The Wolverine

February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  inside michigan athletics women's soccer (ninth) teams also wrapped their seasons among the nation's top-10 programs, combining for 164 points. Michigan is the top school in the Big Ten, and is looking for its 14th top-10 finish in 20 years of Directors' Cup standings. The athletic department placed second in 2003-04 and third in 1999-2000. The Wolverines had a twodecade-worst showing in 2009-10, placing 25th, but improved to 15th in 2010-11 and 10th in 2011-12. U-M hasn't had a start like this in recent campaigns, though, earning just 93 points three years ago, 213 points two years ago and 272 points last year. In finishing 10th in 2011-12, the Maize and Blue earned 394 points with its winter sports and 333.5 in the spring. This winter, Michigan is poised for strong performances in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming, and wrestling, while the indoor track programs should contribute as well. Ice hockey is a wild card, but isn't currently in position to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Fall Directors' Cup Standings Poll Results Rk. School Points 1. Stanford 398.00 2. Michigan* 373.00 3. Florida State 358.50 4. Notre Dame 353.00 5. North Carolina 342.00 6. Oregon 334.00 7. UCLA 331.00 8. Penn State* 323.50 9. Florida 275.50 10. Texas 274.00 12. Michigan State* 260.50 30. Indiana* 156.00 33. Northwestern* 151.50 34. Minnesota* 150.00 36. Wisconsin* 140.00 43. Nebraska* 124.00 64. Purdue* 89.00 70. Illinois* 79.00 74. Ohio State* 75.00 154. Iowa* 25.00 *Big Ten teams Each month, runs a new poll for its readers to vote on. If you would like to vote, go to The poll is located on our premium message board, The Fort. Which basketball team will win the Big Ten regular-season conference title? Michigan — 72 percent Indiana — 24 percent Minnesota — 3 percent Michigan State — 1 percent 353 votes Staff of The Wolverine's consensus: Indiana.

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