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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
Gary Grant and Jalen Rose are two of the best guards in Michigan basketball history. Derrick Walton Jr. put his name next to them in Tuesday night’s 86-57 rout of rival Michigan State at Crisler Center.
Walton scored 20 points and had eight assists, the last of which enabled him to join Grant and Rose as the only players in program history to reach 1,000 points, grab 400 rebounds and have 400 assists.
Walton gave up the ball to forward Moritz Wagner for a basket with 5:07 left to play to give the Wolverines a 76-51 lead in what turned out to be the biggest blowout victory for them against Michigan State since 1996.
“It’s an honor, man,” said Walton after the win that improved Michigan to 15-9 on the season. “I didn’t notice it, I didn’t know what was going on, and when they told me, I was in awe. I’m really thankful — thankful for the opportunity to come here, thankful for coach (John) Beilein having faith in me, a young kid from Detroit, to have trust in me to run this team. To be able to accomplish something and be with such elite couple is a blessing.”
Walton reached 20 points for the fourth straight game and for the fifth time in the last seven games. He is averaging 19.7 points in that span to raise his scoring average to a team-best 14.3 points per game. Walton made 7 of 10 field goals against the Spartans, including all three 3-point attempts he took, and added five rebounds. He turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes of play.
“In the last month or so he’s just been a junkyard dog, just going after stuff and really competing at a really high level and doing everything he can to be the best player he can be,” Beilein said. “It’s no secret. I am really tough on point guards because I want (that) they have got to be thinking like the coach out there. … His focus, he’s so dialed in right now, it’s great to see.”
The three players in Michigan history to score more than 1,000 points, grab at least 400 rebounds and hand out at least 400 assists.
|Derrick Walton Jr.||1,224||493||400|
Up to 30
The football recruiting class reached 30 players on Tuesday when punter Brad Robbins of Westerville (Ohio) South signed his letter of intent. Robbins (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) averaged 41 yards per punt last season and is rated among the nation’s top punters by scouting services Kornblue Kicking (No. 1), ProKicker.com (No. 3) and Kohl’s Kicking (No. 4).
Truly honored to officially be a Wolverine. Thank you for all of the support!〽️? pic.twitter.com/XBthtoObpy
— Brad Robbins (@brobb713) February 7, 2017
Glow sticks just make everything better. They certainly lit up Crisler Center Tuesday night.
They're getting the show on the road here at Crisler Center – love the glow sticks pic.twitter.com/brcnOD9mRp
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziCMG) February 8, 2017
- Big Ten lacrosse member Johns Hopkins pulls off the hidden ball trick in a win vs. Navy.
- The Michigan women’s soccer team has announced the signing of 11 players to national letters of intent. The class includes players from six different states and Canada.
- The University of Michigan Alumni Association will be hosting an event at the Audubon Country Club in Naples, Fla., on Feb. 21 with a couple of special guests.