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'M'to take on Tigers in
ACC Big Ten Challenge

Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson ran for 1,643 yards this season. s
Robinson named
conerence's top
offensive player
By TIM ROHAN Through the air, Robinson complet-
Daily Sports Editor ed 155-of-250 passes for 2,316 yards
and threw 16 touchdowns and 10
With the final regular season interceptions. He was the center-
Big Ten regular season game in the piece of Michigan's offense, which
books, it'sthat time ofyear again for led the Big Ten with 500 yards per
college football's best players - lots game.
of awards andbuffet lines. Redshirt junior center David
Michigan sophomore quarter- Molk was named to the All-Big Ten
back Denard Robinson started re- first team by the coaches and the
writing the recordbooks during the second team by the media. Molk
Wolverines'firstgame ofthe season has been a candidate for the Rim-
and didn't stop through Saturday's ington award, given to the nation's
loss against Ohio State. best center, the past two seasons
On Monday, both the confer- and bounced back after missing
ence coaches and media selected most of 2009 to play in all 12 games
Robinson as the Big Ten Offensive this year.
Player of the Year. He was also Junior nose guard Mike Mar-
named to the All-Big Ten first team tin (coaches), redshirt sophomore
quarterback by the media, and an receiver Roy Roundtree (media)
honorable mention by the coaches and senior linebacker Jonas Mou-
- Northwestern's Dan Persa (1st) ton (media) were also named to
and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien conference's second team lists -
(2nd) were chosen ahead of him. Martin also was an honorable men-
Robinson ran for 1,643 yards on tion selection by the media.
the season, setting an NCAA record Fifth-year senior guard Steve
for rushing yards by a quarterback Schilling earned an honorable
- he also became the first player in mention from both the media and
NCAA history to throw and run for coaches; redshirt sophomore safety
more than 1,500 yards in the same Jordan Kovacs was an honorable
season. The rushing total is the fifth mention selection by the media as
highest in Michigan school history. well.

Blue looks to build
on 3-0 series record
against Clemson
Daily Sports Writer
For 10 years, the Atlantic
Coast Conference dominated the
annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge
- until last year, when the Big
Ten won six of
the 11 games and Michigan at
secured its first
ever title. This Clemson
year, a much Matchup:
stronger Big Ten Clemson 5-1;
conference looks Michigan 3-2
for a repeat. When:
The games, Tonight 9 P.M.
which con- Wee ite
tinue through iWhnre:Cole-m
started last night TV/Radio
when No. 15 tSP
Minnesota lost
to Virginia 87-79.
Tuesday night, the Wolverines
(3-2) face Clemson, a team fresh
off a Thanksgiving tournament
trip to the Virgin Islands where
it went 2-1, its only loss com-
ing against Old Dominion by one
This year's Tigers (5-1) are
competing without coach Oli-
ver Purnell, who led Clemson to
three-straight NCAA Tourna-
ment appearances, and Trevor
Booker, who left for the NBA.
But Clemson brought in coach
Brad Brownell, and Booker's
younger brother, Devin. Devin
and Jerai Grant make up a post
tandem that has been quite suc-
cessful this year on the boards and
in the scorebooks. The post play is
complemented by balanced scor-
ing from guards Demontez Stitt
and Tanner Smith.
The teams have met three times
before, with Michigan leading the
series, 3-0. They last faced each
other in the first round of the 2009
NCAA Tournament, which the
Wolverines won, 62-59. None of

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Michigan coach John Beilein led the Wolverines to victory over Clemson in the
first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

the matchups have been decided
by more than six points.
Michigan is hoping to keep
on pace with those results and
outperform this past weekend's
showing at the Legends Classic
by studying their offense more in
order to execute it better.
"Sometimes when you get in the
game you might forget some stuff
but the good teams never forget,"
sophomore Darius Morris said
after the Wolverines' loss to the
University of Texas El Paso on Sat-
urday. "We've just gotta be able to
execute ... One day we're gonna get
there, where we have a game plan
and we're gonna stick with it."
But it isn't just the Wolverines

worried about Michigan's offen-
sive sets.
"(Beilein's) an innovator,"
Brownell said in a video posted
online by the Clemson Athletic
Department. "His offense is some-
thing he kind of designed and has
tweaked through the years. It's
very difficult to play against, espe-
cially with a short prep."
Both teams look to improve on
their fates at last year's ACC/Big
Ten Challenge, where Michigan
lost to Boston College by four and
Clemson lost to Illinois by two.
Historically, the games have been
tight matches - last year, seven
of the 11 games were decided by
seven points or fewer.

College Hockey Showcase comes to an end

Daily SportsEditor
gan hockey team had already
gone to its locker room in Mari-
ucci Arena after
a 3-1 loss to No. NOTEBOOK
15 Minnesota on
Sunday. But the Gophers stayed
on the ice. With Minnesota lined
up across the blue line, captain
Jay Barriball skated to the .scor-
ers' table and lifted the three-
tiered wooden trophy.
There was a smattering of
applause from the half-full
crowd when Barriball brought
the trophy to his teammates. In
a strange way, it was a fitting
end to the College Hockey Show-
case. Minnesota's win made it

2-0 in the 18th and final College
HockeyShowcase and gave it the
title, while bringing to an end
the imperfect tournament for the
perfect rivals.
The goal of the showcase was
to bring Big Ten rivals Michigan,
Michigan State, Wisconsin and
Minnesota together every year.
While the Showcase did this over
Thanksgiving weekend for nearly
two decades, the prime matchups
usually played out before half-full
crowds since many students were
on Thanksgiving break. Three
out of four schools wanted to con-
tinue the Wisconsin pulled out.
No. 8 Michigan ended the
tournament with a loss Sunday,
but it still holds the best record
among the four teams at 20-14-2
throughout the tournament his-

tory. Minnesota finished one win
behind the Wolverines. But this
tournament wasn't exactly about
winning the tournament to hoist
a trophy. It was about beating Big
Ten teams.
Michigan did neither Sunday
"It hurts to lose, period,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "We like the competition,
we like the games against Big Ten
programs and it's disappointing
that we won't have as many."
being a healthy scratch for the
last nine games, sophomore for-
ward Lindsay Sparks found his
way into the lineup for Sunday's
night's game against Minnesota.
Sparks registered a shot in the
first period, but as the teams had

eight power play opportunities
between them in the final two
periods, his ice time diminished.
"I thought he had a good jump,"
senior forward Louie Caporusso,
his linemate, said. "You can't ask
much from him, he hasn't been
(in) the lineup for over a month.
He did all he can do. Unfortu-
nately, he came in at a bad time
where we didn't play great for
Sparks, who hadn't played
since Oct. 23, saw a little faith
from Berenson as he was out on
the ice for a power play late in the
game, but he didn't do anything
to turn around an 0-for-4 perfor-
mance from the unit.
He played alongside Caporusso
and junior Luke Glendening, a
pair that had formerly been with

junior David Wohlberg, who was
moved to a new line as Ben Win-
nett came out of the lineup after
playing in Madison on Friday.
NOTES: Michigan's overtime
game with Wisconsin was its
fourth of the year. It played in
just two overtime games in the
past two years ... Former Michi-
gan hockey player Billy Jaffe
called Sunday's game for the Big
Ten Network. Jaffe played under
Berenson from 1987-1989. He will
also call Michigan's game next
weekend against Ohio State for
the Big Ten Network ... The Col-
lege Hockey Showcase usually
has a Friday-Saturday format, but
due to a Minnesota home foot-
ball game, the Wolverines were
forced to wait until Sunday to
play the Gophers.

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