The Wolverine

February 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BY JOHN BORTON J ohn Beilein gets caught looking ahead about as often as Donald Trump finds himself speech- less. The Michigan head coach demands laser focus on the moments at hand, ones that fashion the shining moments to come. In the heady hour following the Wolverines' 70-67 victory over No. 3 Maryland, Jan. 12 at Crisler Center, Beilein couldn't help himself. He ac- knowledged the immense value of this win — without senior star Caris LeVert — at present and beyond. "There's a Big Ten championship we want to win, but there's also a thing called Selection Sunday," Beilein said. "We don't want to be missing on Se- lection Sunday. "You have to have top-50 wins. And you have to have a few of them. That's my belief. We've got to continue to do that, and this one helps a lot." His visage blended the sheer joy of DREAMING Of The Dance Michigan's March Hopes Center On Many Factors Junior wing Zak Irvin's game is returning to form after an offseason back operation. He led the Wolverines with 22 points in a 70-67 win over Maryland Jan. 12. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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