Thursday Links: Novak All-Academic, Final Four, three point shooting, more

Dylan Burkhardt
ESPN College Gameday visits Crisler Center prior to the the University of Michigan basketball game against Ohio State at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., on February 18, 2012.
  • 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
  • rlcBlue

    Congratulations to Zack! Really impressive accomplishment.

    Was going to post an update on seeding for the BTT, but I think I no longer care what seed we get as long as we don’t have to see Matt Gatens. The guy is totally unconscious now.

  • Geemo48

    Freshman of the Year should be Davis, Burke, Gilchrist, Rivers and then Zeller. Cody Zeller hasn’t impressed me at all. Every game I have seen him play in I’ve seen him be soft and ineffective. He hasn’t played good since the first two months of the season.