Michigan Senior Night at Crisler Center, John Beilein is #ChadTough and more …
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Siera Thompson and Danielle Williams will step out on the Crisler Center court for their final home game Thursday night, when the No. 25 Michigan women’s basketball team hosts Nebraska at 7 p.m. ET on Senior Night.
The duo are a part of coach Kim Barnes Arico’s first recruiting class and have helped the Wolverines (21-7, 10-4 Big Ten) to one of the best seasons in the program’s history. One more win would equal the most wins in a single season and clinch the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which begins next week in Indianapolis.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) February 22, 2017
Thompson has never missed a game in her career, playing in 132 games with 128 starts. She is second in the program’s all-time list for minutes played, 3-point shots made, assists, and she is 10th in scoring. Williams has played in 112 games with 43 starts. They have been team captains the past two seasons.
Men’s hoops fighting for Chad
John Beilein will be without a tie for the home game Saturday against No. 14 Purdue. So, too, will his staff members, and it’s all for a good cause.
Michigan will break out #ChadTough T-shirts on Saturday, not just for the staff, but also for the players and the Maize Rage student section.
They. Are. Back!
〽️? to wear @chadtough
t-shirts for Saturday's game vs. Purdue
Get one today! Be part if it all!
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) February 22, 2017
The shirts are part of Beilein’s campaign to raise money and awareness for the ChadTough Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting pediatric brain tumors, with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). That disease took the life of Chad Carr, the grandson of former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, at the age of 5.
Defensive analyst hired
Michigan announced the hiring of Kevin Lempa as a senior defensive analyst on Wednesday. Lempa has coached for 42 years, including with current Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown for three seasons (2013-15) at Boston College. Lempa was the defensive backs coach under Brown, who was Boston College’s defensive coordinator.
Kevin Lempa has been hired as U-M Football’s Senior Defensive Analyst! Welcome, @CoachLemps!
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) February 22, 2017
“I am very excited and honored to become part of coach Harbaugh’s staff,” said Lempa in a news release. “I am also fired up to be working with coach Brown again.”
Lempa was the defensive coordinator at Hawaii last season.
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- Minnesota followed up its overtime win against Michigan with an impressive win at Maryland on Wednesday night.
- Michigan football is going 3-D with its equipment this season.