Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. My thanks to Trevor for guest writing the Brews last week. Now we’re back and ready to bring you the latest from the world of Michigan sports.
Let’s get to it:
Women’s basketball snag two conference wins. Kim Barnes Arico’s team bounced back from last weekend’s lost to Michigan State with two quality wins in conference this past weekend. First, the Wolverines edged No. 13 Iowa in a high-scoring affair on Friday, 90-81. Then, Michigan went on the road to Madison and pulled out a 76-70 win over Wisconsin. The two wins move the Wolverines to 14-9 (5-6) on the season. They next play against Nebraska on Thursday.
Hockey splits the weekend against Minnesota. You may be noticing a theme this year with hockey, and that is splitting weekend series against Big Ten opponents. At some point last year, the Wolverines turned the corner and started winning—and didn’t stop until the Frozen Four. That seems to not be happening for Mel Pearson’s squad in year two. This past weekend, hockey chopped the weekend series with the Gophers—taking Friday’s game 4-2, and dropping Saturday’s 3-4. The split moves the team to 10-11-6 (6-7-4) on the season. Next weekend they have a weekend series against Michigan State.
Men’s and Women’s tennis have big weekend. I don’t often write about the tennis programs here in the Brews, but this past weekend bears mentioning. Both the men’s and women’s teams earned two wins and beat ranked opponents. The men topped Cornell (4-1) and No. 18 Oklahoma (4-2), while the women bested Michigan State (6-1) and No. 6 Texas (6-1). The men’s team is now 3-2 (0-0) on the season, while the women are now 3-1 (1-0). The men will be back in action this weekend against Washington and Central Florida, while the women are off for the next two weeks.
Wrestling takes first lost of the year at No. 1 Penn State. It was probably not going to last all season, but the Wolverines came close. Michigan’s undefeated streak came to an end this past Friday against the No. 1 Nittany Lions of Penn State. The Wolverines took three of the first four bouts, making it look like it could be Michigan’s day, but Penn State took the last six bouts to win 11-25. Michigan is now 9-1 (5-1) on the year. They’ll be back in action against Northwestern on Sunday.
Just going to leave this here. Go Blue.