Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. This morning we’re checking in with two teams who just wrapped up their respective NCAA Tournaments and two more teams who still have a ways to go before they get to theirs. Also, as a reminder, Michigan hockey made their tournament as a two seed and will play this coming Saturday.
Let’s get to it:
Final from Waco: Baylor 80, Michigan 58. U-M finishes the season with 23 wins, second-most in program history. #goblue pic.twitter.com/LiKTbcYcao— Michigan Women’s Basketball (@umichwbball) March 19, 2018
Women’s basketball was bounced from the NCAA tournament in the second round, falling to two-seed Baylor 80-58. It was a close game early, with Baylor leading by one after the first quarter, but things got away from the Wolverines after that. An eight point deficit at halftime because a 17 point deficit after three quarters, and Baylor cruised in the fourth. Michigan had beaten ten-seed Northern Colorado 75-61 to set up the second-round matchup with Baylor. Kim Barnes Arico’s squad finished with 23 wins on the season, second most in program history.
Final team standings! #NCAAwrestling— NCAA Wrestling (@ncaawrestling) March 18, 2018
1. Penn State
2. Ohio State
T4. NC State pic.twitter.com/jKUdbsgssr
Michigan tied for fourth place in the final team standings of the NCAA wrestling championships. The Big Ten was well-represented, taking the top-4 spots. Two Michigan wrestlers earned national runner-up honors, Stevan Micic at 133 pounds and Adam Coon in the heavyweight division. Coon reprised his battle with Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder. In another close match, Snyder defeated Coon 3-2 to claim his third NCAA championship. Micic was defeated 13-8 by top-seeded Seth Gross from South Dakota State in the 133 pound division. Eighty teams were represented in the tournament.
That's a sweep!#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/Kf77TNoPUn— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) March 18, 2018
Michigan baseball returned to winning form this past weekend with a sweep over Bowling Green. Michigan opened the weekend with an 8-6 victory on Friday, before taking the Saturday and Sunday games by similar margins (10-7, 5-4). This is the first time Michigan has won three games in a row this season. The Wolverines are 7-11 on the year following a rough start to March. The team will be back in action against Oakland this afternoon.
How SWEEP it is! #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/ub3Rk6muCw— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) March 18, 2018
Softball also swept the weekend, winning all of their games in decisive fashion at the Miami Invitational. Michigan bested Dayton and tournament hosts Miami (OH) on Saturday, both by the score of 7-0. On Sunday, Michigan topped Robert Morris 14-0 in a run-rule shortened game and Fort Wayne by the score of 7-0. The strong weekend puts Michigan at 22-6 on the season, and the Wolverines have now won 16 in a row dating back to February 24th. They’ll be back in action tomorrow afternoon against Central Michigan.