The Michigan Daily michigandaily.com j September 30, 2013
By DANIEL WASSERMAN
Daily Sports Editor
In the midst of its Final
Four run to cap last season,
the Michigan men's basketball
team began branding itself as
Team 96, celebrating what was
thought to be the 96th year of
the basketball program.
That was until, "we discov-
ered there was a year in 1909
that we did have a team," Michi-
gan coach John Beilein said,
laughing, at his Friday press
conference to open the 2013-14
aside, Team 96's - or is it 97
now? - point guard and consen-
sus National Player of the Year
Trey Burke is gone.
The biggest question mark in
deciding whether Team 98 will
cement its own floor general
legacy rests in nearly every
in the hands "Thischmeaningful
of freshman S ange minute the
point guard is so Wolverines
Derrick Wal- good played last
ton Jr. overall." year.
Until foul And while
trouble side- his back-
lined Burke up, Spike
for most of the National Cham- Albrecht, certainly entrenched
pionship's first half, he was the himself in Michigan lore with
a heroic 17-point half in place
of Burke, it's unlikely that the
sharp-shooting sophomore has
the physical tools to be a sea-
son-long starter on a Wolverine
squad with enough talent to jus-
tify top-10 expectations.
Fortunately for Michigan, a
new rule was implemented this
year giving coaches six addi-
tional practices over the course
of two added-weeks-to the front
LLUSTRATION BY AMY MACKENS
of the preseason.
The move couldn't come at a
better time for Beilein and his
staff in their attempt to accli-
mate Walton to the college game
before the tough non-confer-
ence slate kicks off in November.
"This change is so good over-
all," Beilein said. "It's a whole
different dynamic because of
the amount of time that we can
See BASKETBALL, Rage 3B
Big Ten opener
By MINH DOAN Northwestern team.
For theDaily "We were the better team,"
said Michigan coach Chaka
On a rare night in which the Daley. "We had the more quality
Michigan band and cheer teams chances."
came out to support the men's Michigan had an almost
soccer team play its Big Ten perfect start early in the game
opener against No. 7 North- when sophomore forward
western (1-0-0 Big Ten, 7-1-0 James Murphy rifled a shot in
overall), the Wolverines could the fourth minute from the left
do no better than a 2-0 loss. edge of the six-yard box. From
After a the angle of the crowd, it looked
tough tie N-WESTERN 2 as if it had gone in. Celebration
on Tues- MICHIGAN 0 and cheering ensued. But to the
day at home crowd's dismay, Murphy's
Oakland, in which Michigan shot hit the outside netting of
had 16 shots with only five on the goal.
target, the script was mostly The Wolverines continued to
the same Saturday night as the dominate possession in the first
Wolverines (0-1-0, 2-3-3) out- half, but, Northwestern was the
shot the Wildcats 15-5 but could first and only team to.increase
only muster five on goal. While their goal tally.
Michigan lamented its shooting The Wildcats' first goal was
woes, Northwestern capitalized off a free-kick set piece taken
on its few chances, putting two by midfielder Brandon Medina.
in the net off four shots on goal. As the ball was played into the
"We're putting a lot of pres- box, it missed every player's
sure on ourselves because the head and took a bounce outside
goals are not coming, but our the six-yard box before tucking
performance is there," said itself into the far-left corner of
senior forward Fabio Pereira. the goal, just away from the out-
"We outplayed (Northwestern) stretched arm of redshirt junior
for 90 minutes today." goalie Adam Grinwis.
Unlike Tuesday when Oak- "It's a free kick, guys run
land dominated possession, the across it, and it just skipped
Wolverines moved the ball with through," Daley said.
speed and precision and domi- The talented freshman Medi-
nated possession over a top-10 See GOALLESS, Page 3B
Sophomore midfielder Cassie Collins had one of just five Michigan shots on goal in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Minnesota.
Michigan can't find back of the net over weekend
By BRAD WHIPPLE
For the Daily
cer, out- WISCONSIN 0
shooting MICHIGAN 0
nent does MINNESOTA 1
not nec- MICHIGAN 0
ily guarantee a victory. To win,
those shots need to cross a white
line, a fact that the Michigan
women's soccer team was harsh-
ly made aware of this weekend.
"(Statistically), Michigan was
by far the better team today,"
said Michigan head coach Greg
Ryan. "But you gotta hit the net."
After playing on the road for
its last two games, the No. 13
Michigan women's soccer team
returned to Ann Arbor this
weekend for a two-game homes-
tand. The Wolverines opened Big
Ten play on Friday against No.18
Wisconsin before matching up
against unranked Minnesota on
Friday night's game between
the Wolverines (1-1-1 Big Ten,
7-2-1 overall) and the Badgers
(2-0-1, 8-1-2) ended in a scoreless
tie, and the Wolverines' inability
to score came back to hurt them
in a 1-0 loss to Minnesota on
The closest Michigan came
to finding the net against Wis-
consin on Friday was in the 17th
minute when freshman forward
Madisson Lewis rocketed one
into the upper net, but the shot
found the hands of Badger goalie
Genevieve Richard. Senior for-
ward Nkem Ezurike also had a
close shot in the 61st minute to
See SHUTOUTS, Page 3B
In an athletic department overflowing
with revenue, is the money really going to
the right places? SportsMonday column:
It was a rough 24 hours for the
volleyball team in its first Big Ten road
test of the year, losing to Ohio State
and Penn State. Page 3B