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 Tuesday, Feb. 14, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
It’s not as if Michigan’s football facilities are in shambles, but head coach Jim Harbaugh has his sights on upgrading the weight room.
Athletic director Warde Manuel and Kevin Hegarty, executive vice-president/chief financial operator at UM, submitted a request to the board of regents for a $21-million project at the Bennie Oosterbaan Field House complex. The complex serves as the indoor facility for lacrosse, as well as the indoor practice facility for various intercollegiate, club and intramural sports.
The proposed project would create a 32,000-square foot weight room. It would also address enhancements to the field house that include replacing the existing roof, installing new fire alarm and suppression systems, and upgrading the heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
Harbaugh has been raising money for the project since he was hired on Dec. 30, 2014, according to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.
The women’s basketball team moved up a spot in this week’s AP poll, from No. 21 to No. 20, after wins at Purdue and against Wisconsin. The Wolverines are 21-5 overall and sit in third place in the Big Ten at 10-2. They trail only No. 2 Maryland (25-1, 13-0) and No. 12 Ohio State (22-5, 12-1) in the conference standings.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) February 13, 2017
Michigan plays at fourth-place Indiana (17-8, 7-5) on Thursday night before hosting Michigan State (16-9, 6-6) on Sunday. The Wolverines can set a program record for wins in a season with another perfect week. The 1999-2000 and 2012-13 teams each won 22 games.
Big Ten honors
Good weeks for several Michigan athletes resulted in Big Ten honors on Monday. Senior Megan Betsa was named the Big Ten pitcher of the week in softball, while senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. was named co-player of the week, and senior Nicole Artz gymnast of the week.
Betsa struck out 27 batters and allowed just one earned run in 17 innings at the Wilson-Demarini tournament in Tampa, Fla., where No. 6 Michigan went 3-2. She threw all 10 innings in a 2-1 loss to No. 4 Florida.
Walton has scored at least 20 points in five straight games and led the Wolverines to wins against Michigan State and at Indiana last week. He made 14 of 23 shots from the field, including 5 of 6 six 3-point attempts he took, and all 12 of his free throws, as Michigan State improved its NCAA Tournament hopes with the wins.
Artz won her third conference gymnast of the week award and fourth overall weekly honor of the season. She set a personal best score of 39.575 in the all-around competition in a win over Michigan State. It is the 11th time Artz has been named Big Ten gymnast of the week in her career.
Junior guard Katelynn Flaherty made the Big Ten honor roll, averaging 24 points in Michigan’s two wins last week. She had a team-high 35 points in Sunday’s win against Wisconsin.
- The annual ceremony honoring the Detroit Free Press Dream Team will be held Wednesday night in Dearborn. The state of Michigan chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame hosts the event at the Dearborn Inn. Seven of the eight in-state players on this year’s Michigan recruiting class are on the team, led by wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones. Tickets are $40 for the 7 p.m. dinner ceremony, with a reception beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling (248) 528-2860 ext 222, or at the door.
- There are collapses/comebacks, and then there is what happened in Lawrence, Kan., on Monday night. West Virginia led Kansas by 14 points with 2:58 left to play but rallied for an 84-80 win in overtime. And Tom Brady wasn’t even involved.
- Land of 10’s Corey Masisak looks at the biggest offseason questions for each team in the Big Ten East.