Even the fierce Michigan-Michigan State hoops rivalry couldn’t keep Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III from remaining close. The longtime friends, who both grew up in Indiana and had a parent star at Purdue, have been working out together in preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Our Jim Jackson sat down with the former Big Ten stars for a fun feature.
Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III both declared for the NBA draft at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Fellow sophomore Mitch McGary is still weighing his future plans. Stauskas leaving is no shock. He’s generally projected to be a first-round pick, just outside the lottery. But Robinson’s planned hop to the pros is a mild surprise, as he had an up-and-down campaign. [ MORE: Who’s on the move? See B1G NBA draft entrants, transfers ] Stauskas took his game to another level in 2013-14, adding an effective dribble-drive game to his unmatched razor-sharp shooting skills en route to averaging 17.5
Michigan claimed its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 in Tuesday night’s 84-53 victory at Illinois. The Wolverines, who won a share of the 2012 crown, have now been on top of the Big Ten in two of the last three seasons. For fun, I decided to highlight some of the top moments along the way to the outright crown. There are many top moments, but these are the ones that stick out the most. What do you think? [ MORE: Michigan tops Stephen Bardo’s Big Ten Power Rankings ] 5. Nik Stauskas hits clutch stepback trey to seal
Michigan clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend, as it took care of business against Minnesota at home while Michigan State was upset by Illinois in East Lansing. Michigan mostly let Minnesota hang around until the last couple of minutes until it flipped the #WinTheGame switch. For once, Michigan’s defense showed up, as it held the opponent to under a point per possession for the first time since the first week of February. Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, and Glenn Robinson III once again powered the offense, combining for 46 points on 36 shots. For Minnesota,
Three days ago, Glenn Robinson III made the overtime buzzer-beater to drop Purdue and keep Michigan in sole possession of first place. On Saturday, the sophomore forward helped lead the Wolverines past Minnesota and to a share of the Big Ten crown. Robinson also combined with star Nik Stauskas on a highlight-reel alley-oop in the first half that you’ll want to see. Watch the highlight in the post. [ MORE: Glenn Robinson III dances around during shootaround ] MUST SEE: @umichbball sophomore Glenn Robinson III just threw down a dunk that will make your jaw drop. WATCH – http://t.co/MLgxVym3rZ —
Michigan sits in first place and is eying its first outright Big Ten crown since 1985-86, so it’s only normal that the Wolverines are having fun. That applies on the court, on the bench, and in warmups. See Glenn Robinson III, he of the buzzer-beating game-winner Wednesday night, having a good time during shootaround. Glenn Robinson III ™ https://t.co/6gu6Js9FgS — Mitch McGary (@mitchmcgary) March 1, 2014 Speaking of Michigan dances, it’s tough to top this Andrew Dakich one: About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes
Penn State celebrated an early senior night (the Nittany Lions still have another home game remaining, but I guess they didn’t like their chances against Wisconsin) by rallying from an 11-point first half deficit to take down Ohio State. PSU got a big game out of junior guard D.J. Newbill (23 points, 9 shots), who had a better game than LaQuinton Ross (19 points, 12 shots). I mention those two because, outside of them, there was not a lot of offense. Tim Frazier had 16 points, but it took 12 shots to get there and it came with 6 turnovers.
Needing a bucket in the final seconds to avoid an overtime loss at Purdue, whose number did John Beilein call? Nik Stauskas? Nope. Out of a timeout, and with 2.9 seconds left, the Wolverines sent the inbound pass to Glenn Robinson III. It was a dangerous pass, but Robinson III hauled it in, drove to the bucket, and put up a shot that danced on the rim before going down. Watch the game-winner below: INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @umichbball's Glenn Robinson III hits the buzzer-beater to beat his daddy's team in OT. WATCH – http://t.co/CaE0LO6CJp — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) February 27,
Glenn Robinson III in the open floor is a wonderful thing to watch. It’s even better when he’s in the open floor and one of his Michigan teammates lobs an alley-oop his way. That was the case in Tuesday night’s 80-67 win vs. Penn State, and Robinson III didn’t disappoint at all on the transition alley-oop. Watch the highlight and another one of his dunks in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Buckle up! Glenn Robinson III just threw down a nasty @umichbball transition alley-oop. WATCH – http://t.co/Oc6VsJZVhe — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) January 15, 2014 That wasn’t the only nice dunk
A total of four Big Ten players were selected in the first round of this past June’s 2013 NBA Draft, and it looks like that number could go up the following year. SI.com recently released a list of the top 20 prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft and four Big Ten products appeared on the big board. Michigan sophomore forward Mitch McGary is the first Big Ten player to make the list, coming in at No. 11. [ More: 5 B1G Teams in CBB Future Power Rankings ] “McGary hustles and plays with relentless energy on every possession,” said SI