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Maize n Brew 11 hours ago

No. 19 Michigan 55, No. 12 Villanova 60: Tension

Michigan went down to the wire against No. 12 Villanova, but fell just short this time in a back and forth affair in Brooklyn. For a late November matchup, both Villanova and Michigan buzzed early, playing evenly in the early going; it had the feeling of a Sweet 16 or Elite 8 game, just maybe with a little dust or a little rust. Not to be outdone by fellow freshman Ricky Doyle, Mark Donnal pitched in a nice sequence early, in which he drew a charge and scored at the rim -- a nice pair of plays for Donnal as he looks to find himself early on in the season. Even while the game remained...
Maize n Brew 20 hours ago

Michigan Hoops Preview: The Wolverines take on Villanova in the Legends Classic Final

Michigan beat Oregon to move on to the Legends Classic championship game tonight vs. Villanova. Michigan vs. Villanova, 10pm, ESPN2 Villanova's short path to the Legends Classic championship game was decidedly less contentious, as the Wildcats blitzed VCU after halftime last night, going on a 30-13 run in the first ten minutes after the break to blow the game wide open. Nova is deep and experienced, with a rotation that goes eight or nine deep including three juniors and two seniors.  So far, that lineup is playing overmatched non-conference opponents how you would expect.  Nova has been...
Maize n Brew Nov 25, 2014

Tuesday Morning Brews (11/25/14)

The Rivalry I've been saving this link for a long time: a documentary about the game that preceded airplanes, the World Series, the ice cream cone, and sliced bread. (How the ice cream cone wasn't invented 20 minutes after ice cream, no one knows.) This is an occasionally absorbing, rarely boring documentary. After a quick introduction to the importance of the rivalry, they discuss Fielding Yost (3:30), Ohio State's hatred and the creation of golden pants medals to signify a victory over Michigan (6:00), Fritz Crisler and the winged helmet (6:50), Woody Hayes (10:45), and finally Bo and...
Maize n Brew Nov 25, 2014

Michigan 70 - Oregon 63: The Wolverines survive despite rebounding woes

Michigan's issues in the front court nearly cost them as a big rebounding advantage for Oregon nearly turned the game in the Ducks' favor. Rebounding has never been something John Beilein teams are known for — if anything it has always been something of a worry for fans of his teams.  This season those problems loom even larger as Michigan is breaking in an entirely new rotation at the four and five positions.  The lumps were going to come eventually.  Those lumps almost sent Michigan to its first loss of the season.  Almost. Oregon rebounded a whopping 45% of its misses, pulling in...
Maize n Brew Nov 24, 2014

Pollin' It: Michigan slides up the rankings and looks to make a bigger jump this week

The Wolverines benefited from a couple losses around the top-25. AP Poll Rank School Record Pts 1 Kentucky Wildcats (62) 5-0 1,622 2 Arizona Wildcats 3-0 1,493 2 Wisconsin Badgers (3) 4-0 1,493 4 Duke Blue Devils 5-0 1,473 5 North Carolina Tar Heels 3-0 1,315 6 Louisville Cardinals 3-0 1,220 7 Texas Longhorns 4-0 1,185 8 Virginia Cavaliers 4-0 1,166 9 Wichita State Shockers 3-0 1,120 10 Gonzaga Bulldogs 4-0 1,076 11 Kansas Jayhawks 1-1 982 12 Villanova Wildcats 3-0 913 13 Iowa State Cyclones 2-0 831 14 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 3-0 761 15 San Diego State...
Maize n Brew Nov 24, 2014

Greg Mattison on Brady Hoke: "You don't know how lucky you are here"

In the last meeting with reporters of the regular season, defensive coordinator gave a staunch defense of Michigan coach Brady Hoke. The clock is ticking for Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and staff. At least, that is what public perception says. There's still some football left to be played. With a bowl bid--and coaching career at Michigan--in serious doubt, Hoke's plan for the final game of the season is to not go down without a fight. The Wolverines plan to do just that as they travel to Columbus to face Ohio State (Noon kickoff, ABC) in the annual end-of-season rivalry game. Defensive...
Maize n Brew Nov 24, 2014

