Michigan Wolverines News for March 3, 2014
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Michigan inches closer to first outright Big Ten title in 28...

U-M (21-7, 13-3 Big Ten) needs a win in one of its final two games — at Illinois Tuesday or home against Indiana on Saturday — to gets the eighth outright title in school history, and first since'85-86.

Michigan's John Beilein intensifies preparation for Illinois

Even at this point in the season, with a share of the Big Ten title clinched, the Michigan basketball team is not overlooking opponents. The Wolverines might lose at some point, but it won't be for a lack of preparation.

Recruiting: U-M football looking to mid-Michigan for top talent...

Michigan high school football talent has been traditionally concentrated in the metro Detroit area and Grand Rapids. In coming classes, however, it may be wise to look toward the middle of the state, and Brady Hoke and his coaches are doing just that.

Report: Michigan director of football operations Nolan Jones...

Jones was hired as Michigan's director of football operations last May.

Pass rush will be an emphasis this spring

Michigan was dismal rushing the passer last year, finishing with only 25 sacks (64th in the country). Combine that with only eight forced fumbles (No. 102 nationally) and it's obvious why the U-M defense struggled in 2014.

U-M Camp May be in Moon’s Future [$]

Michigan made an extremely positive impression on 2015 Signal Mountain (Tenn.) TE/OL Harrison Moon during his initial visit to Ann Arbor a few weeks ago. Is a Maize & Blue offer on the horizon?

Beilein Press Conference Video [$]

VIDEO: U-M coach John Beilein addresses the media as Michigan gets ready for Illinois this Tuesday.

Jordan Morgan ready for the final push

When fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan left the court in Atlanta, after the Wolverines dropped the NCAA Tournament National Championship Game, he wasn't sure if he would ever put on a Michigan jersey again.

Michigan must maintain focus against streaking Illini

With its 66-56 defeat of Minnesota on Saturday night, Michigan secured itself a share of the Big Ten title with two games remaining on the regular-season schedule. But the Wolverines know there is still work to be done. (Photo: Scott Mapes) If Michigan wants to win its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 – […]

Borton's Blog: Full focus pays off [$]

It didn't seem like much of anything could ruin John Beilein's Saturday night, short of a home loss to Minnesota. As it turns out, somebody wrecked Beilein's night before that game ever began.

Perry talks recent U-M trip [$]

Mount Pleasant (Mich.) High School has experienced recent success on the gridiron, and sophomore wide receiver Kalebb Perry is seeing the spoils of that on the recruiting trail. He recently visited Michigan.

Ex-Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez spoofs 'Speed,' leads the charge...

The new rule proposal could force teams to use at least 10 seconds of their 40-second play clock before snapping the football.

Video: Beilein, Morgan discuss Illinois game

The Wolverines head to Champiagn Tuesday night for a chance to beat Illinois and clinch the program's first outright Big Ten title since 1986. Michigan coach John Beilein and fifth-year senior forward Jordan Morgan spoke with the media Tuesday afternoon. Here are the highlights:

Analysis: Michigan's NCAA hockey hope remain alive

Will they or won't they? That is the question. With four games remaining in the regular season, Michigan sits 12th in the venerable Pairwise Rankings ... still in the NCAA Tournament field but too close to the bubble to feel good about its current lot.

One Frame At A Time: Purdue & Minnesota (Non-GRIII Edition)

Previously: Purdue & Minnesota (GRIII Edition) Of course Spike Albrecht is familiar with the "Big Balls" dance that originated in the (terrible) sequel to a classic baseball movie before being popularized as a basketball celebration by Sam Cassell. Huevos. [Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the GIFs, featuring Nik Stauskas making Andrew Dakich do Andrew Dakich things, Jordan Morgan's old man strength, Jon Horford's zen calm, and much more.] As usual, click the links/stills to open each GIF in a

Meryl Davis and Charlie White pull out of figure skating world...

