Jalen Rose Discusses Fab Five Documentary

fabfive[1]Jalen Rose was made available via conference call today to discuss the upcoming Fab Five documentary that will debut this Sunday at 9 p.m on ESPN. Rose produced the film which aims to give an unfiltered look at the Fab Five. Here are a few notes and quotes from the call.

  • “The story of the Fab Five has never really been told.” Mentioned Mitch Albom’s book, but said the definitive story, taking everything that is now known into account, has never been told. The film is in a way a sort of “Bible” of the Fab Five.
  • Mentioned a notable omission: No 2011 Chris Webber interview. “He felt like at this time he didn’t want to speak and talk about his portrayal of how things went those couple of seasons … anyone who sees it knows that we really went in-depth about everything: the good, the bad, the ugly and the scandal.”

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Video: John Beilein Previews the Big Ten Tournament

Video of John Beilein speaking with media about the Big Ten Tournament, a chance for revenge against Illinois and how his players learned to hold themselves personally accountable.  Notes and quotes, as well as the second half of the video, after the jump.

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Video: Morris, Novak, Hardaway and Smotrycz Talk Illinois

Evan Smotrycz, Darius Morris, Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. were all on hand this afternoon to discuss the Illini, the Big Ten Tournament and how this season turned around.

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Recruiting Roundup: March 8th, 2011

A collection of notes, updates, pictures, and video of Michigan commitments and targets.
Class of 2011

Carlton Brundidge – Commit
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John Beilein was on hand to watch Cartlon Brundidge Monday night and the Michigan commit had 15 points in Southfield’s playoff win over Henry Ford.
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Bubble Talk with Crashing The Dance’s Andy Cox

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Bracketology is a relatively saturated internet market but Andy Cox has carved out his own niche. Cox has created a computer system that uses statistical machine learning techniques to predict how the selection committee will select and seed teams for the tournament. The system has improved for five consecutive years, most recently selecting 33 of 34 at larges, and it provides a different and more educational perspective on tournament selection.

As someone that studies the past behavior of the selection committee, we like to probe Andy’s mind come March and see what he thinks about the current bubble situation. The most recent Crashing the Dance projections (as of Tuesday morning) have Michigan listed as the third to last team in. Now here’s what Andy had to say about Michigan, the bubble, and more. (Photo: Freep)

What are the basic strengths and weaknesses of Michigan’s resume?

Strengths:

  • Good road wins, including Michigan State (likely in) and Clemson (bubble)
  • Nine wins over RPI top 100 teams, and not the RPI-fooling kind of top 100 wins. Eight of them are against the top 67. That’s pretty good among bubble teams.
  • Four good road wins against teams ranked 67 or better.

Weaknesses:

  • No “signature” wins. Their best RPI win (Harvard – RPI #35) was at home over a team that may not make the field
  • Only one game over .500 against the RPI top 200.
  • Most bubble teams have at least one loss to a team outside the top 100, but their loss at Indiana (RPI #176) is lower than you’d like to see.

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Video: Nick Stauskas 2010-11 Prep Highlights

Here are two videos from Nick Stauskas‘ junior season at St. Mark’s. The first is a compilation of highlights from five games and the second (after the jump) is full video from St. Mark’s NEPSAC Class AA Final loss to Tilton (courtesy of FriarBasketball.net). Stauskas is a 2012 prospect that holds offers from Kansas, Michigan, Wake Forest, and Iowa State.

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