B1G Hoops Power Rankings: Nov. 24th, 2014

Using interesting statistics, colorful graphics, and some snark, Maize n Brew lists the Big Ten's best basketball teams as they play in their respective holiday tournaments in our weekly power rankings. 14. Rutgers (2-1) Previous Rank: 14 Last Week: Farleigh Dickinson (W, 61-44); St. Francis-Brooklyn (W, 76-73) Did Rutgers earn its first two wins of the season? Yes. Was either Rutgers' opponent in the KenPom Top 200 when they played? No. Did Rutgers need one of those two opponents to miss a potential game-winning triple in the final seconds to escape with a victory on its home floor?...
Maize n Brew Nov 24, 2014

Preview: No. 24 Michigan vs. Oregon Ducks

Michigan heads out east to Brooklyn, familiar territory for Michigan in nonconference play. Like last season, they'll face a PAC 12 opponent there, this time the Oregon Ducks. Who: 3-0 Oregon Ducks When: 9 p.m. ET Where: Barclays Center -- Brooklyn, N.Y. These early season proceedings will get a much-needed boost, as the Wolverines will take on their first real opponent this season in the also 3-0 Oregon Ducks. Them The Ducks are led by Dana Altman, in his fifth year in Eugene after 16 years as the head man at Creighton (where he became the school's all-time winningest* coach). Altman...
Maize n Brew Nov 24, 2014

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Mike Weber decommits, KLS chooses UCLA

The MRR updates you on the latest in Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, the Wolverines lose another member of their 2015 class and another top target chooses to stay out west. Also, Chris Clark chimes in on U-M's struggles again and Brian Cole visited a rival this weekend. Mike Weber decommits Four-star 2015 running back Mike Weber (Detroit, Michigan) announced Saturday evening that he has decided to decommit from the University of Michigan and reopen his recruitment, according to his Twitter account. I'm decommiting from the university of Michigan thank you Michigan for the...
Maize n Brew Nov 23, 2014

Ohio State opens as 20-point favorites over Michigan

Ohio State opens as heavy favorites over rival Michigan. The one game that Michigan and Ohio State fans have waited for all season is just a week away. "The Game" as it is affectionally called, will see Michigan travel to Ohio State for one final attempt to achieve bowl eligibility. If Vegas had a say, the odds are not going to be too kind to the Wolverines on Saturday. According to our partners at Oddsshark, Ohio State opens as 20-point favorites over Michigan. The Wolverines are reeling after a horrific 23-16 loss to Maryland whereas the Buckeyes went on to an emphatic 42-27 victory...
Maize n Brew Nov 23, 2014

Stuck In Limbo

The Wolverines fell flat Friday night, but earned a series split with a dominating performance Saturday. Michigan 2 - Penn State 3 Michigan 8 - Penn State 1 Eleven games into the season the Wolverines still find themselves searching for an identity. On any given night they can skate with the nation's best, or come out flat and look average. Who is this team? This series was supposed to answer that but after falling short on Friday and winning Saturday in dominating fashion, we find ourselves in the same position asking the same question. It was almost a feeling of déjà vu. On consecutive...
Maize n Brew Nov 23, 2014

Sunday Morning Brews (11/23/14)

Maybe it was the 49-yard field goal that Brady Hoke passed up, that would have put Michigan up 10. That wasn't a guaranteed field goal, though, but it would have given Matt Wile something other than a chip shot to gauge the weather conditions - something that would have come in handy a little later on a missed 39-yarder that barely squeaked by the left upright. Maybe it was Maryland, which showed a tough defensive line that held De'Veon Smith (10 carries, 28 yards) in check and kept him inside the box. Their secondary was undersized, but it proved fast and physical, and forced Michigan to...
Maize n Brew Nov 22, 2014

Costly mistakes contribute to Michigan's 23-16 loss to Maryland

Michigan seniors sent off with disappointment after another horrid loss on Senior Day. Is there anything left to play for? Maybe, but after Saturday's latest debacle, the chance to participate in a low-level bowl appears to be in serious doubt. On a day where 12 seniors on the football team were honored, it was tarnished with a 23-16 loss to Maryland. It was arguably Michigan's (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) best shot to earn a bowl bid, with the team traveling to Columbus next week to face Ohio State, now that it has missed on that chance, odds of making a bowl are as slim as the future Michigan coach...
Maize n Brew Nov 22, 2014

Mike Weber decommits from Michigan.

