After opening the year with a pair of snooze-worthy games, Michigan’s non-conference slate has actually been fairly robust. The Wolverines have faced their fair share of challenges through a month of basketball. Michigan has already played several games on the road or at neutral sites, played in marquee games versus Duke or Memphis and has played very few games against the dregs of Division I basketball. However, all good things must come to an end and Michigan is prepared to head into final exam season. The first tune up game of this stretch comes against Arkansas Pine Bluff, a team that’s logo might be more exciting than its statistical profile.
Though there is no media availability before Michigan takes on Arkansas Pine Bluff tomorrow, John Beilein took part in the season’s first Big Ten Teleconference this morning. Beilein noted that the starting lineup is “pretty solidified,” but he’s still searching for a rotation off the bench. Here’s notes and quotes of that and everything else the coach had to say.
First a couple newsworthy bits: Trey Burke was named Big Ten Freshman of the week for the second time this season.
Michigan is ranked No. 18 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll joining fellow Big Ten teams: Ohio State (3), Wisconsin (15), Illinois (19), Indiana (20) and Michigan State (23). The Wolverines held at the No. 20 slot in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Belein was pleased with a “quality” win over Oakland, now on to Pine Bluff and Alabama A&M as they continue to inch closer to the Big Ten season.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on December 12, 2011 at 10:55 am
High school basketball is rounding into full swing just before the holidays and we have compiled updates, videos and pictures of Michigan’s commitments and recruiting targets in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 classes. Find the latest on Mitch McGary (with video), Derrick Walton’s triple double, Mark Donnal’s 36 point performance, Nick Stauskas’s strong start, Michigan coaches watching a new 2014 target and much more after the jump. [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on December 12, 2011 at 8:30 am
2013 Michigan commitment Mark Donnal put together a monster performance against Bowling Green on Saturday. Donnal scored 36 points on just 15 shots and dominated the game for Anthony Wayne. Watch Donnal in action in the embedded media player below: