Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:13 pm

Big Ten Offseason Report

By Jeff Goodman

Big Ten Offseason Report

Illinois – The Illini will go to Italy from Aug. 10-20 and will play in the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 23-24. Bruce Weber’s team will also play a non-league slate that includes games at Maryland (11-29), vs. Gonzaga (12-3), against UNLV (12-17 in Chicago) at against Missouri (12-22 in St. Louis). Illinois also added Bradley transfer Sam Maniscalco as a one-year transfer who is eligible this season.

Indiana – The Hoosiers added former IU star Calbert Cheaney as the director of basketball operations, replacing Drew Adams (New Mexico). Tom Crean & Co. will play in the Crossroad Classic against Notre Dame on Dec. 17 and the Hoosiers have non-conference games at N.C. State (11-30), vs. Butler (11-27) and against Kentucky (12-10). Bobby Capobianco transferred to Valparaiso.

Iowa – The Hawkeyes will play in the Dale Howard Classic in Des Moines, an event that also includes Creighton, Campbell, Chicago State and N.C. A&T. Fran McCaffrey’s non-league slate includes games against Clemson (11-29), at Northern Iowa (12-6) and at Iowa State (12-9). Cully Payne (Loyola) and Anthony Hubbard both transferred out of the program.

Michigan – The Wolverines will play in the Maui Invitational and also have non-league games at Virginia (11-29), against Iowa State (12-3) and at Arkansas (1-21).

Michigan State – Mark Montgomery left to become the head coach at Northern Illinois and was replaced by Dane Fife, who was previously the head coach at IPFW. The Spartans will play North Carolina in the Carrier Classic in San Diego on Nov. 11 and will also face Duke on Nov. 15 in the Champions Classic. They also have non-league games against Florida State (11-30) and at Gonzaga (12-10). Brandon Wood transferred in from Valparaiso and is eligible to play this season while Garrick Sherman (Notre Dame) and Korie Lucious (Iowa State) both left.

Minnesota – The Golden Gophers will play in the Old Spice Classic down in Orlando and also have non-league games scheduled against Virginia Tech (11-30) and vs. USC (12-3). Dominique Dawson (Kentucky Wesleyan) and Colton Iverson (Colorado State) both transferred out.

Nebraska – Jeremy Cox replaces Tracy Webster on Doc Sadler’s staff. The Cornhuskers will play Wake Forest (11-30) at home, vs. Creighton (12-4) and at TCU (12-10) in the non-conference slate. Eshaunte Jones transferred out of the program while Bo Spencer is eligible this season after coming in a year ago from LSU.

Northwestern – Former Rutgers head coach Fred Hill replaces Mitch Henderson, who got the head job at Princeton, on the staff. The Wildcats will play in the Charleston Classic (11-17/20) and also have a non-league game at Georgia Tech (11-29). Nikola Cerina transferred to TCU.

Ohio State – Assistant Brandon Miller shockingly resigned and was replaced by Cleveland Cavs assistant and alum Chris Jent. Kevin Kuwik also left for an assistant spot at Dayton and the new video coordinator is former Duke point guard and Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus, who was at Navy last season. The Buckeyes will play in the Global Sports Shootout, an event that includes Florida, Jackson State, North Florida and Wright State. Ohio State will play Florida at home on Nov. 15 and also have non-conference games against Duke (11-29), at Kansas (12-10) and at South Carolina (12-17). BC transfer Evan Ravenel is eligible this season.

Penn State – Pat Chambers brought Brian Daly with him from Boston University, added Eugene Burroughs (Navy), Keith Urgo (Villanova) and also brought Ross Condon as his director of basketball operations. The Nittany Lions will play at Boston College (11-30) and vs. Mississippi (12-4). Taran Buie transferred to Hofstra.

Purdue – Paul Lusk left to take the head job at Missouri State and Mike Jackson was forced to leave after a DUI. They were replaced by Greg Gary (Duquesne) and Micah Shrewsberry (Butler). The Boilermakers will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also against Butler on Dec. 17 in the Crossroad Classic in Indy. Matt Painter’s team also has non-league games against Miami (11-29) and at Xavier (12-3).

Wisconsin – The Badgers will play in the Chicago Invitational (11-25/26) and also have non-league games at North Carolina (11-30), vs. UNLV (12-10) and vs. Marquette (12-3). Zach Bohannan transferred into the program from Air Force.

Offseason reports: Big 12 Pac-12

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Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:42 am

Michigan pledge in second tragic plane crash

By Jeff Goodman

It’s almost unfathomable.

Michigan commitment Austin Hatch has, according to multiple reports, been involved in another tragic plane crash.

This one has killed his father, Dr. Stephen Hatch and his step-mother.
Austin Hatch was also in the aircraft and is in critical condition.

"It is with deep sadness that the Canterbury community has learned of the deaths of Steve and Kim Hatch, parents of Austin '13, in a plane crash in Michigan on Friday evening,” Karen Belcher, the director of publications at the Canterbury School, sent out in an e-mail on Saturday morning. ``Austin was also in the plane and is hospitalized in serious condition. This is all the school knows at this time. Please keep Austin and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

Officials with the FAA confirmed that a single-engine plane that took off from Fort Wayne, Ind., crashed into a residential garage in Charlevoix, Mich., on Friday night.

Hatch, his wife and his son were the only people on board.

This isn’t the first time that Hatch has been involved in a plane crash.

Dr. Hatch was piloting a plane back in 2003 when it clipped a power pole and crashed, killing Austin’s Hatch’s mother, sister, brother and family dog.

Dr. Hatch and Austin survived the crash.

Austin Hatch, a 6-foot-6 wing who starred at Fort Wayne Canterbury High, committed to Michigan earlier this month.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Michigan
Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 4:11 pm

Ex-Michigan coach Frieder a hit with X gamers

Bill Frieder is now a skateboarding mogul.

Posted by Eric Angevine

Ordinarily, I wouldn't be so crass as to assume that I need to explain who Bill Frieder is, but when you read the rest of this story, you'll understand why I'm making an exception this time.

Bill Frieder is a former NCAA DI head basketball coach. Between 1980 and 1997, he took the University of Michigan and Arizona State to a combined six NCAA tournaments. He is, perhaps, most famous for assembling and coaching the 1989 Wolverines team that won a national championship in Steve Fisher's sixth game as a head coach. Frieder accepted the ASU job just before the tourney began, and then-AD Bo Schembecler fired him summarily, stating "A Michigan man will coach Michigan."

That was a long time ago, and Frieder is now 69 years old, a grandfather, and happily retired breaking into the national skateboarding scene.

Yep, you read that right. Frieder is now a leading light for the X-games crowd.

The former coach, who also does color commentary for radio broadcasts of NCAA basketball, is now partnered with the Maloof brothers (owners of the NBA's Sacramento Kings) in the Maloof Money Cup, a skateboarding contest that hands out cash prizes in excess of $2 million dollars each summer. The Maloofs played a hunch that Frieder could bring his charm and smarts to a new sport, despite his admission that he knew next to nothing when he first started.

Now, he actually knows the lingo, according to a story in the Charlotte Observer.

"I really do love the vert," Frieder said in a June 3 article about the event. "I don't want to downplay the street skaters. They do a great job. But it just amazes me on that vert how high they go up in the air and come back down and keep their balance. It's incredible."

"These guys are a completely different breed from the team sport type of thing. They're individual. But that's how they developed the sport. They went out and did things their way on a skateboard. They developed a lifestyle that's becoming a big-time sport. They're very talented, they're very athletic. It's scary what they do with this thing. It's very dangerous. They're great guys."
When you've got it, you've got it. Frieder is old enough to be a grandfather figure to most of the skaters he's met, but they seem to buy into his enthusiasm for the sport, even as a latecomer to the action.

"He knows sports," said Maloof. "Frieder's been around sports his whole life. He understands young people, athletes. The people 40-70 know who he is, but it's the young people that are attracted to Frieder. He just knows how to relate to young people, like he did his whole career, like recruiting basketball players. Skaters trust him."

Now, if Frieder can just ply his charm well enough to get an innovative skater to name a new trick after him, perhaps the next generation will remember him for something other than being the man who walked away from Glen Rice at the wrong time.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 8:31 am

Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

Posted by Eric Angevine

The Michigan Wolverines emerged from March Madness as one of the more intriguing young teams in the nation. With a solid coach in place, talented players in the program and a well-funded athletic department behind them, the hoops Wolverines are on the verge of becoming a major player in the Big Ten again.

The University Board of Regents is taking steps to improve the infrastructure around the team as well. According to a UM press release, a $52 million renovation scheme for 43-year-old Crisler Arena was approved this week.

"The expansion will add approximately 63,000 gross square feet for new fan entrances (top), additional retail spaces and ticketing areas, as well as a private club space," the release stated. "The renovation will improve seating for people with disabilities and provide expanded and renovated concourses to allow for an increase in restrooms, concessions and other fan amenities. All seats throughout the arena will be replaced."

This is the latest upgrade approved by the Board of Regents, following an initial $20 million that improved immediate infrastructure concerns such as lighting, plumbing, electrical work and repair of the building's roof. The University is nearing completion of a $23.2 million Basketball Player Development Center as well.

It's easy for an administration to pay lip service to the idea of playing for league titles and national championships, but this wave of construction on the Michigan campus gives the ring of truth to the promises of a brighter future for the Wolverines. With the University of Nebraska joining the Big 10 in the upcoming season, amid a welter of development plans of their own, Michigan is doing what must be done in order to not only keep up with the Joneses, but beat them from time to time.

(additional renderings of proposed changes can be seen here)

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:34 am

Making the Leap: UM's Morris not returning

Posted by Jeff Borzello

According to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com, Michigan sophomore Darius Morris has decided to keep his name in the NBA draft and will not return to the Wolverines for his junior campaign.

Morris announced on April 21 he was testing the waters, but received enough positive feedback to remain in the draft pool. Most mock drafts project Morris to be drafted in the late first round or early second round.

The 6-foot-4 point guard from Los Angeles averaged 15.0 points and 6.7 assists last season for John Beilein and the Wolverines. Morris was one of the top breakout performers in the country, improving drastically from his freshman season.

There were no seniors on last year’s Michigan team, which lost to Duke in the round of 32 after defeating Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Wolverines’ performance against the Blue Devils led many to believe they could be primed for a top-10 season next year.

Without Morris, the expectations will fall – but don’t write off Michigan.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. will become the team’s go-to scorer after averaging 13.9 points during his freshman season. He could be poised for a monster year. Zack Novak, Stu Douglass and Matt Vogrich give Beilein a host of solid perimeter shooters to team with Hardaway Jr. on the wings.

Up front, Jordan Morgan will look to build off a very good freshman campaign in which he shot nearly 63 percent from the field and averaged 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Evan Smotrycz didn’t post gaudy numbers last season, but he showed flashes of his potential at various points. He is an inside-outside player who creates match-up problems with his skill set. Jon Horford and recruit Max Bieflfeldt will need to step up and provide depth.

Obviously, the key to Michigan’s success will be the point guard position – who will replace Morris? Two freshmen will be welcomed into the program next season, Carlton Brundidge and Trey Burke. Brundidge is an undersized scorer with unlimited range and the ability to create his own shot. Burke is more of a pure point guard who can facilitate the offense and find teammates.

If one of the newcomers can step in and run the show, the Wolverines are capable of hanging with anyone in the country.

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:37 pm

Which schools are most overvalued in NBA draft?

Posted by Matt Jones

This is not a new story, but with the NBA draft deadline having just passed and little happening in the post-Easter weekend sports world, I found it interesting. Two years ago, the blog 82games.com sought to determine which schools were most overvalued and undervalued by the NBA in the draft process. The process for making the determination was by no means scientific. The author utilized only the past 20 years and by starting in 2009, the older players' careers and their longer careers were ultimately given more weight. Still, the methodology, while not perfect, was adequate for determining whether players from certain schools are more consistently over or under valued by NBA teams. 

The blog compared a players' career per-game average in points/rebounds/assists versus the average totals for other players who were also picked in the same slot in those 20 NBA drafts. A per-game comparison (as opposed to a per-minute method) is not a good way to evaluate an individual player, but it is a decent method for an enterprise such as this, which is seeking to make a macro judgment about a larger pool of players. After determining the difference from the average person selected at the same pick, a particular player would be categorized as either a star, role player, etc and then rated versus the other colleges. Only schools with five or more players were ranked in the total school comparison.

Amongst all teams, these ten schools were ranked as the most consistently undervalued by NBA teams (number of NBA picks during selected period in parentheses):

1. Wake Forest  (7)

2. UTEP   (5)

3. Marquette (7)

4. Xavier  (8)

5. Clemson (6)

6. Kentucky (15)

7. Alabama (13)

8. Depaul (6)

9. Purdue (6)

10. Pittsburgh (6)

In a bit of a surprise, Wake Forest took the top spot, thanks in large part to the three superstars it has produced, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul and Josh Howard (who is a superstar relative to his No. 29 overall draft status). Spots 2 and 3 are taken by UTEP and Marquette, both of which are helped in large part by having produced Tim Hardaway and Dwayne Wade. What is most striking is that, with the exception of Kentucky, none of the top 10 are traditional powerhouse schools, showcasing that the NBA is very likely to undervalue many second-tier programs, just as most fans do as well.

Here is the list of the most overvalued programs in the NBA draft:

1. Louisville (11)

2. Vanderbilt (5)

3. Colorado (5)

4. Gonzaga (5)

5. Indiana (13)

6. Mississippi State (6)

7. NC State (9)

8. Missouri (9)

9. Iowa  (10)

10. Texas Tech (5)

During the 20 year period studied, Louisville had the most players consistently overvalued by the NBA. Pervis Ellison, Samaki Walker, Reece Gaines, Felton Spencer and Cliff Rozier were all picked in the lottery during this period and none averaged more points than the average player picked at their position. Also disappointing is Indiana, which produced few top players during the end of the Bob Knight era and has seen its overall status as a program drop during the same period.

