Michigan Wolverines News for March 4, 2014
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U-M 84, Illinois 53: Wolverines cruise, stand alone as Big Ten...

No.12 Michigan had just produced the best half of its season against Illinois, a 52-point barrage on the Fighting Illini's home floor, capped by Nik Stauskas' 25-foot dead-eye buzzer-beating three-pointer, complete with a stare at the taunting student section. Seeking a statement while playing to seal the outright Big Ten title, even the placid Beilein was overwhelmed.

Recruiting: Three 5-star prospects to watch for U-M in '15

Michigan's 2014 signing class was a very strong group - albeit small in sheer numbers - but fans remember it almost as much for a pair of high-profile misses as the players that U-M inked on Feb.

U-M's Funchess returning as WR to help young receiving corps

There will likely be a new Big Ten tight end of the year in 2014, even though Devin Funchess is back at Michigan for another season after winning the 2013 award.

Submit questions now for live chat with MSU hockey coach Tom...

Coach will be here at 1 p.m. to answer your questions about his team, this weekend's series against Michigan and more. What would you like to know?

Metro & state: Michigan hockey moves up to 12th in national poll...

Michigan moved from No. 13 to No. 12 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll. The Wolverines (16-10-4) recorded a win and a tie (shoot-out loss) against Ohio State last week.

Stauskas Talks Big Ten Player of the Year [$]

STORY: Nik Stauskas scored 24-points, as he made his case to be Big Ten Player of the Year this season. ***Read the full story inside***

Post-Game Presser at Illinois: Players [$]

Michigan players addressed the media after their 84-53 win at Illinois.

Michigan's Nik Stauskas silences critics, makes case for Big...

Stauskas silenced the crowd with a 25-foot exclamation-point 3-pointer — one of his career-high seven triples — in an 84-53 victory over Illinois, which gave Michigan its first outright Big Ten title in 28 years.

Wire Photo Wednesday | Men Amongst Boys

This week WPW takes a look at three outstanding shots, each featuring a unique perspective of three Michigan greats – Cazzie Russell, Tom Harmon and Bill Yearby: Crisler is known as the house that Cazzie built, but here’s a look at Cazzie’s original digs: Yost Arena.  Dang it looks pretty cool in there and I […]

'Uncommon' Michigan takes its Big Ten championship in stride

Michigan won its first outright Big Ten championship in 28 years on Tuesday night with a 84-53 romp over Illinois. There was little celebration. Business had been tended to.

Game 29: Michigan at Illinois Recap

Michigan 84, Illinois 53. Photo Gallery. Beilein Presser. Player Reactions. Groce Presser. Box Score. Photos: Dustin Johnston Michigan’s game at Illinois on Tuesday night was supposed to be a defensive struggle. It turned out to be a victory lap. Facing an Illinois defense  that had held its last four opponents under 50 points, Michigan was […]

RECAP: Michigan top Illinois, Win Big Ten [$]

GoBlueWolverine's Josh Newkirk and Scout reporter Taylor Rooks breakdown Michigan's historic night, as U-M ends its 28 year drought without an outright Big Ten title.

A Night to Remember, but not to Share

Michigan had two chances, not one, to clinch the outright Big Ten championship, with a home game against Indiana still on the schedule, and Illinois - despite having shown recent improvement - weren't the '89 Flyin' Illini. It was clear early in Tuesday's contest the game with the Hoosiers would be the gravy. The Wolverines suffocated the Illini early, bombing triples from everywhere and playing like a team on a mission in an 84-53 win.

Michigan Accomplishes Goal; Wins Big Ten [$]

The Wolverines ended their 28 year drought with an outright Big Ten championship at Illinois, as U-M defeats the Fighting Illini going away 84-53 Tuesday night. ***Read the full story inside***

After clinching outright B1G title, U-M still not satisfied

Despite a 14-3 conference record, despite the program's first outright Big Ten regular-season title since 1986, despite the 7-2 road record in the league (the best since the Fab Five era), despite the season sweep of in-state rival Michigan State, the Wolverines have never allowed themselves to feel a sense of accomplishment.

Beilein Talks Big Ten Championship [$]

VIDEO: Michigan coach John Beilien addresses the media after U-M wins the Big Ten title for the first time in 28 years. ***Watch Inside***

Photo Gallery: Michigan 84, Illinois 53

All photos by Dustin Johnston. Full gallery after the jump.

