Michigan-Michigan State the Next North Carolina-Duke? Tom Izzo, John Beilein Opine

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Before Michigan and Michigan State played for the Big Ten Tournament title, in what was their third meeting this this season, both head coaches discussed the growing significance of their heated rivalry. Both Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and Michigan head man John Beilein opined on the idea of MSU-Michigan being/one day becoming on par with North Carolina-Duke.

Playing for the third time in a span of just three weeks, the Michigan-Michigan State blood feud is becoming more relevant and entertaining by the year.

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Trey Burke Considering NBA

When Michigan fell to 13-seeded Ohio in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, its quest for its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1994 was definitively lost, but the Wolverines may be on the verge of suffering an even bigger loss in the near future.

Freshman point guard Trey Burke, who led the Wolverines in scoring (14.8 ppg) and assists (4.6 apg), is considering entering the NBA draft, according to TheWolverine.com. According to his father, Benji Burke, two of the major factors weighing heavily in his decision are the way elevated his play at the end of the season as well as the relatively weak pool of point guards in this year’s draft class.

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Fighting Illini’s tournament hopes on life support, need win against Michigan


After a 1-9 stretch that included losses at Penn State, Minnesota, Nebraska, a torrent of criticism directed at Bruce Weber and a crying Meyers Leonard, Illinois managed to revive their at-large hopes with an 11-point win over Iowa on Sunday. It was their first double digit win since early in the preconference.

Beating the Hawkeyes likely won’t matter to the selection committee unless the Fighting Illini can turn around and upset the Wolverines on Thursday.

Michigan enters this Thursday matchup at Assembly Hall looking to right the ship after suffering a 14-point beatdown at home against Purdue. Freshman point guard Trey Burke struggled, as did nearly everybody else. The Wolverines need to prove that Saturday night’s result was a blip, and not an indication of bigger problems.

Although this isn’t a must-win for the Maize and Blue—as is the case for the Illini—losing two straight against two inferior opponents would be a bad sign heading into the Big Ten tournament next weekend.

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Michigan Proving Itself on the Road

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Hoisting 38 three-point shots on the road isn’t necessarily the best recipe for success, especially in the Big Ten, where there are no gimmes away from home. But for Michigan, a team that has struggled on the road much of the season, 14 of their 38 three-point attempts found net Tuesday night and that was enough for a, 67-55, overtime win at Northwestern.

Once again, super frosh Trey Burke led the way for the Wolverines, scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds. It was Burke’s quickness and court vision that frustrated NU’s 1-3-1 zone throughout regulation time, and it was Burke’s senior-like composure that KO’d the Wildcats in overtime.

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Michigan at Northwestern: can Wolverines carry momentum on the road?


Michigan picked up their most significant victory of the season Saturday night, edging Ohio State by five points in a game that had more to do with the Wolverines’ suffocating half court defense than any of the Buckeyes’ shortcomings on offense. The win pushed the Maize and Blue’s sterling record at  Crisler Arena  this season to 15-0.

In two key matchups where the Wolverines were at a perceived disadvantage, they came out on top: Trey Burke was better than Aaron Craft, and even more astonishing, Jordan Morgan was better than Jared Sullinger.

Impressive as it was, that victory won’t have any effect on how the Wolverines play Tuesday night when they go on the road to face a Northwestern team in dire need of a résumé-boosting win. Why? Michigan simply isn’t the same team away from home this season.

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Trey Burke leads Michigan in upset over Ohio State

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Trey Burke and Jared Sullinger were best friends growing up, and they both attended Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio. But on Saturday night, they were playing against each other, and it was all business.

Despite having won midweek at Minnesota, Sullinger and the Buckeyes came into Saturday’s night matchup in Ann Arbor needing a win in order to stay within striking distance of conference leading Michigan State, and more importantly, to stay in contention for a NCAA Tournament 1-seed. OSU had won six straight against the Wolverines, including a 15-point drubbing at Value City Arena on January 29.

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ESPN’s College Gameday Travels to Ann Arbor for Michigan-Ohio State game Saturday


Roughly five months ago, ESPN’s College Gameday graced the Michigan campus with its presence and played host to one of the most exciting games ever witnessed at the Big House. It was the first night game in the stadium’s history, and Notre Dame was the selected opponent for first-year head coach Brady Hoke’s first big test.

The Maize and Blue lived up to the hype, topping the Golden Domers, 35-31, thanks to a last-minute touchdown pass by star quarterback Denard Robinson.

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#20 Michigan Wolverines: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

After suffering through some growing pains with a very young roster, John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines matured late in the season nearly knocking off Duke in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.  With everybody but Darius Morris returning, Michigan figures to make some serious noise in the Big Ten this season.

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Wizards John Wall Mentors Michigan Wolverines Darius Morris

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Michigan Wolverines point guard Darius Morris is a hot prospect in this year’s NBA Draft. Part of that is due to his breakout sophomore season. Part of it is because he’s getting mentored by some of the best and biggest names in the game. Like Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, the #1 pick in last year’s draft.

“He checks in with me every once in awhile, sending me a text message here and there to see how things are going,” Morris said.

“Things were a little different for him obviously going through this process, because he was a first round pick. He didn’t have to work out too much, but he knows to just keep working hard every day to take advantage of any opportunity that you get,” he continued.

By Paul M. Banks

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#1 Ohio State Stays Unbeaten With Win Over Michigan

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With the 62-53 win over Michigan on Thursday night, the Buckeyes move to 23-0 – their second-best start in school history. For those thinking this team will lose one of their next eight remaining games, history begs to differ as Ohio State is 37-1 against the Big Ten when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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