John Beilein discussed Michigan’s upcoming game against Penn State while looking back at the non-conference slate and ahead to Big Ten play. The most notable update was that Jon Horford has a stress fracture in his foot and is out for at least one or two more weeks. You can watch Beilein’s press conference in the media player below or read the quotes after the jump.

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Video & Quotes: Zack Novak Previews Penn State

Zack Novak met with the media this morning before film to discuss Michigan’s upcoming Big Ten opener against Penn State. Novak discussed last year’s slow start, the team’s performance to date and much more. Watch the interview in the embedded media player below or find a full transcript after the jump.

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Pre-Conference Grades: Player by Player

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As Michigan prepares to begin conference play, here are player-by-player observations and grades based on Michigan’s first 12 games.

Tim Hardaway Jr.
Grade:
B+
This grading scale is far from scientific and accounts for the weight of expectations. Hardaway is Michigan’s leading scorer and has been more efficient than a year ago while using a larger portion of Michigan possessions. He’s creating more opportunities for others and has improved his two point shooting percentage by 10% while attempting more twos than a year ago. Why the B+? He’s still attempting almost six threes per game and is connecting at just a 33% clip. He’s disappeared for long stretches of games but the three point shot is what will allow him to be a game changer in Big Ten games.

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Scouting Video: Glenn Robinson III vs. Portage

Glenn Robinson III had 15 points in an easy 43 point win over Portage last week. Most of his damage, including a monster dunk in transition, was done in the early stages of the game. UM Hoops was in attendance and you can watch Robinson’s performance in the media player below:

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Scouting & Video: Tyler Wideman vs. Portage

Class of 2014 Lake Central prospect Tyler Wideman is already garnering high major interest. The big man already holds an offer from Purdue and is drawing interest from most of the Big Ten, including Michigan. Wideman attended Michigan’s College Practice Camp over the summer and has played well this summer along 2012 Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III. Watch Wideman in action in the media player below versus Portage and find scouting notes after the jump.

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Non-Conference Wrap: Big Ten Team Capsules

osux-large[1]This was supposed to be a down year for the Big Ten. Many of the stars from the 2010-11 Big Ten campaign moved on and the season was setting up to be an Ohio State versus everyone else affair. The Buckeyes are still the class of the league but the middle group of teams that featured more preseason question marks than sure things has clearly surpassed expectations throughout non-conference play.

All objective metrics – Ken Pomeroy, Sagarin and RPI to name a few – rank the Big Ten as the nation’s best conference by a fairly wide margin. The Big Ten won its third consecutive Big Ten-ACC Challenge (8-4), features five top 25 teams and eight teams listed by Joe Lunardi as likely NCAA tournament squads.

Big Ten play tips off tonight and things begin to get interesting. Here’s a team-by-team look at the league to date including major question marks and storylines that could affect the conference this season.

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