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Breakfast of Victors

The busy day of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, men’s hoops beats Wisconsin, an Olympic showdown and more

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 Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …

Thursday was a busy day for Jim Harbaugh.

He got the funding approval he was looking for early in the day from the University of Michigan Board of Regents to upgrade the Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. By bedtime he was Twitter-bashing ESPN college football analyst Pete, err, Paul Finebaum.

It’s been a testy week between the state of Michigan and ESPN personalities. First it was Michigan State basketball head coach Tom Izzo against analyst Dan Dakich, and now it’s Harbaugh against Finebaum. Who’s next?

Big win for men’s hoops

Don’t expect John Beilein to get into a war of words with anyone at the World Wide Leader. He’s feeling good after Michigan rallied against No. 11 Wisconsin and pulled away for its most important win of the season, 64-58, at Crisler Center on Thursday night.

The Wolverines trailed by one point at halftime and by eight early in the second half but got 21 points from sophomore Moe Wagner and 18 from the previously slumping Zak Irvin to push past the Badgers. It didn’t hurt that the Wolverines turned up the defense on Wisconsin big man Ethan Happ in the second half.

Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi has Beilein’s post-game comments plus player reaction videos.

Zak Irvin

Moe Wagner

Derrick Walton, who despite my jinxing him with this article, was able to help the Wolverines to the victory by producing eight assists and four rebounds. He is now the only player in Michigan history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 400 assists.

Lost view

Michigan long snapper Scott Sypniewski announced on his Twitter page that he’ll be transferring to SEC-member Vanderbilt as a graduate student and playing for the Commodores next season. Sypniewski got fond farewells from backup quarterback, holder, and friend Garrett Moores.

DQ in the pool

An Olympic showdown at the Big Ten swimming and diving championships at Purdue on Thursday night end in the disqualification of Michigan sophomore Siobhan Haughey in the finals of the 200-meter individual medley.

Haughey, who swam for Hong Kong at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, beat Indiana sophomore and Rio double-gold medal winner Lilly King in the finals. But Haughey was DQ’d when it was ruled she did not finish the backstroke portion of the medley (a race combining four different stroke disciplines) on her back. King was declared the winner in a time of 1 minute, 55.90 seconds.

Michigan junior Clara Smiddy placed second in 1:56.15.

Indiana leads after the second day of the four-day competition with 393 points, followed by Wisconsin with 378.5. Michigan is third with 363.

Breakfast links

  • The No. 20 Michigan women’s basketball team saw its six-game winning streak end with a 72-61 loss at Indiana. The Wolverines (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten) host Michigan State on Sunday.
  • Schembechler Hall has some new wall hangings commemorating the 2016 season.

  •  The No. 11 Michigan softball team will face N.C. State and Notre Dame in four games this weekend in Raleigh, N.C., as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Big Ten went 20-12 against the ACC in last year’s challenge, with Michigan going 4-0 against Florida State and Virginia.