Big Ten football power rankings: lipstick on a pig edition

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During Big Ten football Saturdays like this, how do you spin what happened? How do you put lipstick on these pigs? And even though Northwestern out-gained an AWFUL Western Michigan team by just 126 yards, they’ve still earned the second slot.

You can argue that a different Big Ten football team deserves to be there. But my argument is pretty solid for NU. Also, Illinois gave up 615 yards and lost “at home,” and yet they move UP not down this week.

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Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III returning to Michigan

With Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III coming back, just how good will the Wolverines be next year? Sure, they lost Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke to the NBA Draft. And that’s huge. But look how much they have coming back.

The #1 ranked power forward and #2 overall recruit in the nation (according to ESPNU) Mitch McGary picked the Michigan Wolverines, over the Duke Blue Devils or Florida Gators. Now he’s picking Ann Arbor over the NBA Draft. Maybe Michigan won’t be just a “college football school” any more?

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Michigan Wolverines Trey Burke: top ten NBA Draft pick?

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Trey Burke, sophomore point guard for the Michigan Wolverines was just named the Oscar Robertson national player of the year. And since only coaches and players care about these awards, we won’t expound on this any further. Articles/posts about awards are always web traffic killers.

Although it is interesting that this season has no clear-cut, defined #1 overall college basketball player. Trey Burke has exceeded expectations in Ann Arbor and brought the Wolverines to the Final Four this weekend. The Columbus, Ohio native and Big Ten Player of the Year led the Wolverines (30-7) to a 16-0 start, a number one national ranking (Jan. 28) and the school’s first Final Four appearance since 1993.

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Northwestern damages NCAA Tournament chances in losing to Michigan

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When Northwestern beat Minnesota on Saturday, the Wildcats were able to pull out the win with strong three-point shooting and ball security, despite a bad rebounding ratio. Tuesday night against Michigan, the Cats rebounded well, but turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 18.8 percent from beyond the arc.

The end result, a 67-55 loss, was the opposite of the Minnesota game, as well.

“In the second half we seemed worn down,” coach Bill Carmody said. “We turned the ball over 14 times, not unlike the game in Ann Arbor when we turned it over the same amount. We only made three “threes” up there and we made the same amount tonight.”

Guest post by Kevin Trahan of bigtenorbust.com, purplewildcats.com and the Daily Northwestern.

For post-game audio, and more analysis go here

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Illinois Fighting Illini Choke Away BTT Game to Wolverines

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There’s only one program to have reached (or received a bye into) the Big Ten Tournament quarter-finals every year in the tourney’s inception, and that’s the Illinois Fighting Illini. In fact out of the 13 conference tourneys, they’ve reached the semi-finals in every year except one. Make it two after today’s epic choke job.

The Illini (who have the most BTT wins all time with 23) were living and dying by the perimeter game all day and it came back to bite them. They stopped getting looks inside, forced up terrible shots and committed loads of turnovers down the stretch as the Wolverines ended up beating them 60-55.

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Tim Hardaway’s Kid Becoming Star for Michigan Wolverines

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Freshman Tim Hardaway Jr. has proven he was up to the task of starting at point guard for the Michigan Wolverines his rookie season in the Big Ten.

Hardaway Jr., who averaged 31 points a game in his senior year of high school, is Michigan’s second leading scorer this season. The son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr. has established himself as one of the top freshmen in the Big Ten as well, ranking second among his conference classmates in points per game.

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99 in 99: #92 Michigan Wolverines

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Here is the first “really?” prediction in my off-season “99 in 99” in which I am ranking the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-major college basketball programs in reverse power ranking order.  Michigan vastly disappointed last season and now faces the challenge of replacing their top two players.

By: David Kay
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Northwestern Wildcats Blow Out Michigan HarriSims at home

By Paul M. Banks

If I always refer to the one man team that is the Penn St. Nittany Lions as the “Penn State Talor Battles” than I must also (to stay true to the bit I stole from whoever the first scribe was to call the Cleveland Cavaliers the “Cleveland LeBrons”) refer to the two man team that is the Michigan Wolverines as the “Michigan HarriSims”. In reference to DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris.

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