Wolverines to Host Iowa State Next Season

imageMichigan has added another non-conference game to it’s 2011-12 basketball schedule, a home game versus Iowa State. The game is the first leg of a home and home series with the return trip scheduled for 2013.

The Iowa State series should be intriguing as there are some notable ties back to the state of Michigan. Former Michigan State players Chris Allen (eligible this season) and Korie Lucious (not eligible this season) both transfered to Iowa State while Detroit Southeastern big man, and former Michigan recruiting target, Percy Gibson switched his commitment to the Cyclones.

The game might not pack the punch of a truly marquee home game like we’ve seen in recent past – Georgetown, Connecticut and Kansas – but it’s also the kind of game that helps create a balanced strong schedule. It will be interesting to see how Michigan finalizes the non-conference slate. Michigan could add a bigger name to the schedule, but there will also be some guarantee games (we’ve heard Alabama St. is a likely possibility for a low-major opponent).

Michigan will play in the Maui Invitational, a field which includes Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee, UCLA and Chaminade. The Wolverines will also host Towson and Bradley while traveling to Virginia (Big Ten-ACC Challenge) and Oakland (at the Palace).

All notes on next year’s schedule are maintained here.

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Introducing UM Hoops Mobile

photoThe off-season is a great time to make improvements, big and small, to the site to help improve your experience. (We’re also able to use your generous end-of-season donations to add new features.) A couple weeks ago we revamped the commenting system, upgrading to a Disqus system that has received strong positive feedback thus far. Next up is an upgrade to the mobile version of the site.

The look is clean and simple but still allows you to do almost everything you would do from a web browser. All of the most recent posts are easily accessible and you can access the menu to browse through static content, tags and categories. You can post and read comments with a mobile optimized view and also watch all of our videos with the push of a button. We are aware of one feature that’s not working at this point, the recruiting profiles, but we’re actively investigating a solution.

We will continue to make tweaks to the new look but are also looking for your feedback. Fire up your smartphone, give the new mobile look a try and share your thoughts in the comments.

Video: Mark Donnal at Indiana State AAU Tournament

Michigan is recruiting Ohio big man Mark Donnal as hard as anyone in the country and the 6-foot-9 sophomore has opened some eyes this spring.

Joe Eberhardt was on hand at the Indiana State AAU Tournament and had the opportunity to see Donnal in extended action. He passed along this video, with a scouting report after the jump.

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Regents Approve Crisler Arena Makeover

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The University of Michigan Regents approved the schematic designs of the $52 million makover to Crisler Arena. The overhaul will include new fan entrances, additional retail and ticketing spaces as well as a private club space.

The Basketball Player Development Center is currently under construction and is expected to be completed later this year. The first phase of Crisler Arena renovations was previously approved for $20 million and will focus on infrastructure improvements. New scoreboards are also being installed in Crisler Arena this summer. The entire project is expected to be completed by the winter of 2014.

Full release and more photos after the jump

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