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Michigan junior forward D.J. Wilson

What D.J. Wilson’s big weekend in Washington means for Michigan, hockey sweeps Penn State, and more

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize-and-Blue, your favorite school.

Today is Monday, March 13, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Much attention is being paid to the play of senior point guard Derrick Walton – as it should – during Michigan’s run to the Big Ten Tournament title, but don’t forget about the other guys. Walton has been the catalyst, but if the Wolverines are going to continue their strong run in the NCAA Tournament they’ll need more performances like the one they got from D.J. Wilson in Washington.

Michigan (24-11) is the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region and will open against No. 10 Oklahoma State (20-12) at 12:15 p.m. ET Friday in Indianapolis.

Senior Zak Irvin was named to the all-tournament team along with Walton, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Wilson made a strong case to be on that team as well. The 6-foot-10 junior scored in double figures in three of the four games, including 26 points in the 74-70 overtime win against top-seeded Purdue in the quarterfinals. Wilson shot 60.4 percent (26 of 43) from the field.

He was 8 for 11 against Wisconsin in the championship game to go along with six rebounds and three assists.

Given the circumstances, this is as well as Wilson has played all season. He had 22 rebounds in the tournament, 18 on the defensive end, four blocked shots and a couple of steals.

Sweep!

Michigan’s hockey team closed out its regular season with a sweep of No. 11 Penn State at Yost Ice Arena. The two teams will face each other again on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at Joe Lewis Arena in Detroit.

Senior Zach Nagelvoort made 46 saves in a 4-0 shutout on Saturday night.

Track & field scores at nationals

Michigan athletes had good weekends at the NCAA indoor track & field national meet at Texas A&M.

Juniors Grant Cartwright and Joe Ellis took second and seventh place, respectively, in the weight throw, while junior Erin Finn came up with her second straight second-place finish in the 5,000 meters. The distance medley relay finished fifth, while senior Gina Serano earned a second-team All-American spot in the 3,000 meters.

Finn is the first woman to twice run under 15:30 in the 5,000 at the national indoor meet. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-track/recaps/031117aaa.html

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