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January 18, 2010 - 3B

Here's what's happened
in Big Ten basketball
this past week.
West Virginia 68 at No. 8 Purdue 64
Iowa 59 at No.15 Minnesota 69
Michigan 61 at Indiana 80
No.16 Illinois 66 at No.20 Wisconsin 76
Penn State 66 at No. 2 Ohio State 69
Northwestern 67 at No.17 Michigan
State 71
No. 8 Purdue 67 at Minnesota 70
Northwestern 90 at Iowa 71
No.2 Ohio State 68 at Michigan 64
No.16 Illinois 55 at Penn State 57
No. 20 Wisconsin 61 at No.17 Michigan
State 64
1) No.1 Ohio State (5-0)
2) No. 14 Purdue (4-1)
3) No. 17 Michigan State (4-1)
4) No.18 Wisconsin (3-2)
5) No. 23 Illinois (3-2)
6) No. 15 Minnesota (3-3)
7) Penn State (3-3)
8) Northwestern (2-4)
9) Michigan (1-4)
10) Indiana (1-4)
11) Iowa (0-5)
Here's what's happened
in CCHA hockey this
past week.
No. 6 Michigan 6 at Ferris State 1
Alaska 4 at No. 8 Notre Dame 1
Bowling Green 1 at No.12 Miami 3
Ohio State 2 at Western Michigan 2
Michigan State 2 at Lake Superior State 2
Ferris State 2 at No.6 Michigan 3
Alaska 1 at No.8 Notre Dame 2
Bowling Green 1 at No.12 Miami 5
Ohio State 2 at Western Michigan 4
Michigan State 4 at Lake Superior State 0
1) No. 8 Notre Dame (38 pts.)

2) No. 6 Michigan (37 pts.)
3) No.12 Miami (33 pts.)
4) Ferris State (29 pts.)
5) Alaska (27 pts.)
6) Western Michigan (26 pts.)
7) Ohio State (25 pts.)
8) Northern Michigan (23 pts.)
9) Lake Superior State (19 pts.)
10) Michigan State (17 pts.)
11) Bowling Green (8 pts.)

SWEEP kill, steered in on Nagle and
lifted the puck top shelf forthe
From Page 1B 4-0 lead.
"Once we got up we got
Michigan pummeled Fer- more confident, and that's
ris State by an identical score really what took it to them,"
(6-1) against the same goal- Wohlbergsaid.
ies (Nagle followed by Taylor Though the Wolverines
Nelson) as it did in its last win couldn't be stopped, Ferris
two years earlier. It was the State couldn't find the back
Bulldogs' worst conference of the net without something
loss since the 2009 matchup going wrong.
and the most goals they have The Bulldogs scored three
allowed all season, times during the game, but all
Although they fell behind three were reviewed. The first
early on Friday, the Wolver- was disallowed because the
ines jumped out front in the net came off its moorings prior
series finale with a pair of to the puck crossing the goal
goals from senior forward Carl line. The second was ruled a
Hagelin and junior forward no-goal because the puck was
David Wohlberg 15 seconds kicked into the net. It wasn't
apartmidway through the first until the Bulldogs' last score,
period. The markers were the early in the third period, that
quickest back-to-back goals of the referees sided with Ferris
the season. State.
"It's easier to come from Midway through the third
behind at home than it is on period, freshman forward
the road," Berenson said. Derek DeBlois collected his
"Tonight, that first goal was first goal of his young career,
important, Carl's goal and and Wohlberg wrapped up the
then Wally's goal right after stat sheet by tapping in a pass
that ... that really set the tone from Moffie with less than
and put (Ferris State) on their two minutes remaining in the
heels." game.
The normally rowdy recess- The Wolverines collected
es of Ewigleben Arena fell as multiple-point weekends from
silent as a library after the Moffie, Wohlberg and Hagelin
Bulldogs amassed a two-goal - the Swede added a goal and
deficit. Moffie took the silence two assists to boost his recent
as a cue to strike again, cap- totals to six goals and eight
ping off Michigan's second assists in his current seven-
three-goal period of the series. game point streak.
The Wolverines wouldn't Never one to dwell too long
need any more support, on a win regardless of the mar-
but senior forward Scooter gin of victory, Berenson classi-
Vaughan took a back-hand fied the performance as one
pass from Wohlberg at center of the team's "stronger road
ice while manning the penalty games of the season."

