It was a tough weekend for Michigan Sports in general. The Hockey team split with a very, very bad Bowling Green team and the Basketball team suffered another loss to a team with a legit big man. But today is another day. A chance to make a difference or to do something different. So, let's take a look around the ‘sphere and see what's happening.
Michigan Drops a Close One to OSU, 65-58
Due to family obligations I wasn't able to catch this one live. But judging by the comments and the morning papers it's probably better for my blood pressure I missed it.
According to the Ann Arbor news, Michigan was in business until BJ Mullens and Evan turner exposed Michigan's biggest weakness: the lack of interior defense on opposing big men. The Free Press continued on this theme and pointed out the toll defending these guys is having on DeShawn Sims (Sims went 4-of-13). The Press also pointed out that outside of a prayer three pointer with 11 seconds left, Manny Harris didn't score in the final 12 minutes.
What this all means, according to the Detroit News, is that unless Michigan heats up against Penn State and steals what will be a very difficult road game, a once promising season could begin to spiral out of control. Rival's is crystal clear on this point, without stealing a game or two on the road there won't be a tourney invite. And it's not just the stars that need to get cooking, Zack Novak (1-of-4, five points), Kelvin Grady (2-of-5, five points) and Laval Lucas-Perry (1-of-5, two points), didn't do much and shot a combined 2-of-12 on 3-pointers. Beilein said the opportunities to win the game were there, just the young Wolverines weren't able to capitalize on them.
Also of note, the 1989 National Championship team was honored at halftime. As always, UM Hoops has your post game post mortem. Wrap up of the game later today/tomorrow.
Hockey Team Scores One Goal Over Weekend, Manages Split With Bowling Green.
It wasn't just the basketball team that went ice cold at a crucial time this weekend. Michigan's Hockey team only managed to net a single goal this weekend against 8-13-3 Bowling Green. Coming off a sweep of second place Miami, the Wolverines sent 29 shots on net Friday, but came away empty handed in a 0-3 loss at Yost. This marked the fourth time this season Michigan's been on the wrong side of a shutout. In an odd turn of events, this time it was Bryan Hogan who took the loss due to lack of offensive support.
The Saturday rematch went marginally better for the Wolverines as they sent 39 shots on net and snuck out of BGSU with a 1-0 win. Billy Sauer turned away 19 shots for the shutout. If it's worth some solace, MSU beat Miami, so the race for second in the CCHA and a first round home game remains on.
Junior captain Chris Summers was slammed into the boards 23 seconds into the game and did not return after the first period. According to The Ann Arbor News, Berenson said Summers suffered a head injury and didn't know the extent of the injury.
Now if you're looking for a pick-me-up, there is some good news. Mark Mitera is back on the ice and skating with the team.
"Personally, I think I should be able to play (by the end of the season)," Mitera said. "I need to make sure everything heals properly. I don't want to take any risks at this point, but that's my goal, to get back for one more game at Yost."
Rich Rodriguez reported some progress was made on the DC front, but that no decisions had been made. Michigan is still without a DC.
After a week of watching his stock plummet during one on ones, Morgan Trent stood out in the East-West Shrine game in a good way, picking a pass and returning it to the bad guys' 18 yard line. Terrance Taylor also played for the East, but no word on his performance. If you've got a box score, or some video, please send it my way.
Meh News on the Recruiting Front
First the good news, four star wide out Je'Ron Stokes visited Ann Arbor this past weekend and had an "eye opening" experience according to Rivals. This is good, Michigan needs another receiver in this class pretty badly.
Now the bad news. Pearlie Graves, whose commitment has always been considered fairly soft, enjoyed his weekend at Tennessee. Unfortunately, the same can be said of DeQuinta Jones' visit to Auburn. I'll let Brian and Tim do the ‘splainin.
Around the ‘Sphere
- Much like Michigan, Minnesota's having trouble dealing with success. Over the weekend the Varmint Cong dropped a close one to Northwestern on the hardwood. LTP is enjoying the ‘Cat's new found success above the rim.
- Our Honor Defend celebrates the man, ney, the legend, of Andy Katzenmoyer. The Brian Bozworth of the 1990's.
- While I have never personally cared for the way NCAA President Myles Brand has handled certain aspects of his office, I have generally felt he has done what he thinks is best for college athletes and is an honorable man. So I was greatly saddened to hear he was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately for Mr. Brand and his family, he also announced that his long term prognosis is "not good." Mr. Brand, we at Maize n Brew wish you a speedy recovery and hope that you, like so my of the athletes you govern, can overcome this hurdle.
- UM Varsity Blue has your rundown of the University's positions on adding new sports teams and the requirements for doing so. Cool, interesting stuff.
- Black Shoe Diaries mourns the fact the Economists are finding their way into college football recruiting.
- The Onion has some fun at Tim Tebow's expense. (HT: the Wiz)
- Finally, Dr. Saturday takes a look at Non-conference Scheduling and the BCS.