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Maize n Brew 2 hours ago
Michigan Hoops Preview: The Vets | Zak Irvin, Just A Shooter?

Michigan Hoops Preview: The Vets | Zak Irvin, Just A Shooter?

The freshman version of Zak Irvin conformed to the "Just A Shooter" stereotype that never really fit Nik Stauskas the year before. Can a sophomore Irvin shed the much more deserved "Just A Shooter" label? Soph. G/F Zak Irvin: 6-foot-6 215 lbs. His Story It was clear early last season that there weren't too many three point shots out there that Zak Irvin would pass up.  The "Just A Shooter" reputation that floated around Nik Stauskas the year before was hardly mentioned around Irvin, most likely because it was obvious.  Everything Irvin did on the court was in service of the three-point...
Maize n Brew 3 hours ago

CFB Preview Guide Week Nine: Mitten Rivalry

The State of Michigan's Annual Rivalry Gets It On, Iggy Azalea has Big Ten Fever, Batman Goes to East Lansing and Watch Kelly Rip and Michael Strahan Get Fancy. The top five ranks saw a bit of a shake-up as the #4 and #5 teams lost and the list of undefeated teams got even smaller. WHERE THINGS STAND AP Top 10: 1. Mississippi State 2. Florida State 3. Ole Miss 4. Alabama 5. Auburn 6. Oregon 7. Notre Dame 8. Michigan St 9. Georgia 10. TCU — College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2014 Four Unbeatens Remain: #1 Mississippi State #2 Florida State #3 Ole Miss #25 Marshall —...
Maize n Brew 5 hours ago

Previewin' Opponent No. 8: Michigan State Spartans

Michigan heads back to East Lansing for the second year in a row, hoping for some sort of post-open week renaissance. Who: No. 8 Michigan State Spartans Time: 3:30 ET (ABC) Date: Saturday, Oct. 25 Place: Spartan Stadium--East Lansing, Mich.  The Stage "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send...
Maize n Brew 7 hours ago

Thursday Morning Brews (10/23/14)

Looking ahead to our next opponent... Indiana. Funeral Blues Michigan may be at risk of further embarrassment (that was possible?) this weekend in East Lansing. But no matter. There are still some wonderful things to celebrate - like literature, for example, or things with butter in them. On that note, below is a wonderful poem from W.H. Auden, which is completely unrelated to anything Michigan-related and in no way signifies a white flag or an upcoming funeral. The battle for the state will be well-fought, and Michigan has the players on hand to win it. Hopefully that translates to...
Maize n Brew 22 hours ago
Inside the Numbers: Win the Ground, Win the Game

Inside the Numbers: Win the Ground, Win the Game

There are many fascinating stats and trends that have emerged from the heated Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry, but there is one that has defined the series for over 50 years. Ladies and gentlemen, it's Hate Week. No, not State Week. Hate Week. It's the name aptly used to describe the week preceding the football showdown between two in-state rivals, Michigan and Michigan State, that loathe one another. Why? Students, alumni, and fans of both the Wolverines and the Spartans use this precious time to remind their counterparts of any and all reasons why their school is superior. And,...
Maize n Brew 23 hours ago

Big Ten Coaches Power Rankings: Week 9

Voted on by SBNation writers, these power rankings answer the age old question: Who is the best coach in the Big Ten right here, right now? After over a dozen responses I have counted the votes and determined the one, the only, the weekly Big Ten Coaches Power Rankings. Here are the results. 1. Mark Dantonio (Avg. Score: 1.50 LW: #1, 1.08) Team Record (Big Ten): 70-30 (42-19) 2014 Record (Big Ten): 6-1 (3-0) Last week: Away vs Indiana (W 56-17) This week: Home vs Michigan After leaking oil in the second half against Purdue and Nebraska, Michigan State came out of the tunnel in the second...
Maize n Brew Oct 22, 2014

Michigan Hoops Preview: The Vets | A Swiss Army Knife With A Basketball, The Caris LeVert Story

Michigan will rely heavily on junior Caris LeVert, last year's do-everything wing, to carry the offense and help break in a lineup that will rely heavily on a few first year players. Jr. SG Caris LeVert; 6-foot-6 200 lbs. His Story Last year's emergence of Nik Stauskas was a surprise to many who expected Michigan to be led by Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary.  Of course it wasn't as surprising as the huge leap in production and efficiency that Caris LeVert made as a sophomore. In his first year it was mostly just talk.  Mentions of LeVert having a natural scoring talent that flashed...
Maize n Brew Oct 22, 2014

Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Plenty of U-M vs. MSU recruiting storylines

The WRR updates you on the latest in Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, taking a look at how the Spartans and Wolverines' current rosters stacked up on the recruiting trail, Grant Perry updates his recruitment, Ryan Tice joins as a walk-on and Tyree Kinnel releases a new highlight reel. U-M/MSU Rivalry Week: How rosters compare from the recruiting trail This weekend, Michigan (3-4) and Michigan State (6-1) will meet on the field in their annual rivalry match-up, which takes place at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing for the second consecutive year. The old "stars and rankings...
Maize n Brew Oct 21, 2014

Column: Devin Gardner takes all the hits for being the quarterback, racism should never be one of them

Devin Gardner has given his all the University of Michigan. That doesn't stop people from spewing pure hatred toward him. I'll remember Devin Gardner the same way as I do Denard Robinson. I refer to both Robinson and Gardner as table-setter players. Players who played with the program for a period of time and set the table, so to speak, for someone else to take over in hopes that the program is on its way to getting fixed. We've seen it with the basketball program, it can happen with the football program. Gardner has seen his fair share of scrutiny, some of it warranted and other times not...
Maize n Brew Oct 21, 2014

Big Ten Football Roundup - Week 8

Seventeen points was pretty popular amongst the losers on Saturday. Let's take a quick look at how things went down in the Big Ten last weekend. Maryland 38, Iowa 31 Iowa (5-2, 2-1) was poised to grab a share of the lead in the West, but their contest with the Terrapins (5-2, 2-1) didn't go quite as well as expected. Although the Hawkeyes held a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Maryland was able to rely on a couple rushing touches and a pick-6 to knock Iowa down a peg in the standings. Iowa's Jake Rudock may have thrown for 317 yards and a touchdown, but the quarterback story was on the...
Maize n Brew Oct 21, 2014
Michigan Football Recruiting: Grant Perry talks U-M interest and improvements to his game

Michigan Football Recruiting: Grant Perry talks U-M interest and improvements to his game

The three-star 2015 wide receiver spoke to Michigan coaches Brady Hoke and Doug Nussmeier over the weekend. One of the more intriguing in-state prospects in the 2015 class is three-star wide receiver Grant Perry (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), who has enjoyed much team and personal success this season at Brother Rice HS. Michigan has been keeping an eye on Perry, and he spoke with them last Friday, according to his Twitter account. Good talking with coach Hoke and coach Nuss! — Grant Perry (@TheGrantPerry) October 17, 2014 Michigan has yet to extend a scholarship offer to him, and he...
Maize n Brew Oct 21, 2014

Tuesday Morning Brews (10/21/14)

Big Ten's Most Underrated WDE Drew Ott, Iowa Hawkeyes On a list of the league's best defensive lines, Iowa would be near the top. Carl Davis is regularly double-teamed, and his teammate on the interior, Louis Trinca-Pasat, has certainly been disruptive - but perhaps not as much as Ott, who has seen a lot of plays come his way, being funnelled out from the teeth of the defense. Ott is not reinventing the wheel, but he's shown the ability to disengage from blocks and chase down smaller, quicker athletes in space, which is exactly what Iowa's needed. RB Brandon Ross, Maryland...
Maize n Brew Oct 20, 2014

Listed on current depth chart, status still unclear for Jabrill Peppers

Although true freshman cornerback Jabrill Peppers was listed on the depth chart as the starting nickelback this week, Peppers has not seen any type of game-action since Miami (OH.) ANN ARBOR -- Arguably no one had such an immense amount of hype surrounding him before the season like true freshman cornerback Jabrill Peppers had. And this was all before taking a collegiate snap. It is also safe to say that the start to this season has not gone the way Peppers has wanted it to, record-wise and personal statistics-wise as well. After tweaking his ankle in the season opener against Appalachian...
Maize n Brew Oct 20, 2014
To the victor go the spoils, but Michigan is not thinking about playing the spoiler just yet

To the victor go the spoils, but Michigan is not thinking about playing the spoiler just yet