From Page 1B

Hoosiers rebounded six of their
seven missed shots in the first
"Before anybody asks me the
rebounding questions - they
only missed 14 shots," Michigan
coach John Beilein said after the
game. "So there's not a whole lot
of rebounds on 14 shots. When
you have that you're never in your
transition. You're not able to do a
lot of things that you want to do."
Struggles with rebounding
caused the Wolverines to play
much more aggressively at the
glass. Late in the first half, fresh-
man guard Evan Smotrycz tallied
his third foul and walked to the
bench with his face down and his
hands on his head - another sign
that the Wolverines were frustrat-
ed in the game.
Along with Smotrycz, freshman
guard Tim Hardaway Jr. recorded
two fouls in the first stanza, as did
his backup Matt Vogrich. The foul
trouble that persisted early on

forced Michigan to fiddle around
with unconventional lineups.
"I am actually one of the guys
that think we should be cleaning
up the game," Beilein said. "We
should be calling the game close.
Several of our guys have got to
learn the hard way about that.
(Fouls) just disrupt us.
"Whether we bench them,
whether we run them, whether
we just continue to teach them -
they're young, they're forced to
find out the hard way. We couldn't
even get (Smotrycz) out of there -
it's a matter of seconds and he put
his hands on someone else."
And as the Wolverines contin-
ued to get beat on the glass and
rack in fouls, it was their shooting
that suffered as a result of such
Michigan shot 29 percent from
3-point range and 36 percent from
the field. The Wolverines scored
15 points in the first half - their
lowest first-half total of the sea-
son and the lowest point total that
Indiana has held an opponent to
this season.
"(Defense) was the key to our

week," Indiana coach Tom Crean
said. "It was the key to all our
games ... Our players understood
that it began with what our defen-
sive transition was going to be like
because of how well they push the
ball up the court and get it up the
Being out rebounded, being
in foul trouble and struggling to
make shots caused a young team
to put their heads down. Indiana
continued to pick at the souls of
the Wolverines and maintained a
comfortable lead for the final 30
minutes of play.
"I give credit to this team - we
don't really get frustrated," soph-
omore Darius Morris said after
scoring a team-high 22 points.
"We keep playing, but it is frus-
trating at the end when you look
up and you're way down. We're
keeping a good attitude when
we're out there on the court, and
then afterwards, obviously, we're
14 shots all game. And in fact,
the Hoosiers rebounded six of
their seven missed shots in the
first half.

Senior forward Matt Rustskates in Friday's win over Ferris State.

From Page 1B
it for the next five hours.
We made fun of the officer's
Midwest twang, joked about
it with a gas station employee
and pondered whether or not
we can mark off the fine as a
Daily expense.
We also drew parallels
and realized that our miser-
able start to the road trip was
awfully similar to Michigan's
play on the court lately.
Sure, that sounds likea
stretch, but stick with me -
Zak and I had a long car ride to
work this out.
For the most part, analysts
were impressed with the Wol-
verines' play againstthen-No.
3 Kansas and then-No. 2 Ohio
State last week. Few predicted
that they'd lose by such nar-
row margins - seven points
in overtime and four points,
respectively. And although
the players will tell you there's
no such thing as "moral vic-
tories," the Michigan locker
room was relatively upbeat for
a team riding a three-game
losing streak heading into
The Wolverines (1-4 Big
Ten, 11-7 overall) believed
they were on the cusp of get-
ting things right - if they just
persisted and continued to
keep games close, they could
win some marquee matchups.
Sure, they were still making
some freshmen mistakes -
picking up off-the-ball fouls,
forcingshots that weren't
there, not crashing the boards
on the offensive end - but if
they could still almost topple
the second- and third-best
teams in the nation, that stuff
doesn't matter, right?
Well, let's just say it matters
about as much as speeding
afterbeingpulled over and
getting a warning. You think
you can keep doing it and get
away with it, but eventually,
somebody's going to teach you
that you're dead wrong. For
Zak and I, that somebody was
the second police officer.

For Michigan, it was Indi-
In all honesty, the Wolver-
ines did not play well against
the Jayhawks. They shot just
33 percent from the field -
4-of-28 from beyond the arc
- and turned the ball over 15
times. The game was close
because Kansas played almost
as poorly, shooting 36 percent
and turning the ball over 16
Michigan shot better
against Ohio State, but this
time the Wolverines picked up
foolish foul after foolish foul,
and handed the Buckeyes 25
free-throw attempts. It didn't
matter that they only con-
verted on 68 percent of them
- it's still awfully hard to win
when your opponent tallies 17
points from the charity stripe.
The game was close because of
Ohio State's questionable play
calling - for some reason, the
Buckeye guards seemed more
content shooting the ball than
taking advantage of the Jared
Sullinger-Evan Smotrycz mis-
match in the paint.
Unlike the Jayhawks or the
Buckeyes, the Hoosiers did
everything right on Saturday.
No more breaks for the Wol-
verines - no more warnings.
Indiana shot well, cleaned
up the glass and employed
the perfect balance between
guard play and post play. And a
game that was considered one
of the more winnable ones for
Michigan quickly turned into
an eye-opening 19-point loss
to a team that was previously
winless in the BigTen.
So, while Zak and I
returned to Ann Arbor with
an important lesson from two
Hoosier cops, the Wolverines
came home with the same les-
son from the Hoosier basket-
ball team.
If we don't limit our mis-
takes, we'll keep losing.
And that's a harsh reality,
both for a couple of college
kids that hate driving at the
speed limit and for a young
basketball team that commits
too many errors on the hard-

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