2011-12 Big Ten Position by Position: Bigs

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1. Jared Sullinger – Ohio State

MPG PPG RPG ORtg Usage eFG% OR% DR% Block% FT Rate
31.7 17.2 10.2 120.4 27.0 54.5 14.0 26.2 2.0 65.1

Upside: Sullinger dominated the league last season and he spent the off-season getting in shape – bad news for the Big Ten. He converts on the block, gets to the free throw line, dominates both backboards and rarely turns the ball over. The only thing that he doesn’t do well is block shots.
Downside: Sullinger loses a pair of wing guards that made over 40 percent of their threes last season, without such shooting prowess on the wings he should see even more double teams this season.
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Around the Big Ten 2011-12: Penn State

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For the third consecutive we’ll be previewing the other 11 teams in the Big Ten by interviewing a collection of bloggers and beat writers with firsthand knowledge of their respective teams. We’ll begin with Penn State, who will be breaking in a new head coach after reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade last season. Eric Gibson, the basketball guru at Black Shoe Diaries, graciously agreed to answer some questions about the Nittany Lions this season.

Tell us about Pat Chambers. Most casual fans probably don’t know much about the young head coach.

I feel obligated to describe him with the one word everybody else uses – energetic. He doesn’t have much of a coaching profile, but what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in salesmanship. His college coaching career started at Villanova, when Jay Wright brought him on as the Director of Basketball Operations. Five years later, Chambers was the associate head coach during Villanova’s 2009 Final Four run. That landed him his first head coaching gig at Boston U, where he won 20+ games in back to back seasons. He’s pretty green, so I expect some learning on the job, but as a recruiter I think he’s really going to elevate Penn State’s image. It’s been hard to get a read on Chambers’ style of play, but it’s expected he will attempt to bring the Villanova 4-out 1-in model to Penn State.

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Recruiting Notebook: The Latest on Mitch McGary

964221[1]Duke Hoop Blog interviewed Mitch McGary’s father for a feature story that touches on McGary’s past, the decision to attend prep school, his development, his coaches and the next steps in his recruitment.

The most notable quote from McGary’s father refers to Mitch’s plans to return home and discuss things with his family this weekend:

Recently, reports came out that Mitch was nearing or had made a decision. However, Tim refutes that notion “He hasn’t made a decision. I just talked to him tonight (Monday night) and we talked about it a little bit. He’s coming home Wednesday night and we’re going to sit down and talk about it. They get a four or five day break this weekend so he’s flying in to O’hare and my older son will pick him up. We’ll be able to sit down and sort things out.”

The entire feature is worth a read as it provides insight into McGary’s journey from under the radar Chesterton kid to national recruit.

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Michigan Basketball Media Day Roundup

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Photo: AnnArbor.com

It’s officially college basketball season as Michigan hosted its annual preseason media day yesterday afternoon and will hold opening practice on Friday. Here’s a run-down of all of our media day content as well as a recap of other interesting articles around the web. First, here’s our content from Kevin Raftery.

After the jump we have a collection of notable articles, quotes, videos and image galleries from elsewhere on the internet.

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Notes, Quotes and Video: John Beilein at Michigan Media Day

John Beilein addressed the media at Michigan’s annual media day this afternoon. Here’s footage of his entire address followed by highlights, notes and quotes after the jump.

Click through for full notes and quotes or check out the rest of our content from Michigan’s Media Day.
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Media Day Video: Stu Douglass, Matt Vogrich and Max Bielfeldt

More from Michigan’s Media Day, here are video interviews with senior guard Stu Douglass, junior Matt Vogrich and incoming freshman Max Bielfeldt. Vogrich and Bielfeldt after the jump, and make sure to click here for all of our coverage from Michigan’s Media Day.

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