Michigan and the revenge factor, women’s hoops host St. John’s, a Next Generation trip, 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 Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Michigan got a measure of revenge against Louisville on Sunday when it beat the Cardinals, 72-69, in Indianapolis. That win moves the Wolverines into the Midwest Regional semifinals against Oregon on Thursday night in Kansas City.
The revenge card is being turned toward Michigan in this game, at least by one Oregon player.
Oregon v. Michigan. Dillon Brooks v. DJ Wilson. It's happened before in 2014. Ducks want "payback and revenge". https://t.co/piFTjibI9M
— Steve Mims (@SteveMims_RG) March 20, 2017
Michigan, ranked No. 19, beat Oregon 70-63 in the Legends Classic on Nov. 24, 2014, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Wolverines were led by then-sophomore Zak Irvin (19 points) and junior guard Caris LeVert (18 points).
Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup is the fifth all-time meeting between the schools. Michigan has won the previous four games, including a 78-53 victory in the 2004 NIT semifinals. That is the only other postseason meeting between the two schools.
Michigan (25-11) is a No. 7 seed, while Oregon (31-5) is seeded No. 3. The Wolverines have historically had success when they’ve reached this stage of the NCAA Tournament. They are 12-2 all-time in the Sweet 16, and they’ve won both times they’ve faced a No. 3 seed.
Women’s team hosts St. John’s in WNIT
Before the men’s basketball team faces Oregon in the NCAA Tournament, the women’s team will host St. John’s in the third round of the WNIT. Tip-off is 6 p.m. Thursday at Crisler Center.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) March 20, 2017
Michigan defeated Kent State and Wright State in the first two rounds of the tournament, while St. John’s has wins against Sacred Heart and Harvard. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals against the winner of the Virginia Tech at Penn State game.
Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi is on the East Coast this week, checking in on a couple members of Michigan’s 2017 football recruiting class as part of our ongoing Next Generation series. She was in Darien, Conn., on Monday meeting with offensive lineman Andrew Stueber, who got his scholarship offer in an iconic spot.
You can read Rachel’s story on Stueber here, including her Facebook Live interview with him.
Land of 10 has more Next Generation visits lined up this week, so check back for the latest.
Pitcher of the week
Senior Megan Betsa tossed two shutouts, including her fourth career no-hitter, last weekend. The Big Ten took notice.
— Big Ten Softball (@B1Gsoftball) March 20, 2017
- The Denver Post has the story of former Michigan OL Michael Schofield, now with the Broncos, and his fiancée, U.S. women’s hockey national team member Kendall Coyne.
- It’s been found. The (Patriots) Nation can rest easy.
- A fourth straight Big Ten title earned the Michigan women’s gymnastics team its 27th NCAA regional appearance. The meet is April 1 at West Virginia.