Big Ten Announces ESPN, CBS Conference Games

imageThe Big Ten  announced the dates, times and television networks for the Big Ten conference games that will air on CBS or the ESPN family of networks this season. Michigan will play 11 of its 18 conference games on CBS or an ESPN station and at least four of the Big Ten’s eight weekend CBS games will feature Michigan. For comparison, the Wolverines played just three Big Ten games on ESPN or CBS last season. Here’s the full list of announced games:

  • Thu, Jan 5, 9 p.m. – Michigan at Indiana - ESPN2 /
  • Sun, Jan 8, 1:30/4:30 p.m – Wisconsin at Michigan – CBS
  • Tue, Jan 17 - 7 p.m. – Michigan State at Michigan – ESPN /
  • Tue, Jan 24 - 7 p.m. – Michigan at Purdue – ESPN /
  • Sun, Jan 29 – 1 p.m  – Michigan at Ohio State – CBS
  • Sun, Feb 5 – 1 p.m. – Michigan at Michigan State – CBS
  • Sun, Feb 12 – 1 p.m. – Illinois at Michigan – CBS
  • Sat, Feb 18 - 9 p.m. – Ohio State at Michigan – ESPN / – ESPN Game Day
  • Feb 25/26 – 4/1 p.m. – Purdue at Michigan – CBS/ESPN wildcard
  • Thu, Mar 1 - 7 p.m. – Michigan at Illinois – ESPN or ESPN2 /
  • Sun, Mar 4  – 4/1 p.m. - Michigan at Penn State - CBS/ESPN wildcard

You can find Michigan’s entire non-conference schedule here. The remaining conference games, which will air on the Big Ten Network, are expected to be released by the Big Ten conference tomorrow.

Recruiting Roundup: September 6th, 2011

(caption) The Michigan bench celebrates as LB Brandon Herron (58) returns an interception for a long touchdown in the second quarter.  *** The Michigan Wolverines host the Western Michigan Broncos in the season opener at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. This is the debut of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.  Photos taken on Saturday, September 3, 2011. ( John T. Greilick / The Detroit News )
Photo: The basketball recruiting section cheers during one of Brandon Herron’s touchdown returns/Detroit News

Any recruiting notes from the weekend have to start with Mitch McGary. The number three player in the class of 2012 was on campus for a two day official visit which reportedly went as well as one could ask for. You can see McGary during his visit in the picture above, to the right in a blue t-shirt, cheering as Brandon Herron returns a touchdown. A poster on MGoBlog even talked with him at the game as McGary was hanging out in the student section during the rain storm, even grabbing a picture.

The problem for Michigan is that McGary still has a handful of other high profile visits on deck. The postgraduate actually has the option to take more than five official visits but right now his next scheduled official visits are to North Carolina and Duke later this week. He’ll head back to school at Brewster next Wednesday and could still take officials to Kentucky, Maryland and Florida.

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Video: 2010-11 Michigan Basketball Season Highlights

Even though we are closer to the next season than the last, Josh Houchin wrapped up his final highlight video from last season. While the previous videos focused on specific players, this video is a smorgasbord of clips from the entire season.

The previously posted player highlight videos live here.

In other news, football is back this weekend and the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2012, Mitch McGary, is scheduled to make an official visit. Let this be your hoops, recruiting and even football open thread for the weekend.

Introducing KenPom Similarity Scores

tim-hardaway-jr-rose[1]The offseason is a wonderful time when Ken Pomeroy tweaks his website to implement new features, making the best college basketball statistical resource even better. Today he implemented similarity scores for every Division I player. You can find the data, by season, on each player’s individual page which is conveniently linked from the team pages. You can find a full explanation of the calculation in Pomeroy’s blog here.

To start a Friday discussion, here are the similarity scores of Michigan’s returning players from last season. Remember that players are only compared to players in the same class-year.

Some quick analysis after the jump.
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Value Add Formula: A Closer Look at the Big Ten

x350[1]Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn brought some mainstream attention to John Pudner’s Value Add formula last week. The formula measures the precise offensive value added by any specific player – or more specifically the drop off involved in replacing one player with a generic ninth or tenth man off of the bench. (Detailed explanation here.)

Baseball fans probably realize this is somewhat similar to the wins above replacement metric utilized in baseball. Longtime readers of this blog will also probably notice the similarities between Pudner’s system and KJ’s PORPAG system.

Pudner compiled an entire dataset of all 2500 returning players in college and Winn made several observations regarding the Big Ten. Some that Big Ten fans are all too familiar with (Jordan Taylor is really good) but also just how large of an impact fifth year transfers Sam Maniscalco (Bradley to Illinois) and Brandon Wood (Valparaiso to Michigan State) should have on their respective teams that otherwise have some major question marks.

There’s been plenty of analysis of Marquette, the Big East, New York centric and Chicago based teams but here are a couple thoughts on Michigan and next year’s Big Ten.

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Notebook: Austin Hatch, Recruiting Rankings and 2014 Visits

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