Video: John Groce talks loss to Michigan

Illinois coach John Groce spoke with the media on Tuesday night following his team’s 84-53 loss to Michigan at home. For the Wolverines, the win meant an outright Big Ten title. For Illinois, the loss put a definitive end to what had been a stretch of strong defensive games. You can watch the press conference […]

John Beilein on Big Ten crown: 'It's something I know I'll cheris...

Michigan topped Illinois, 84-53, on Tuesday night to secure its first outright Big Ten title since 1986.

Video & Quotes: John Beilein talks win at Illinois

Michigan coach John Beilein was on hand to speak with the media following his team’s 84-53 annihilation of Illinois on Tuesday night in Champaign. The victory gave Michigan its first outright Big Ten regular-season title since 1986. You can watch the press conference using the embedded media player below and read notes and quotes after […]

Video: Michigan players react to winning outright Big Ten title...

With a decisive 84-53 shellacking of Illinois on Tuesday night in Champaign, Michigan secured its first outright Big Ten regular-season title since 1986. Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas were on hand to speak with the media following the victory. You can watch the full press conference using the embedded media […]

Tweet Up: Michigan 84, Illinois 53

The Wolverines crushed Illinois by 31 points, 84-53, to close out the program's first outright Big Ten regular-season title since 1986. This is a chronological timeline of how the game played out on Twitter.

Michigan clinches outright Big Ten title with 84-53 victory over...

Dustin Johnston With its victory over Illinois Tuesday night in Champaign, Michigan is officially the outright Big Ten regular-season champion. The last time the Wolverines won the title outright was in 1986. Michigan was never going to be stopped tonight. Against an Illinois team that held its previous four opponents to under 50 points, the […]

OUTRIGHT MUPPETS

I WAS NOT ALIVE THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED. And you can't have one without the other... I'M PRETTY SURE MICHIGAN JUST HIT ANOTHER THREE. (Given the server overload, my desire to celebrate, and the number of words I've already written today, this serves as your postgame recap until Brian's column tomorrow. Short version: they made all of the shots, and they WON THE CONFERENCE.)

Michigan routs Illinois, captures first outright Big Ten title...

No. 12 Michigan clinched the outright title and the No. 1 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament, scorching the Illini in a convincing 84-53 victory on Tuesday night at State Farm Center.

INSTANT RECAP: Michigan 82, Illinois 53

Slow starts have hindered Michigan the last several road games. Tuesday night wasn't one of them. The Wolverines sprinted to a 10-4 lead on the strength of Derrick Walton Jr. and Nik Stauskas triples and never looked back, capturing an outright Big Ten title with an 82-53 win at Illinois.

Wolverines 84, Illini 53: Michigan rolls to first outright Big...

Nik Stauskas scored 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including a career-high seven made 3-pointers, and capped U-M's 52-30 halftime lead with a 25-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Edwards is high on Michigan after visit [$]

Downers Grove (Ill.) North '15 Ath. David Edwards recounts his latest visit to U-M, camping this summer, what an offer would mean and more.

Halftime analysis: Wolverines 52, Illini 30

Halftime updates from Michigan-Illinois.

Mack Has ‘Really Good Time’ at U-M, Will Camp [$]

2016 Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers four-star wide receiver Austin Mack took a visit to Michigan over the weekend. Mack reflects on the trip, what stood out for him, when he plans to be back, and more.

Game thread: U-M basketball looking to capture outright Big Ten...

The Michigan Wolverines have already clinched a share of the Big Ten basketball championship and now, they're being greedy.

Glen Rice Says He'd Flourish Under Beilein [$]

VIDEO: Former Michigan & NBA star Glen Rice on his NCAA record setting run to the national title in 1989, the Michigan program's resurgence under John Beilein, how he'd fit into the program now, and more.

1989 Reunion: Mike Griffin Remembers The Run [$]

VIDEO: Former Michigan center Mike Griffin reflects on the 1989 national championship team, John Beilein's program, how he's remembered in history, and more.

Live updates: Michigan Wolverines vs. Illinois Fighting Illini...

Follow along for live updates throughout Michigan vs. Illinois (7 p.m., ESPN).

U-M Visit Leaves Strong Impression on Hainsey [$]

After a strong freshman season, offensive tackle Robert Hainsey is gaining traction on the recruiting trail. The Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway star had a memorable visit to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s 79-70 basketball victory over Michigan State a few weeks back. It proved to be a very influential experience that went has helped shape his early recruiting board.