The 2015 four-star running back announced Saturday night that he has reopened his recruitment. The hits just keep on coming for the 2015 recruiting class. The latest gut punch comes in the form of four-star running back commit Mike Weber (Detroit, Michigan), who announced Saturday evening that he has decommitted from the University of Michigan, according to his Twitter account. I'm decommiting from the university of Michigan thank you Michigan for the love and support I'll remake my decision at the army bowl — Mikey (@mikeweber25) November 22, 2014 Steve Lorenz of 247 Sports notes that...
Maize n Brew Nov 22, 2014

Your Weekend Drinking Instructions Lets It Goat

Maryland week! Drink Maryland beers! How enjoyable was last weekend? A nice, relaxing basketball win, and football went undefeated. I hear the States is getting absolutely plowed with polar vortex snow right now... Michigan returns to action this weekend against the vaunted Big Ten powerhouse, the Terrapins of Maryland. I know very little about Maryland's football team other than former Michigan recruiting target Stefon Diggs is quite good and I think they have a better record than Michigan does. And they actually scored against Michigan State. You'd think Michigan has better talent, but...
Maize n Brew Nov 22, 2014

How to watch Michigan vs. Maryland: Preview, TV Schedule, and More

Nearing the end of Team 135. It is the warm-up. The prelude. If Michigan can gash Maryland's defense for long runs today, that bodes well for next Saturday's game. If it can make strides in establishing an angry, physical presence, then that is simply good preparation for Ohio State. This is the last home game for two dozen seniors, and this is the front door to a bowl invitation. But it's about pride, and it's about tenacity, and it's about presence. It's about peaking for next week. How to witness TV: 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN. Radio: WWJ, AM Radio 950, Sirius Radio, Channel 132, and XM...
Maize n Brew Nov 21, 2014

MnB Questions Testudo Times

As Maryland travels to freezing Ann Arbor, Alex from SBN's Maryland site Testudo Times gives us a few moments to answer some questions. How's Maryland feeling about their first Big Ten year, especially when they (a) beat Penn State and (b) are already bowl-eligible with two games to go? AK: For the most part, it's been a positive experience for Maryland. The Terps have beaten virtually every team they're supposed to beat, and they've lost to three pretty great teams (Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin) and another good one (West Virginia). Beating Penn State was a nice development for...
Maize n Brew Nov 21, 2014

Michigan - Penn State Preview

The Wolverines open Big Ten play when Penn State visits Yost. Who: Penn State at Michigan When: 11/21/14 FS Detroit+ - 11/22/14 Comcast 900, 7:35pm Where: Yost Ice Arena About Penn State Penn State enters it's second full season of D-1 hockey by getting off to a fast start with wins over UConn, Holy Cross, Bentley and UMass-Lowell. The Wolverines lost two games to Penn State a year ago; losses that kept Michigan from the postseason, a forgettable ending that the players from last season's team have not forgotten. Offensive Zone After the AIC series the Wolverines think they have finally...
Maize n Brew Nov 21, 2014

Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Auden Tate taking official visit this weekend

The FRR updates you on the latest in Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, a top wide receiver prospect will officially visit this weekend, as well as offensive commit Grant Newsome. We also spotlight 2015 running back commit Mike Weber and Alex Malzone releases his senior year highlight tape. 2015 wide reciever Auden Tate taking official this weekend Michigan will be getting an official visit from four-star wide receiver prospect Auden Tate (Wharton, Florida) this weekend, according to Steve Lorenz of 247 Sports. ($) Tate has been one of Michigan's top targets at the wide...
Maize n Brew Nov 20, 2014

No. 24 Michigan 71, Detroit 62: Getting It Done

After heading into the half down one, the Wolverines pull away from the Titans with a 44-point second half. Unfortunately, due to an early tipoff, I did not have a chance to catch this one, so this post will be short on actual viewing-derived substance. But, from what I have been able to read and gather, this one was not unlike Detroit's previous matchup against Oregon, in which they led at the half and were then simply overwhelmed in the second frame. While this might not be an impressive win on paper, two straight games of very good starts for Detroit against two pretty good teams...