Open Thread: Predict U-M’s Regular Season Record

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The schedule is finalized, practice begins in just under a month and Michigan will play its first regular season game in under two months time. March is a distant memory and, despite the requisite fall attention to the gridiron, it’s almost basketball season.

As preview magazines and predictions begin leaking out onto the internet, we want to hear your opinion. How many games does this Michigan team win? The Wolverines will play 31 games – 13 games out of conference and 18 Big Ten match-ups. Review the schedule, vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments.

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CBS: McGary’s Parents Favor Duke, AAU Coach Michigan

bilde[1]CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman stopped by Brewster Academy’s open gym on Wednesday and had the opportunity to talk with many of Brewster’s highly rated recruits, including Michigan target Mitch McGary. Goodman relays that McGary “didn’t deny” that his parents favor Duke while his AAU coach, Wayne Brumm, favors Michigan. John Beilein and Roy Williams were at Brewster yesterday while Coach K will stop by today. McGary continues to keep things close to the vest:

McGary didn’t deny the fact that his parents favor Duke while his summer coach with the SYF team, Wayne Brumm, likes Michigan.

“I’m keeping quiet,” he said. “I’m putting it down on paper and seeing what school fits me. I’m not sure when I’ll commit.”

Could today be the day? It’s when Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will travel to Brewster and meet with McGary.

McGary discusses his process, potential future official visits and more in the full article.

Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: September 14th, 2011

In what will become a regularly updated feature, here is the first iteration of the Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings. All of the data is compiled by Trent Montemayor, who also compiled the 2012 rankings two weeks ago. With just 14 commitments throughout the conference, it’s still early for the class of 2013 but several schools like Michigan, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have gotten off to a nice start.

Overall
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg. Scout Avg. ESPN Avg.
1 Michigan 4 3.50 3.25 3.25
2 Purdue 3 3.67 3.67 3.67
3 Illinois 2 4.00 4.00 3.50
4 Ohio State 1 4.00 5.00 4.00
5 Indiana 2 3.00 3.00 3.50
6 Nebraska 1 0.00 0.00 2.00
7 Northwestern 1 0.00 0.00 0.00
T-8 Iowa 0 N/A N/A N/A
T-8 Michigan State 0 N/A N/A N/A
T-8 Minnesota 0 N/A N/A N/A
T-8 Penn State 0 N/A N/A N/A
T-8 Wisconsin 0 N/A N/A N/A

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APTOPIX Bowling Green Michigan Basketball
Zack Novak and Stu Douglass have been making the media rounds lately as college basketball preseason content slowly comes to the forefront. The duo participated in a Q&A session with Chantel Jennings, of ESPN’s newly formed WolverineNation. Perhaps the most interesting quote was from Douglass on the team’s off-season workouts without Crisler Arena available:

Douglass: It was tough. It was one of the more stressful summers I’ve had here. I had to take eight credits. I’ve never taken that many credits in the summer. And not having guaranteed gym time. The freshmen have a lot of stuff to do with their programs, and orientation, so it was tough to see all the guys and bond as a team like we’d wanted to. Tim [Hardaway Jr.] was gone, Jon [Horford] was gone. But I think we did as well as we could with what we had. I’m worried about coming into the year with all the problems we had in the summer, all the hurdles we had to jump over. But once the season comes we’ll be as close as ever like a team.

Some might overlook comments about off-season cohesion, or lack thereof, but this was undeniably a major issue during the 2009-10 season. Last year was a dramatic opposite as the entire team got practice, game and travel time during August. This team has stronger core leadership (something Novak and Douglass discuss further) but this is a storyline worth following.

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Getting to Know Glenn Robinson III

DSC00105[1]We’ve posted updates, scouting reports and video of Michigan’s commitments and recruiting targets but in an effort go beyond the basketball court we’re debuting a new feature. In our new “Getting to Know” feature we’ll ask commitments questions about their day-to-day life, inspirations, hobbies and more. To debut this feature, we asked Glenn Robinson III about his motivation, favorite movies and music artists, his official visit to Ann Arbor, Mitch McGary and a wealth of other subjects.

What is something most people might not know about you?
”Most people probably would not know that I was born premature. I was born 3 months premature and only weighed 3 pounds at first. Doctors have told me that I am lucky to be around, let alone be 6-foot-6 and almost 6-foot-7.”

Does that make your athletic accomplishments like earning a scholarship to Michigan that much more special?
”Oh, definitely. It makes me feel blessed and helps me to stay humble at all times.”
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ESPN: Mitch McGary Updates Recruitment

mitch-mcgary-rivals[1]2012 target Mitch McGary updated his recruitment in a blog post on ESPN.com. The blog entry is the first update on McGary’s recruitment with direct quotes in sometime. McGary discusses his visits to Michigan, North Carolina and Duke and denies rumors that he made a commitment to any school. McGary notes that the fans stood out on his Michigan visit and also discusses his future plans for visits and in-homes. You can read the full update here but here’s a snippet:

Zack Novak was my host during my two days there and that was cool because he’s from my hometown and we played together during my freshman year. I loved the campus and loved the social life there. I definitely got a chance to speak with the coaching staff there and they just talked to me about how much they wanted me there and about how much of an impact I could make right away.

I would say that the part that stood out most about the visit was the fans and just how much love they showed me. I really wasn’t expecting all of that. People talk about the Cameron Crazies at Duke, but that’s how it was at Michigan too. Those fans showed me the most love of the three visits.

.. I still want to go to Kentucky, Maryland and Florida, but I’m not sure that I’ll get to those schools just yet. I’d like to get there, but we’ll just have to see.

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