Predicting the All-Big Ten basketball team [$]

Michigan's Nik Stauskas is now the frontrunner for Big Ten Player of the Year, the most consistent player on a championship team. The sophomore stepped up for a team that lost preseason All-American Mitch McGary but still won a title, with more (potentially) to come. Here's a look at who joins him on our all-conference teams with only a week remaining in the season.

Alabama offers four-star DE

Keisean Lucier-South had an excellent showing at the RCS Southern California this past weekend. Things got even more exciting for him Tuesday when Alabama offered.

Game 29: Michigan at Illinois Open Thread

Dustin Johnston Michigan battles for an outright Big Ten Championship tonight against Illinois in Champaign. The Wolverines and Illini have both won three straight entering tonight’s game and are playing some of their best basketball this season. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (eastern) with Dan Dakich and Mike Tirico handling broadcasting duties for […]

Tuesday Recruitin' Might Not Make It Through Summer

Raiding The Old Dominion Michigan is once against looking to the state of Virginia, where they've pulled Derrick Green and Wilton Speight in the last two classes, for an infusion of talent. The Wolverines have put out offers to 2015 top-100 WDE Clelin Ferrell and heralded 2016 WR Scott Bracey, both of Richmond Benedictine College Prep. In a two-part article, Sam Webb interviewed Benedictine coach Greg Lilly to get the scoop on the pair ($): Greg Lilly:  “Coach Manning has done a great job as

Eagles release WR Jason Avant

He played his first eight NFL seasons in Philadelphia and ranks 11th in team history with 297 receptions for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2006 from U-M. The Eagles re-signed free agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper last week. Their returns made Avant more expendable.

Illini no easy mark on the road [$]

Illinois hasn't experienced a banner year in basketball, by any measure. They're 17-12 overall, 6-10 in the Big Ten, and 3-5 on their home court in league play. That doesn't mean Michigan has it easy tonight.

ITF EXTRA: The Recruiting [$]

Part three of ITF - spaced over several days since Friday - is the recruiting portion. News on some of Michigan's top future targets, and even one player still on the board in the senior class...

Analysis: 4-3 over defense could be a boon for LBs [$]

Michigan's decision to move to a primarily 4-3 over defense (instead of a 4-3 under) has generated considerable discussion in the last week, with many asking what's the difference. Former U-M linebacker Obi Ezeh says the biggest change involves how the line shifts and where the SAM linebacker plays.

Pro Wolverines: Avant released, Robinson seeks opportunity

The Philadelphia Eagles released former Michigan wide receiver Jason Avant Thursday after an eight-year run. Plus, former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will get a shot at running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, more pro notes ...

Okun taking Pac-12 trip

Zach Okun knows all about the outstanding facilities and the trendy uniforms at Oregon. He wants to see those for sure but the four-star offensive guard wants to go more in-depth during his visit to Eugene early this week.

TheWolverine.com Podcast: Hoops Chat

John Borton and Andy Reid of TheWolverine.com discuss Michigan's win vs. Minnesota, which clinched at least a share of the regular-season Big Ten Championship, and preview Tuesday's game at Illinois.

What To Watch For: Michigan at Illinois [$]

The Wolverines will tip off in Champaign Tuesday night with a chance to seal an outright Big Ten regular-season title if they beat Illinois. These are the keys to the game:

Preview: Illinois

THE ESSENTIALS WHAT Michigan (21-7, 13-3 B1G) at Illinois (17-12, 6-10) WHERE State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois WHEN 7 pm Eastern, Tuesday LINE Michigan -2 (KenPom) TV ESPN/WatchESPN (PBP: Mike Tirico; Analyst: Dan Dakich) Right: Nice work, boss. [Fuller] THE STAKES This section is very simple now that a share of the conference crown is secured. If Michigan wins, they're the outright Big Ten champs. If Michigan l

70 is the new 50 for aging-but-beloved sports broadcasters

This year's BCS title game was called by Brent Musburger, who turns 75 in May, and the soundtrack for the NBA All-Star Game on TV was provided by Marv Albert, 72. Verne Lundquist, 73, works the big SEC games for CBS and last weekend called Michigan's basketball victory over Michigan State with Bill Raftery, 70.

Michigan Basketball Gameday: Offense and defense clash as Wolverines...

No. 12 Michigan (21-7, 13-3 Big Ten) at Illinois (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten), 7:00 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)

Michigan athletic department's 'secret weapon' will air on 60...

