Michigan basketball story inspiring other teams, one more trip to the Joe, history for lacrosse, 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 Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …


The story of the Michigan basketball team has captivated college basketball. The Wolverines went from surviving an aborted takeoff on their scheduled charter flight to the Big Ten Tournament last week to winning the tournament title.

Now, the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament takes its “Why not us?” attitude to the NCAA Tournament this week as the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region. The Wolverines (24-11) will face No. 10 Oklahoma State (20-12) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday at 12:15 p.m. (ET).

Jim Larranaga’s University of Miami team is on the other half of the Midwest Region bracket from Michigan. The Hurricanes are seeded eighth and take on No. 9 Michigan State. Larranaga said how the Wolverines handled their situation last week has inspired his team as the Hurricanes prepare for tournament play.

“One of the things you can observe around the country is how different coaches and different teams respond to adversity,” Larranaga said, per the Sun Sentinel. “I’m so impressed with what [Michigan coach] John Beilein and the University of Michigan basketball team did after a near-fatal accident. They came off of an airplane that could have ended all their lives. … They had to play their first-round game in their practice gear. And not only did they play, but they played great and won by 20 points [against Illinois]. Then they go on and win the tournament.”

One more time at the Joe

The Big Ten hockey tournament kicks off Thursday in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena, the last time the home of the Detroit Red Wings will host college hockey before its scheduled demolition this year. The Red Wings and the NBA Detroit Pistons will play at the new Little Caesars Arena when it opens in the fall.

Michigan is the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 Penn State, with the winner advancing to face No. 1 Minnesota.

Michigan is coming off a home sweep of Penn State last weekend, including a 4-0 shutout on Saturday night in which senior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort made 46 saves. He was named the Big Ten’s First Star for the final week of the regular season.

Milestone win for LAX

The men’s lacrosse team had never beaten a ranked opponent before knocking off No. 10 Penn, 13-12, last Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The win improved the team’s record to 7-1.

Senior Ian King was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick to go along with 2 assists.

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