Finally, the blog ranked the top powerhouse programs based upon NBA draft performance as well. Because a school that produces only five players in 20 years can have its status changed by one high profile star or bust (see Marquette with Wade or Gonzaga with Adam Morrison), the higher sample size makes this a bit of a better comparison. Here was the ranking of top programs with 15 or more players selected during the 20 year period:

1. Kentucky (15)

2. Michigan  (16)

3. Connecticut  (21)

4. Arizona  (28)

5. UCLA  (26)

6. Syracuse (15)

7. Georgia Tech (19)

8. Michigan State (16)

9. North Carolina (22)

10. Maryland (16)

11. Texas (16)

12. Kansas (22)

13. Duke (28)

Amongst the programs with the most picks in the draft, Kentucky players have been the most consistently undervalued. The production by players such as Jamaal Magloire, Tayshaun Prince, Chuck Hayes and Rajon Rondo from low draft spots, places Kentucky at the top of the list. The biggest surprise of the list (with the exception of Georgia Tech having 19 players drafted during that period) is the school at the bottom of the list, Duke. The Blue Devils are the most overvalued group of players in the NBA draft by a substantial margin, with the greatest number of players performing below the average player at their position. Also interestingly, North Carolina's players are valued exactly at the correct point according to the scale. With the 22 players the Tar Heels have produced for the NBA during that period, their final NBA production has been exactly average for any player picked at their positions.

What does all this mean? Probably not much. Potentially NBA teams should consider Brandon Knight or Deandre Liggins a few picks higher or Kyrie Irving a couple of picks lower. But probably what it does mostly is give college basketball fans something to argue about during the offseason. And that in and of itself is productive.
Posted on: April 21, 2011 5:53 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 5:54 pm

Making the Leap: Darius Morris to test waters

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Michigan has the potential to be one of the top teams in the country next season, but the roster took a hit on Thursday.

Sophomore Darius Morris announced he would enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent. Morris has the option to return to the Wolverines for his junior campaign.

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“All my life it has been a goal of mine to play in the NBA and I am blessed to have the opportunity to take this step towards that dream,” Morris said in a release. “I look forward to going through this process with the potential of playing at the next level.”

Morris, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Los Angeles, averaged 15.0 points and 6.7 assists last season, carrying the Wolverines offensively at times. His development is one of the primary reasons many analysis have such high hopes for Michigan next season.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:18 pm

Too soon? A look at next season's holiday games

Posted by Eric Angevine

Our season just ended, but it's never too soon to start thinking about what will happen next. Certainly not for the organizers of early season tournaments, those resume-building events that often give us meaningful matchups. Recall that UConn and Kentucky met on Maui on November 24, 2010 in a preview of an eventual Final Four game. These early battles usually play out in front of few specatators, but they get a lot of scrutiny come Selection Sunday.

So, with that in mind, let's look at some of the evolving fields that organizers are putting together. Not all participants are settled as of right now, and personnel may change radically over the next month or so, but you can keep track of any changes by visiting the CBSSports.com early season tournament guide.

Some highlights:

Coaches vs. Cancer, Nov. 7-11 and 17-18: The automatic qualifiers -- meaning the four power conference teams that advance even if they lose in the first round -- are set. Arizona will be trying to carry over some momentum without Derrick Williams, and they'll be thrown into a field that includes Mississippi State, St. John's and Texas A&M. MSU was an absolute shambles last season, so it will be interesting to see if that's a thing of the past, or if Rick Stansbury is in a downward spiral in Starkville. SJU will be looking to prove that this season's resurgence was no fluke, and A&M has just been consistently good under Mark Turgeon.

Maui Invitational, Nov. 21-23: You don't need my persuasive arguments to see the value in this field. Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA, Georgetown and, of course, plucky Chaminade. One thing that jumps out, however, is Michigan getting another shot at one or more of the programs they faced during their growing season last year. Obviously, this will be quite the melee of blue-blood programs.

Diamond Head Classic, Dec. 22-25 & 25: This one isn't as loaded as the first two we looked at, but it has some intriguing possibilities. There are a couple of big-name programs looking for early statement games in Clemson and Kansas State, plus the always-intriguing mid-majors UTEP and Xavier.

Those three tourneys represent the best fields to date. There are several interesting teams in weak fields elsewhere, such as Marquette showing up in the Paradise Jam, experienced Notre Dame in a field of transitioning programs in the CBE Classic and defending national champs UConn slumming it in the amusingly-named Battle 4 Atlantis. The Puerto Rico Tip-Off throws Purdue in with a whole slew of NIT teams like Alabama, Colorado and Wichita State. Both VCU and Richmond show up as unexpected heavy-hitters in off-off-Broadway productions, as well.

These early tournaments are often just something to have on in the background while digesting heavy holiday meals and conversing dutifully with relatives, but there's usually a little intrigue if you scratch past the surface. There will be new coaches, new players and, best of all, a new basketball season coming, just as the weather starts to turn chilly again this year.

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