Record crowd at Crisler, another pool party and Big Ten title for Michigan, a slam dunk champ and more …
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Today is Monday, Feb. 20, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
The Crisler Center had never sold out for a Michigan women’s basketball game until Sunday, when 12,707 showed up to watch the No. 20 Wolverines play rival Michigan State.
Unfortunately for the crowd and for Michigan, Michigan State senior guard Tori Jankoska and the Spartans ruined the celebration with an 86-68 win. Jankoska scored 28 points to deal Michigan (21-7, 10-4 Big Ten) a second consecutive loss for the first time this season.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) February 19, 2017
As Steve Kornacki of MGoBlue.com says, this Michigan team now faces a new challenge, that of being a contender instead of a team hoping to contend. The Wolverines aren’t sneaking up on anyone anymore.
“If I could just thank the Michigan fans and the crowd today, it was incredible,” head coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “And I’m so happy our seniors got to be a part of that because of what they’ve meant to our program.
“That was an unbelievable, incredible atmosphere, and obviously wasn’t the outcome we wanted. But in my first year here (2012-13), we had a great crowd and it was mostly green, which was horrible. So today it was mostly maize and blue, and it was unbelievable.”
Michigan wraps up the regular season with Senior Night against Nebraska on Thursday before traveling to Penn State on Sunday. The Big Ten tournament begins March 1 in Indianapolis. Michigan clinches the No. 3 seed with a win in one of its final two regular-season games.
Big Ten champions … again
The women’s swimming and diving team captured its second straight and 16th overall Big Ten championship this past weekend with 1,287 points over the four-day competition. The Wolverines led Indiana by just 14.5 points heading into Saturday’s final day but won by 162 points after 26 of the 28 competitors on the roster scored points.
It’s the first time since 1997-98 that the team has won back-to-back conference championships.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Yirong Bi, Siobhan Haughey, Gabby DeLoof and G Ryan came in first place. Ryan added individual victories in the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle events, while Haughey won the 200 freestyle. Michigan had 18 performers achieve personal bests during the meet.
Watch the celebration reaction video courtesy the Lafayette Courier & Journal.
Slam dunk champ
Former Michigan player Glenn Robinson III won the NBA Slam Dunk contest Saturday night in New Orleans during the NBA All-Star game weekend.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 19, 2017
- Basketball coach John Beilein wasn’t happy Minnesota shot 41 free throws in Sunday’s 83-78 win over Michigan at Williams Arena. Minnesota shot 45 free throws at home against Michigan State earlier this season.
- Land of 10’s Sean Keeler on how Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong is willing to show the NFL he can be more than a quarterback.
- How DeMarcus Cousins found out he had been traded from Sacramento to New Orleans.
- Baseball split its opening four-game series of the season with Seton Hall in Florida.
- Softball went 3-1 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Raleigh, N.C., beating host N.C. State twice and splitting with Notre Dame.
- Hockey dropped a pair of games at Wisconsin over the weekend.