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December 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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MEN'S BASKETBALL Michigan Raises Big Ten Championship Banner T fully good when they raised their 2011-12 Big Ten championship banner to the rafters Nov. 27. They felt pride in the accomplishment, marking U- M's first conference title since 1986. Fans gathered for the Big Ten/ he Wolverines didn't have the band back together, but it felt aw- ACC Challenge matchup between the Wolverines and North Carolina State looked on with pride, then perhaps began dreaming of another banner to follow. The nation's No. 3-ranked team handled the No. 18 Wolfpack, 79-72, moving to 6-0 and continuing to make believers of others. "Michigan is going to be a hard State. Those were the only two games we were focusing on. We knew if we won those two games, we had a shot at winning." Win they did, moving into a tie at the top when the Buckeyes knocked off the Spartans in a Breslin Center finale. Michigan's freshmen watched the championship banner go up this year, and Hardaway assured they're very clued into the meaning. "Right now, in their minds, they're itching and scratching to try to get one," Hardway said. "You can just see it out there on the basketball court." Michigan head coach John Beilein Date team to beat, all year long, because of the way they shoot the basketball," North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried said. "They stretch the floor out. They utilize the ball screen really well in the middle of the floor. "You've got a number of players who can step up and score the bas- ketball. They're a very well-coached team. I think they're legitimate — no doubt in my mind." They were legitimate enough a year Nov. 1 Northern Michigan (ex.) W, 83-47 Nov. 5 Saginaw Valley State (ex.) W, 76-48 Nov. 9 Slippery Rock 2012-13 Michigan Men's Basketball Schedule Opponent Nov. 12 IUPUI (1) Sophomore point guard Trey Burke recorded 18 points and 11 assists in U-M's 79-72 win over NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 27. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL ago to make a breakthrough in Big Ten play. One key player from both last year and this enjoyed the pre- game festivities, but proved he's far from satisfied. "That's big for us," sophomore guard Trey Burke said of the banner raising. "I was happy when I saw the banner go up. I'll be able to say in 20 years that we won the Big Ten cham- pionship in 2012. It's definitely big for us, but we want to win another one. "We've still got work to do. I think we did a good job moving forward, from the banner going up to the game. I didn't know how guys were going to respond to that. We did a good job at it." Burke didn't score in the first half 4-of-7 three-point performance. Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points and freshman for- ward Glenn Robinson III chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds, while the Wolverines built a 15-point sec- ond-half lead and then fended off a furious comeback attempt. On a night when the Wolverines NIT Season Tip-Off Time W, 100-62 Nov. 13 Cleveland State (1) W, 77-47 Nov. 21 Pittsburgh (2) Nov. 23 Kansas State (2) W, 91-54 W, 67-62 W, 71-57 Nov. 27 North Carolina State (3) W, 79-72 Dec. 1 at Bradley Big Ten/ACC Challenge Dec. 4 Western Michigan Dec. 8 Arkansas Dec. 11 Binghamton 8:30 p.m. Noon 4 p.m. Dec. 15 vs. West Virginia (4) Dec. 20 Eastern Michigan Dec. 29 Central Michigan Jan. 3 at Northwestern Jan. 6 Iowa Jan. 9 Nebraska celebrated the past, they were defi- nitely in the moment and looking to- ward the future. That moment may have been a long time coming, but it felt right for those Wolverines who battled to a surprise title. "Just the hard work, dedication, Jan. 13 at Ohio State Jan. 17 at Minnesota Jan. 24 Purdue Jan. 27 at Illinois Feb. 5 Ohio State Feb. 9 at Indiana against the Wolfpack, but racked up nine assists in the first 20 minutes, before cashing in 18 points and 11 total assists in Michigan's win. Fresh- man guard Nik Stauskas came off the bench to fire in 20 points, including a 52 THE WOLVERINE DECEMBER 2012 and everybody putting off other things they could be doing, besides focusing on basketball and school- work," Hardaway noted, recalling memories from last season. "It's get- ting the job done. It's hard-fought season. Just to come out on top, with the better teams like Ohio State and Michigan State, it feels good. "The games we had to win in a row, on the road — at Illinois and at Penn Feb. 27 at Penn State March 2 Michigan State or March 3 Michigan State March 6 at Purdue March 10 Indiana Feb. 12 at Michigan State Feb. 17 Penn State Feb. 24 Illinois at Wisconsin 8:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. TBA 7 p.m. 8 p.m. Jan. 30 Northwestern Feb. 2 1:30/4:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9 p.m. 9 p.m. Noon 1/4/6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 1/4 p.m. 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Noon March 14-17 Big Ten Tournament 1/4/6 p.m. Schedule Legend: (1) NIT Season Tip-Off Michigan Re- gional, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center); (2) NIT Season Tip-Off Championship, Manhattan, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden); (3) Big Ten/ACC Challenge presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center); (4) Brooklyn Winter Hoops Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) — first game: Fordham vs. Princeton found himself a little preoccupied with regard to the pregame festivities.

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