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Football, Basketball, Baseball - a little bit of everything in this morning’s Brews

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Michigan v Louisville
Guess who’s back
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Happy Thursday, and welcome to this morning’s Brews. We have something of a grab bag of content this morning. A little bit of everything from everywhere. First, we received basketball news yesterday, some good some bad. Baseball played their first game of the B1G Tournament and find themselves in the loser's bracket. We also have a football recruiting offer roundup for this week, a check in with Women’s golf, and a feature on John and Kathleen Beilein.

Let’s hit the links:

Decision day has come and gone, and Wagner returns while Wilson goes. This news isn’t entirely a surprise. Both had said that they would return if they were projected to be taken outside the first round. With word on the street that Wilson has received a guarantee from one team that they will take him with a first round pick, it’s easy to see why he chose to leave. Wilson’s departure turns our attention to next season, and our very own Andrew McDonald gave his take on where this leaves the team. Another thing to keep in mind is that there’s now an open scholarship. Perhaps Michigan re-enters the fray for Pitt. grad transfer Cameron Johnson.

Michigan has been busy on the recruiting trail this week, sending out nine new offers to recruits in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 classes, according to Brice Marich of Scout ($). Eight of the nine offers are to Florida recruits, evidencing Harbaugh and staff’s continued emphasis on competing for recruits in the Southeast. Among the 2019 recruits offered are Kaiir Elam (CB), Braylen Ingraham (DE), Jahmar Brown (OLB), Jaden Davis (CB), Jordan Battle (S), Pierce Quick (OL), and Joshua Sanguinetti (S). Also offered were Dejmi Dumervil (2018 OL/DL) and Marcus Dumervil (2020 OL).

Michigan Baseball entered the B1G Tournament with the #2 seed, but that didn’t save them from a tough first round matchup. During their first-round matchup, Michigan fell to Northwestern by the score of 6-4. Having taken a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning, Michigan cruised until the 9th - when Northwestern exploded for three runs. Michigan will now face Indiana, who is the six seed. The Hoosiers lost a close 5-4 game to Minnesota. First pitch is scheduled for 10 AM this morning on BTN.

Elodie Van Dievoet kept up her streak of great play at the NCAA Finals and earned herself second team All-America honors. Van Dievoet set a post-season University record, shooting 68 in the final round. That score was good enough to move her into a tie for fourth place, also a record for a Michigan individual golfer. The Wolverines, as a team, finished in a tie for 16th place.

We all remember that day back in March, Michigan Basketball finishing the season strong and about to travel to Washington, DC for the B1G Tournament. This feature from the Detroit Free Press goes in-depth with John Beilein and his wife Kathleen, who was on the plane that day. The story starts out with this rather evocative lede, and I recommend clicking the link above and reading the rest of it. “It was March 8, just after 2:50 p.m., when the pilot of the MD-80 twin-engine jet carrying most of the U-M basketball program pushed the throttle forward. The plane began to roll, faster and faster, until it reached 174 m.p.h., and the pilot eased back the yoke.

Nothing happened.”