Olympic silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who train with Davis and White at the Arctic Edge Skating Club in Canton, also pulled out of the event. Men's figure skating Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan, who trains at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, also will not compete.

News & Views: Beilein talks Wolverines, Illini [$]

Michigan head coach John Beilein met with the media on Monday, the day before his team goes after an outright Big Ten title at Illinois. Here are some notables about the Wolverines, Beilein's comments and TheWolverine.com's take.

U-M hoops skips celebrating share of Big Ten title, focuses on...

Near the end of Michigan's Big Ten title-clinching win over Minnesota last Saturday, Jon Horford told his teammates to control themselves.

Michigan's Jon Horford, graduating in spring, confirms he'll...

Per NCAA rules, Horford could seek a graduate transfer exemption and gain instant eligibility next season at any school offering a postgraduate degree not offered by Michigan.

By the Numbers: Position moves through the years

Last week, with the dawn of spring practice, head coach Brady Boke announced a number of position changes, some significant, with players jumping sides of the ball, and some less so.

Video: John Beilein, Michigan bigs preview Illinois

John Beilein, Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford were on hand to speak with the media on Monday afternoon to preview Michigan’s matchup with Illinois Tuesday night in Champaign. They talked about limiting distractions this season, keeping focus through the end of the Big Ten season and more. You can watch the full interviews using the […]

The Big Ten race: where it stands [$]

The Wolverines have already locked up at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, with a chance to secure an outright crown with one more win. What conference teams are making moves, and which ones are limping down the stretch?

One Frame At A Time: Purdue & Minnesota (GRIII Edition)

Between game-winners, Showtime-esque fast breaks, the alley-oop bonanza, and the many other plays of note from Purdue and Minnesota, OFAAT is split into two parts. Part one belongs to Glenn Robinson III. GRIII dunk photo via @umichbball Glenn Robinson's alley-oop finish over two Minnesota players elicited reactions normally reserved for Cirque du Soleil, the Top Thrill Dragster, or the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The above screencaps come from one replay of GRIII's slam. So does this: The man

Rich Rod destroys NCAA's slower-offenses proposal with 'Speed'...

Rich Rod actually is about as smooth of an actor as usual 'Speed' star Keanu Reeves. But we wonder whether Rita knows that he's hanging out with Sandra Bullock?

Flint's Monte Morris on pace for NCAA record with Iowa State

Freshman Monte Morris, a Flint native and 2013 Mr. Basketball from Flint Beecher, has become indispensable for the 15th-ranked Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12), largely because he's better at protecting the basketball than anyone in the country. Morris has 101 assists against just 17 turnovers this season. He's on pace to shatter the NCAA's assist-to-turnover ratio record of 3.96-to-1 set by Tyler Newbold of Utah State in 2009.

U-M up, MSU down in new AP poll

Florida, Wichita State and Arizona are the top three teams in the Associated Press college basketball poll for the second straight week. The Gators (27-2), who are on a school-record 21-game winning streak, were a solid No. 1 today, receiving 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Michigan rises to 12th, Michigan slides to No. 22 in latest AP...

The Wolverines, who beat Minnesota on Saturday to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title, rose four spots to No. 12. The Spartans, who were shocked at home by Illinois on Saturday, slid to the edge of the poll at No. 22.

AP top 25: Michigan moves up to No. 12, Michigan State continues...

Michigan (21-7, 13-3 Big Ten), sitting alone atop the Big Ten standings, rose from No. 16 in last week's poll, while Michigan State (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) fell from No. 18.

U-M 'Focused' on Winning Title Outright [$]

STORY: Michigan has to win one of its final two games to end its 28 year drought without an outright Big Ten regular season championship. And their focus is on beating Illinois this Tuesday. ***Read Inside***

Hoops: Luke Kennard ready to start visits [$]

Michigan is battling college basketball's best for five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard (6-5, Rivals.com's No. 16 junior nationally), and it could be a tough fight to win. Kennard has set one official visit and plans to work his way down his list of six in search of the right fit.

