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Breakfast of Victors

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh takes a stand, a road race to the end for John Beilein’s team 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 Wednesday, March 1, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …

Standing up for one’s beliefs isn’t easy. Doing it in 140 characters or less tends to lead to emotional reactions from all sides of that issue.

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh took a stand Tuesday over reports federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation could be among many cuts in President Trump’s first budget proposal. Harbaugh is a member of the Leaders Council for the LSC, which provides civil legal aid throughout the country to those in financial need.

Harbaugh let his tweet stand on its own.

‘Do it at their place’

Beating Big Ten leader Purdue last Saturday was as important a win as the men’s basketball team has had all season. It raised Michigan’s record to 19-10 overall and 9-7 in the conference with two road games to go in the regular season. That’s one game to the negative where they stood at this point last season, when they were 20-9, 10-6 with two games to play.

The Wolverines lost the last two games of the regular season to put themselves precariously on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament berth. A run to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, which included beating top-seeded Indiana, earned them one of the final four at-large berths and a trip to Dayton for the First Four against Tulsa.

Head coach John Beilein would prefer to close out this regular season with wins, starting Wednesday night at Northwestern (20-9, 9-7), a team that has lost five of its last seven games after a hot start.

“They know we’re in a situation right now that we have to play,” Beilein said.”We’ve actually been playing our best when our backs have been against the wall. Our back is still solidly to the wall. We did that (last year) at the Big Ten Tournament on a neutral court (a 72-70 OT win over the Wildcats).

“Now, we’ve got to go do it at their place in front of what will be a hostile atmosphere.”

Breakfast links

  • Men’s tennis is ranked in the Top 10 nationally for the first time since 2008, but the No. 9 Wolverines lost at No. 7 Cal, 4-3, on Tuesday
  • Women’s lacrosse lost 15-10 to No. 17 Stanford on Tuesday, but goalie Alli Kothari had a record-setting game
  • Watch and meet 2017 Michigan football recruit Brad Robbins in this “Next Generation” series preview