Big Ten Tournament to Rotate Between Chicago, Indianapolis


The Big Ten held its annual Council of Presidents & Chancellors meeting this afternoon and decided on venues for the conference championship games and tournaments in the new look Big Ten.

The Big Ten Basketball Tournament will return to its original format, rotating between Chicago and Indianapolis. The upcoming 2012 tournament will still be held in Indianapolis, honoring the existing Big Ten contract. Chicago will host the event in 2013 and 2015 and Indianapolis in 2014 and 2016.

The Big Ten Tournament was originally hosted in Chicago before rotating between Chicago and Indianapolis from 2002 through 2008. In 2008 the conference announced a five year deal, which will run through 2012, to host the tournament in Indianapolis.

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Season in Review: Three Point Shooting


Because this blog has been around for roughly as long as John Beilein has been at the end of the bench in Ann Arbor, three point shooting has been a frequent topic. Beilein’s teams are obviously known for the three point shot and his teams have ranked in the top 25 for percentage of threes attempted during seven of the last nine seasons.

We’ve debriefed last season quite a bit but haven’t taken a long look at Michigan’s three point shooting and how it affected the season.
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Class of 2013 Primer: Guards


As the calendar rolls into June, we draw closer to one of the most important days on the Michigan basketball recruiting calendar: sophomore offer day. Because John Beilein adheres to the NABC guidelines for offering sophomores, June 15th will be the first day that the Michigan staff extends offers to class of 2013 prospects. In preparation for the big day, we’ll take a look at some of the main 2013 targets in a position-by-position breakdown.

As things currently stand, Michigan has two scholarships to grant in the class of 2013. Because of transfers, early entry, 5th-year situations and every other form of potential attrition, I’d be surprised to see Michigan sign fewer than three players in the class of 2013.

One of those scholarships will almost certainly be tendered to a point guard. John Beilein loves to stagger his point guards two years apart and the impressive crop of 2013 floor generals fits that plan perfectly. The guards on this list have varying styles of play, whether true points or combos, but all of them would likely play an important role in the backcourt of Michigan’s offense.

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Wednesday Links: Vogrich, Beachem and More


2011 Recruiting Profile: Max Bielfeldt

Previously: Trey Burke, Carlton Brundidge

Max Bielfeldt – 6-foot-7
Max Biefeldt Basics

  • Height: 6-foot-7
  • Weight: 230lbs
  • High School: Notre Dame (Peoria, IL)


More previously on UMHoops

Trophy Case:
Peoria Player of the Year
Class 3A Illinois All-State
State Farm Holiday Classic MVP
Sr: 22.5 pts, 11.4 rebs & 4.6blks, 28-1 record
All-time PND leading scorer and rebounder

Max Bielfeldt was the third commitment in Michigan’s class of 2011 and the one that casual observers probably know the least about. Fans and reporters alike first learned that Michigan was pursuing Bielfeldt on February 7th, a month and a half later Bielfeldt had committed to the Wolverines. Compared to Carlton Brundidge, who committed to Michigan after his sophomore season, or Trey Burke, who has seemingly endless amounts of video footage on the internet, Bielfeldt is a relative unknown.

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Five for Friday: Construction, Scheduling and More

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Facility Dreams Become Reality

With last week’s release of Crisler Arena renderings, the facilities that Michigan basketball fans have dreamt of became just a bit more real. Facilities have been a bit of an old wives tale in relationship to the Michigan basketball program over the last decade and chance. From stories of Tommy Amaker purchasing his own carpet and a VCR in his new office to the basketball team being relegated to practicing in the IM Building for every reason from the Pow-Wow to leaks and excess condensation during the summer.

In the next couple years those will be distant memories. The practice facility, infrastructure, seating and scoreboard improvements will go up this fall before the complete stadium makeover a couple years down the line.

These are undoubtedly exciting times and a massive step forward for the program. Michigan might be one of the last schools to build a practice facility but it should also be one of the nicest. The facilities are already having an effect on recruits, as all of them will spend their time in the facility, and that effect should only grow as they are able to see the actual facility rather than look at videos, dirt, steel and computer renderings.
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