"It's about us," senior quarterback Devin Gardner told reporters on Monday. ANN ARBOR -- With Michigan's 2014 campaign trending downwards with each passing week, it knows that with a victory over in-state rivals Michigan State, and possibly ruining its chances of getting into the four-team playoff at the end of the season, it could do miraculous things to direction the season is headed. Getting the Wolverines (3-4, 1-2) to admit that fact is another story. The answers from coaches and players alike were short and lacking substance during the weekly Monday press conference, just the way...
Maize n Brew Oct 20, 2014
Michigan Hoops Preview: The Vets | Spike Albrecht, Part-Time Assassin, Full-Time Elder Statesman

Michigan Hoops Preview: The Vets | Spike Albrecht, Part-Time Assassin, Full-Time Elder Statesman

One of Michigan's most experienced players is now its baby-faced backup point guard, who was once one of the staff's last minute additions to the 2012 class. Now Michigan is looking to Spike Albrecht to lead the team into the 2014-15 season. Jr. PG Spike Albrecht; 5-foot-11, 175 lbs. His Story Spike wasn't thought of as much of a threat to when he committed to Michigan in the summer of 2012 as Trey Burke flirted with his NBA dreams and the Wolverines needed a backup plan at point guard.  Even the most confident John Beilein supporters had to scratch their head at that move.  But true to...
Maize n Brew Oct 20, 2014

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup enjoyed the bye week

The MRR updates you on the latest in Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, Donnie Corley recruiting news was hot this weekend and Garrett Taylor and Grant Perry are visited by the Wolverines. Let me just preface this roundup with this, that many of my fellow staff writers would probably agree with: I enjoyed the bye week. The recharging of the batteries was much needed. It's Michigan State week, so let's get to it. It was a busy weekend for Donnie Corley In one of last week's roundups, we covered 2016 wide receiver Donnie Corley (Wyandotte, Michigan) and his offer from the Michigan...
Maize n Brew Oct 19, 2014

Michigan opens week as 15-point road underdog against Michigan State

The Vegas oddsmakers were not very kind to the Wolverines this week, as they open as 15-point road underdogs against in-state rival Michigan State. ANN ARBOR -- The time has come once again for Michigan and Michigan State to face off against one another. After thoroughly being handled by 23-points in East Lansing a year ago, the Wolverines (3-4, 1-2) will make the return trip to Spartan Stadium (3:30 p.m. kickoff) hoping for better results. The oddsmaker in Vegas, however, don't think that is going to happen this season. Michigan State (6-1, 3-0) opens the week as 15-point...
Maize n Brew Oct 19, 2014

What We Learned: New Hampshire

Michigan dropped their home opener Friday against a tough Wildcat team, but fought back on Saturday to split the series. Welcoming a New Hampshire team to Yost searching for an identity with question marks at every position and few answers, the young Wolverines learned a hard lesson on Friday night when the Wildcats ran them out of their own building. Facing a team with no proven secondary scoring options, an underclassmen blueline and a freshman goaltender, Michigan fell into the finesse style of hockey that plagued them last season. The Wolverines knew that they had to win the possession...
Maize n Brew Oct 18, 2014

Saturday Open Thread can take some time to relax

No Michigan today, but we still have a place for you to hang out. Today's slate of games may not be "can't miss", but there are a few intriguing match-ups...and we already know that there's no way for Michigan to lose, so sit back and relax for one week. Here are a few games you may want to keep an eye on: Noon 4 Baylor at West Virginia (FOX Sports 1) 14 Kansas State at 11 Oklahoma Iowa at Maryland Purdue at Minnesota 3:30 21 Texas A&M at 7 Alabama 8 Michigan State at Indiana 4:00 10 Georgia at Arkansas 7:00 Tennessee at 3 Ole Miss 8:00 5 Notre Dame at 2 Florida State So that's just a brief...
Maize n Brew Oct 17, 2014

MnB Roundtable Fills the Time

There's no risk of Michigan losing this week, so instead the gang talks about bye week activities and some college football games to watch. Hey look at that! Michigan won a game! What did you like, what did you hate? Put on your coaching hat and point out some things Michigan has to do on their bye week to not get obliterated by Michigan State. SHASH: I'M BACK! Uhh. just in time? I'm going to say they have to do everything possible to take the pressure off Devin Gardner to make plays on his own. It's an easy answer but things like crisp route running, making sure the H-back blocks the right...

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