Michigan's Caris Levert committed to John Groce, but says Illinois...

After Groce moved from Ohio University to the University of Illinois in 2012, LeVert waited for a phone call to come from his future head coach. He's still waiting.

U-M’s 1989 Title Run Still ‘Shocks The World’ [$]

Members of Michigan basketball’s 1989 national championship team made their way back to Ann Arbor over the weekend for a little reflection and reunion, guests at Crisler Center for the Wolverines’ win over Minnesota. Several members of that Michigan team reflect on a run remembered fondly.

Notes, quotes from John Beilein on Big Ten teleconference

It’s Monday, which means John Beilein joined the other Big Ten basketball coaches for a teleconference with the media. Beilein talked about his preparations heading into March, taking on Illinois on Tuesday and much more. You can read the full transcript of the call below. (Photo: Scott Mapes) Opening statement: “We’re finishing our fourth game […]

TheWolverine.com Podcast: Recruiting Rap

Tim Sullivan and Chris Balas sit down to discuss Michigan's recent visitors, when the Wolverines will see more commits, and much more.

Reinforce The Rafters

3/1/2014 – Michigan 66, Minnesota 56 – 21-7, 13-3, guaranteed share of Big Ten title He moved it with his mind [Eric Upchurch] Let us recalibrate ourselves. I'm 34. Growing up, it was expected that Michigan won things. In football. And therefore in everything else, because football is everything except at, like, Kansas. (Kansas hired Charlie Weis on purpose. Basketball focus is kind of a disease.) That bled into other things, and then success was expected. This Is Michigan. Success is still e

Sean Higgins on '89 Team: 'We Had Incentive' [$]

Former Michigan great Sean Higgins reflects on the 1989 national title run, the program's return under John Beilein, getting in town for a reunion, and more.

Thompson is in no hurry [$]

Although he's rounding into one of the most-heavily recruited 2015 players in the state of Michigan, Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson is content to take the process slowly.

Iowa State offers Dowell brothers

Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's Andrew Dowell and David Dowell (pictured) are both four-star prospects, but because they play different positions their offer lists are not identical. Iowa State, however, did offer the pair Sunday night.

Poll: Who is the National Coach of the Year?

Wichita State remains undefeated at 31-0. Virginia is on the cusp of stunning the ACC. Florida is the nation's No. 1 team. And Michigan is on the brink of an outright Big Ten title. With so many qualified candidates, who is this season's Coach of the Year?

Big Ten Power Rankings: March 3rd, 2014

1. Michigan (1.15 PPP, 1.07 Opp. PPP, +.09 Eff. Margin) The Wolverines clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, their second Big Ten crown in three years. Michigan has the youngest team in the Big Ten, but is 4-0 in conference games decided by five or fewer points. That stat, along with […]

Michigan bill to legalize ticket scalping splits venues, brokers...

The Republican-led House voted this week to legalize ticket scalping.

Maize-N-Brew: Despite competition, Gardner is U-M's best choice...

Many believe that sophomore Shane Morris is the heir to the U-M quarterback throne. A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Morris has the talent and skill set to make himself a successful quarterback at this level. But is he ready yet?

Michigan's Brady Hoke talks pace of play, says safety and impact...

Brady Hoke discussed the recently proposed 10-second rule last week in Ann Arbor.

Submit questions now for live chat with recruiting expert Sean...

Sean will be here at 11 a.m. to answer your questions about Michigan, MSU, local prospects, the national scene and more. Sean used to work for rivals.com and now is with the Big Ten Network. What would you like to know?

With David Dawson at left tackle, Michigan continues quest to...

Michigan continues to tinker with different players at different positions along the offensive line.

Column: Once at his inflection point, Glenn Robinson III now...

Everyone from John Beilein to Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson to Glenn Robinson III himself has different explanations as to why the sophomore forward has turned things around. Whatever it is, it's working.

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