Spike-2The Big Ten announced time and television information for the remainder of the conference games that will be broadcast by CBS or ESPN’s family of networks.

Two of Michigan’s 18 conference games will be broadcast by CBS with nine additional games picked up by an ESPN station. CBS will broadcast Michigan’s road games at Michigan State (Feb. 1) and Indiana (Feb. 8) while the February 22nd home game against Ohio State is a potential wild card game.

Time and television information has now been announced for Michigan’s entire schedule for the 2014-15 season and can be found here. In total, Michigan will play 14 games on the ESPN family of networks (with two additional games streamed online by ESPN3) and two games on CBS.

Big Ten’s Best Post-Up Scorers

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Welcome to Big Ten’s Best, a look at some of the Big Ten’s specialists returning for the 2014-15 season. Today we break down the best post-up players in the conference. (Previously: Best pick-and-roll players)  These lists are based on last year’s numbers, but involve some prognostication as well.

1. Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)

Percent of Offense: 24.6%
Points Per Post-up: 1.167

Frank Kaminsky is arguably the best returning player in the conference. He’s not just a post player by any means – only a quarter of his offensive possessions are post-ups, a smaller percentage than many other players on this list – but he still had more post-ups last season than all but two returning players in the conference.

He also sets a new standard for efficiency with his back to the basket. (A fact that Michigan fans don’t need to be reminded of.) Kaminsky was more efficient than some of the league’s best last season – including Adreian Payne (1.055 points per post-up) – and he’s pushing for 1.2 points per post-up while other league players struggle to top 1.00. Kaminsky was ranked No. 1 on our Big Ten Top 25 Players list and his ability to score on the low block is a major reason why.

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Introducing Alejandro Zúñiga

We’re excited to announce that we’ve hired our new beat writer, Alejandro Zúñiga, for the upcoming season. Alejandro will be taking over all of the day-to-day duties that Joe served for the last two seasons here and we’re thrilled to have him on board. Make sure to follow him on Twitter and look for his coverage in the weeks and months to come. 

Hi everyone,

I’m so thrilled to join UM Hoops for the upcoming season. Over the years, I have watched this site grow and improve, and I’m excited to be part of the upcoming developments.

While I’ll be easing into the position here over the next few weeks, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.

I’m a senior at Michigan majoring in anthropology, but since spring of my freshman year, my focus and passion has been sportswriting. That semester, I began working for The Michigan Daily, where I’m currently Co-Managing Sports Editor.

Before my junior year, I interned at USA Today Sports near Washington, D.C., writing primarily baseball and soccer. I returned to the area again this summer, joining the Orioles baseball beat at The Baltimore Sun. I also helped the Detroit Free Press’ football coverage as a freelancer last fall and have worked on the Daily’s softball and hockey beats. This semester, I’ll be covering the Michigan football team for the Daily. [click to continue…]

Recruiting: Where Things Stand

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Michigan’s coaching staff has been on the road for the last week, checking in on various class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 targets across the country. Michigan’s 2015 recruiting board has narrowed significantly, but the 2016 board remains full with seven outstanding scholarship offers and a commitment in hand. Here’s the latest on where things stand with Michigan’s recruiting.

Class of 2015

The commitment of Duncan Robinson changed Michigan’s recruiting focus in the class of 2015. Robinson is a transfer, but he’ll gain eligibility next season and his commitment caused the Wolverines to cool on 2015 guard Jalen Coleman, who is now down to a final three of Notre Dame, UNLV and Illinois. Other former offers, Jalen Brunson and Eric Davis, made recent commitments to Villanova and Texas respectively, which leaves one primary option in the class of 2015: PJ Dozier.

John Beilein will have an in-home visit with Dozier today, following up on LaVall Jordan’s in-home visit last week. Michigan will then host Dozier on his first official visit on September 26th for home football weekend against Minnesota. Dozier also has trips planned to North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgetown.

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Glenn Robinson III signs guaranteed contract with Minnesota Timberwolves

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Glenn Robinson III left Michigan after his sophomore year and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 40th pick in the NBA Draft. Being selected in the second round meant that Robinson wasn’t guaranteed a contract and with an NBA offseason filled with roster moves and trade, his status was up in the air until today.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Robinson signed a guaranteed contract with the Timberwolves and will join the team at the start of training camp.

Robinson averaged 7.7 points and three rebounds per game with the Timberwolves during the NBA Summer League. He’ll join a young Minnesota roster that features No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, first round pick Zach LaVine and last year’s No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.

Robinson will join Trey Burke, Jamal Crawford, Mitch McGary, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas as former Wolverines that are currently active on NBA rosters.

Mid-range game critical to evolution of Caris LeVert

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Everybody hates the mid-range jumper.

Iowa State has nearly eliminated it from its offense. Daryl Morey has tried to do something similar in the NBA D-League with Rio Grande Valley.

John Gasaway recently tweeted that “’developing a mid-range game’ is like hitting well from the rough. Need to do it sometimes, but the best solution is don’t go there.”

But while everyone wants to exterminate the mid-range jumper, I’m here to tell you that it might be the most important area for Caris LeVert to improve his game this season.

Expectations couldn’t be higher for LeVert entering his junior season. Two summers ago he was a 6-foot-5, 170 pound guard without a home after former Ohio head coach John Groce took the head coaching job at Illinois. Now he’s a 6-foot-7, 200 pound NBA prospect ready to lead Michigan’s offense.

Being the focal point of John Beilein’s offense comes with plenty of responsibility, but it has also been a fast-track to the NBA. Over the last four seasons, Michigan’s No. 1 and No. 2 offensive options – Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III — have all heard their names on draft night before their eligibility expired. LeVert appears to have next up.

For all of LeVert’s achievement as a sophomore, he still has a few holes in his game. He needs to continue to add weight, distribute in the half-court and will have an increased rebounding burden in 2015, but the mid-range is his biggest weak spot. 111 of LeVert’s 369 field goal attempts last season were outside of five feet, but inside the three-point line and he made just 29.7% of those attempts.

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