What's the University of Michigan athletic department's secret weapon? According to 60 Minutes Sports, it's associate athletic director and longtime student mentor Greg Harden. Harden will be featured on Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports on Wednesday, March 5

A closer look at Glenn Robinson III’s sophomore season

Dustin Johnston The criticism is everywhere. “Let’s not sugarcoat it: Robinson has been a big disappointment.” “Several NBA guys I talked to in attendance for Michigan-Duke were obviously disappointed in Glenn Robinson III’s lack of assertiveness.” “Robinson’s season has careened to the realm of disappointing and underwhelming.“ “Robinson’s stock was starting to pick up again […]

Olympians Davis and White, former Red Wing part of latest 'Dancing...

'Dancing With the Stars' has rounded up another eclectic cast of celebrity characters for Season 18.

Matheny blazed a trail for Tigers' Ausmus

'Brad probably could have been managing a few years ago if he had wanted to,' Matheny said Monday before the Tigers-Cardinals game. 'The respect people in the game always have had for Brad and the way he went about his business, I think it was inevitable once the time became right for him and his family that he'd be in this business. I'm sure he's going to do a great job.'

Las Vegas odds: Michigan State a better bet than Michigan to...

The latest odds at Las Vegas Hotel's SuperBook has Michigan State with 8-to-1 odds to win the national championship, which trails only 3 teams.

Game 29: Michigan at Illinois Preview

Basics Who: No. 12 Michigan (21-7, 13-3 B1G) at Illinois (17-12, 6-10 B1G) Where: Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL When: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 TV: ESPN |  WatchESPN Radio: MGoBlue, 950 AM, 102.9 FM, 92 Sirius, 190 XM More: Preview story, Video, Pick to Click Two weeks ago, Michigan’s trip to Illinois looked like one […]

Ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr still 'bothered' 1997 coaches poll...

Carr spoke with WDIV's Bernie Smilovitz on Monday in Detroit.

Morgan not taking Illinois lightly [$]

VIDEO: Jordan Morgan addressed the media on Monday as Michigan prepares for Illinois. He also touched on the John Beilein's coaching style, winning a Big Ten Title outright and more.

Illinois is a 'Good Team,' says Horford [$]

VIDEO: Jon Horford addressed the media on Monday as U-M prepares for Illinois Tuesday.

Green adds Indiana offer

Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic three-star linebacker Chris Green has been steadily adding scholarship offers, and he picked up his ninth on Monday from Indiana.

Robb gets a long look at Michigan [$]

The 2016 class in Michigan should be a rebound year for high school talent after a thin group at the top in 2015, and Midland Dow athlete Mike Robb is one player helping that happen.

Local sports owners on Forbes' list of billionaires

Forbes put out its list of the world's 1,645 billionaires. Here's where a few sports types are on the list:

Lloyd Carr: Michigan football still transitioning, but 'will...

Carr spoke with WDIV's Bernie Smilovitz during a speaking engagement in Detroit on Monday.

Form Tracker: March 4th, 2014

Our weekly feature tracking the performance of Michigan players performance over two game segments of the season. Form Tracker is now interactive. Readers can vote on each player’s rating by hitting ‘Too low,’ ‘Too high’ or ‘Agree.’ Photo: Scott Mapes Glenn Robinson III: 8 (Last week: 6) Glenn Robinson III was efficient, clutch and active over Michigan’s past two […]

One big parallel between 1989 champs, 2013-14 Wolverines [$]

Pick one guy from any past Michigan team and give him to John Beilein for a year - who would you take? That question has been posed numerous times on message boards and talk radio shows, and the answer is always the same - Glen Rice, of course, the hero of the 1989 National Championship team that "shocked the world" and swept through six games to claim the program's first title.

Free of drama and distractions, Michigan eyes first outright...

Other than keeping extra hairs on John Beilein's 61-year-old head, the mostly headache-free Wolverines are also winning games. There’s a correlation.

Michigan's Greg Mattison: 'We need to be a better blitzing team'...

Mattison says he's going to pressure more this season, but players have to do a better job of winning their individual battles so that those blitzes aren't wasted.

Lloyd Carr: U-M football going through difficult, 'dramatic'...

'When I look at the schedule, I really (wonder),' Carr said pointing out that U-M has to play in East Lansing for a second straight season, in Columbus, Ohio, and at Notre Dame. 'I think that schedule is a real challenge. Sometimes though, a challenge turns out to be the best thing for a team because you know as a coach you're going to have their attention.'

Drama-less U-M could clinch Big Ten outright with win tonight...

This is the result of years that Beilein has built with a philosophy of talent combined with - but not at the expense of - character. 'It's just a good group of kids, low maintenance to no maintenance,' said Horford, one of three captains. 'You're not going to run into much drama.'

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