Michigan Wolverines: William Buford

WolverineNation Roundtable 

March, 8, 2012
In the weekly roundtable discussion WolverineNation staff writers Tom VanHaaren, Michael Rothstein and Chantel Jennings examine three questions pertaining to Michigan football, basketball and recruiting.

1.) If you're in a touch football game, who's your first pick off this season's Michigan squad?

Tom Van Haaren: Denard Robinson. Who else would I need? He could run and I could eat and watch him score.
A season after I correctly picked Ohio State over Penn State in the Big Ten championship game prior to last season's Big Ten tournament -- the Buckeyes weren’t a stretch, the Talor Battle-led Nittany Lions were -- I’m back again to try and ferret out another successful Big Ten tournament bracket.

Having success last year means this year, well, it means nothing.

Especially because this season, with three teams sharing the regular season title and almost every team in the league competitive, it will be harder than ever. It is also why it is easy to see how going chalk this season could be a big mistake.

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Burke continues to add honors

March, 6, 2012
Freshman point guard Trey Burke added to his already impressive resume on Tuesday when he was named to one of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's (USBWA) All-District Teams.

Burke was one of two freshman (the other being Indiana's Cody Zeller) to be named to the District V team.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and senior Draymond Green were named Coach and Player of the Year for District V, respectively.

Joining Burke, Zeller and Green on the All-District team were Ohio State's William Buford and Jared Sullinger, Marquette's Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom, Purdue's Robbie Hummel, Northwestern's John Shurna and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.

Quick hits: Beilein on B1G call 

February, 13, 2012
Michigan coach John Beilein on the Big Ten teleconference on Monday:


  • ON HAVING MULTIPLE PLAYERS AS SCORING THREATS: "That's a key to our success so far. We have not had to rely on one or two guys to do it every day and if they didn't have a good game we wouldn't have a chance," Beilein said. "That would've made us more a .500 team right now." Beilein said the Wolverines' performance against Illinois was the closest his team has come to everyone having a solid game.
  • ON TALKING ABOUT CONFERENCE STANDINGS: Beilein said he'll address it in practice this week. "They don't look at the standings very often," Beilein said. "They know we're in it. Maybe they don't know how close it is and how it can change so quickly with a few wins here and there."

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Michigan's run either in sole possession or tied for first place in the Big Ten is over. Ohio State's 64-49 win over the Wolverines in Columbus on Sunday afternoon took care of that.

In reality, though, this was always going to be one of Michigan's toughest games of the season -- on the road against one of the top teams in the country. It is a matchup where the Wolverines -- like they did on Sunday -- have to almost sell out defensively on doubling Ohio State star Jared Sullinger, allowing for open offensive rebounds and kick-outs for 3-pointers.

That, along with offensive struggles, were the difference in the game. Here are three major factors to what happened in Value City Arena on Sunday afternoon.

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Michigan Wolverines mailbag

December, 28, 2011
Ann Arbor, Mich. -- The holiday festivities are spilling over in Ann Arbor and it seems like an extended party for Wolverines fans as they anticipate the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the start of the Big Ten season for the basketball team.

Brings me back to my childhood days of waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. I never asked for a bowl game or a Big Ten season, though.

But with the excitement, we’re sure there are plenty of questions. We love hearing from our readers and answering what questions you have. The mailbag, though, is only as good as what you ask. Questions for next week's mailbag can be sent to michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com.

Now, on to this week's questions.

Webster Hall, New Orleans: Is Michigan football back? Would it take a BCS bowl win in Brady Hoke’s first year to solidify that view?

A: What a win would do for the Wolverines is boost excitement around the program from alumni, fans and recruits. But players around the program have given differing views about whether Michigan football is back or not. I think fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen said it best when he told me last week, “I don’t know if I’ll say Michigan football is back until we put together three or four big-time years of football that people are used to seeing. Michigan isn’t going to be back because of one year. It’ll be back because of multiple years of Big Ten championships.”

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Michigan C Cites Concussions In Decision To Quit
Joe Schad discusses how concussions and a concern over long-term health have helped Michigan center Jack Miller decide not to play football his senior year.