enlisted the help of Gibson Pyper of HalfCourtHoops (@HalfCourtHoops) to break down some of Beilein’s most effective sets. Today we start with the early dribble hand off. This is a great set to examine because it shows how effective Michigan...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Best: Pick and Roll Guards

The Big Ten lost several of its best ball screen players from a year ago in D’Angelo Russell, the 2nd pick in the NBA draft, Terran Petteway, who recorded a shot or an assist on an astounding 14.5 pick and rolls per game, and one of our favorite players to watch, Penn State’s DJ Newbill. Despite the high profile losses, there are still several talented returning stars as well...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Offseason Storylines: Can Michigan’s big men step up?

Basketball season is a couple of months away and over the next few weeks we’ll run down some of the biggest storylines facing the 2015-16 Michigan Wolverines. In this edition, we discuss Michigan’s frontcourt and what’s next for Ricky Doyle, Mark Donnal, DJ Wilson and Mortiz Wagner. There’s no questioning the wealth of guard talent on Michigan’s roster. Caris LeVert is...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Michigan makes the cut for Brendan Bailey, Miles Bridges planning official

Four-star wing forward Brendan Bailey is down to five schools and Michigan made the cut. Bailey is a top 50 prospect in the class of 2016, but he plans on taking an LDS mission which would make him a member of the 2018 class. He’s down to Gonzaga, Marquette, Michigan, San Diego State and Utah. The one-time Arizona state commitment has taken three of his official visits — to UConn...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 5-1

With the official start of practice less than two months away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and final...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Four-star guard Kevin Huerter sets Michigan official visit

Four-star wing guard Kevin Huerter has set four official visits, according to a report by ZagsBlog.com. Huerter will trip to Michigan on the weekend of September 12th. He has also scheduled official visits to Villanova (August 30th), Maryland (September 4th) and Notre Dame (September 24th). Huerter is also considering Iowa, Indiana, Creighton and Davidson. Huerter is a 6-foot-5...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 10-6

With the official start of practice less than two months away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 15-11

With the official start of practice less than two months away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 20-16

With the official start of practice less than two months away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Open Thread: Who are your top 10 players in Michigan history?

The Sporting News released its list of top 10 players in Michigan basketball history with Cazzie Russell leading the pack. Cazzie Russell Glen Rice Rudy Tomjanovich Chris Webber Trey Burke Bill Buntin Jalen Rose Gary Grant Rickey Green Juwan Howard As the basketball season is still a couple months away, we figured it would be a good time to publish an open thread and start the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 25-21

With the official start of practice less than two months away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Video: Ibi Watson

Ibi Watson committed to Michigan last week and we took to the film to breakdown the latest Wolverine. We watched several games worth of footage of Watson playing with All-Ohio Red and compiled this scouting video. Watch the video in the embedded media player above or read some of our thoughts and comments below. Strengths Watson has a smooth jump shot off the catch which allows...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Battle 4 Atlantis bracket announced; Michigan to open against UConn

The bracket for the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis was officially announced on Thursday and Michigan will open against UConn. Should Michigan beat UConn, it will advance to play the winner of Syracuse-Charlotte. The other side of the bracket features Gonzaga (No. 11) and Texas A&M (No. 25), the two teams in the field that are ranked in ESPN’s latest preseason top 25. Battle 4 Atlantis...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Michigan offers five-star wing Miles Bridges

Five-star wing forward Miles Bridges visited Michigan on Monday and received a scholarship offer. News of the offer was first reported by Sam Webb. Bridges, ranked 16th in the class of 2016 according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, is coming off of a superb July on the AAU circuit. The 6-foot-6 wing’s stock is high and he’s down to five schools: Kentucky, Michigan State...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Aubrey Dawkins talks offseason development at Adidas Nations

GARDEN GROVE, CA – Aubrey Dawkins emerged out of nowhere as a freshman to average 9.7 points per game in Big Ten play. With one year under his belt the sophomore shooting guard can’t help but smile wide when he begins to think about the upcoming season. “Man, I’m excited for it,” said Dawkins. “Nothing is given to you so obviously you might look at it on paper, but it...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan announces 2015-16 non-conference schedule

Michigan formally announced its 2015-16 non-conference schedule this morning. The non-conference schedule is highlighted by a trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament which also features Gonzaga, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, UConn, Washington and Charlotte. The Wolverines will also host Xavier as part of the inaugural Gavitt Games and travel to face North Carolina...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag: Protected rivalries, recruiting, zone defense & more

The UM Hoops Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted (@umhoops), e-mailed or sent via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.  @DAngelo_Vickers: Would you like to see protected rivalries in league play? There’s no question that I would love Michigan to play Michigan State and Ohio State twice every year, but I also have a hard time...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Five takeaways from the July evaluation period

The July evaluation period is in the books and Michigan has already added a class of 2016 commitment. Here’s an overview of where things stand after the July evaluation period. 1. Ibi Watson earns his offer It wasn’t a well kept secret that Ibi Watson wanted a Michigan offer entering July and that the Wolverines weren’t going to give it away easy. The mutual interest was...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ibi Watson chooses his “dream school” in Michigan

Ibi Watson to U-M Video, Scouting & More Recruiting Profile Scholarships Ibi Watson is no stranger to Ann Arbor. The Pickerington Central wing guard has visited Michigan several times over the past two years for games, camps and other unofficials. The Wolverines’ best player, Caris LeVert, even went to his high school and he considers him a role model. But it wasn’t until...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rundown: Ibi Watson to Michigan

Michigan added a commitment from class of 2016 guard Ibi Watson this afternoon. Here’s everything you need to know about Michigan’s latest commitment. Backstory Ibi Watson has been on Michigan’s radar for quite a while now, but he really emerged this spring when he impressed at Michigan’s College Practice Camp and Team Camp in June. His strong play at the camps piqued Michigan’s...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Ohio guard Ibi Watson commits to Michigan

Michigan added a commitment from Pickerington Central guard Ibi Watson this afternoon. Watson tweeted news of the commitment. I'm extremely blessed and excited to announce that I'm officially committing to the University of Michigan!! #GoBlue #MichTape — Ibi Watson (@ibi_watson_2) July 28, 2015 Michigan coaches watched Watson consistently throughout the month of July and the...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Cassius Winston sets official visits

With the AAU season over, four-star point guard Cassius Winston has set his five official visits. First reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Winston will trip to Stanford on August 7th, Pittsburgh on August 30th, Harvard on September 4th, Michigan State on September 12th and Michigan on September 19th. Michigan will host UNLV on the Saturday of Winston’s visit for the second home...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Notebook: Glenn Robinson III signs three-year deal with Indiana Pacers

Glenn Robinson III has bounced around a bit since being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves last summer, but he’s found a new team in his home-state of Indiana. Robinson and the Indiana Pacers agreed to a three-year contract today, according to a report by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Robinson averaged 2.1 points per game in 35 games a rookie with both the Timberwolves and...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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