Michigan ready to open Big Ten baseball tourney with Northwestern, All-Big Ten team filled with Wolverines, and more
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Today is Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
The Big Ten Baseball Tournament starts Wednesday and No. 2 seed Michigan gets the second game of the day, 1:30 p.m. ET against 7-seed Northwestern. The top eight teams in the conference qualified for the double-elimination tournament scheduled to run through Sunday at Indiana’s Bart Kaufman Field.
The winner earns the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, which begins with regional play on June 2-5.
Michigan (42-13) and Northwestern (24-28) did not play in the regular season. The winner advances to play the winner of the game between No. 3 Minnesota (33-19) and No. 6 Indiana (32-20-2) on Thursday.
The Big Ten announced its all-conference team on Tuesday, and five Michigan players were on the first team, including three-fourths of the infield. Sophomore 2B Ako Thomas, senior SS Michael Brdar and junior 3B Drew Lugbauer were joined on the first team by SP Oliver Jaskie and RP Jackson Lamb.
Eight Wolverines were named to the All-Big Ten teams.
Congrats to all EIGHT Michigan players who were named to @B1Gbaseball All-Big Ten teams this morning!
— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) May 23, 2017
Old teammates cross paths in Indy
Derrick Walton Jr. is doing everything he can to prove to NBA teams that even if they don’t want to draft him, he’s worthy of a shot at making their team. The former Michigan point guard was in Indianapolis on Tuesday, working out for the Indiana Pacers. That gave him a chance to catch up with former teammate Glenn Robinson III.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 24, 2017
Robinson spoke with Land of 10 in March, prior to Michigan’s first-round NCAA Tournament game in Indy against Oklahoma State. Among the highlights of the conversation was Robinson’s belief that Walton and fellow senior guard Zak Irvin have the talent and work ethic to make it in the NBA.
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- Jim Harbaugh believes in his old team, the Chicago Bears. Maybe it’s more than just loyalty to the team that drafted him.
- Michigan officially acknowledged that point guard Jaaron Simmons has transferred from Ohio U.