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Sources: University of Michigan 2013-14 Budget, University of Michigan Base Salary Report, University of Michigan
Deparatment of Athletics Schedule of Revenues and Expenses Submitted to the NCAA for the Year Ended June 30,

'M' to B-Dubs
in spicy match-
up with K-tState

Senior middle blocker Jennifer Cross was one of five seniors to have their season come to an end against LSU on Friday.

SWolverines eliminate in s

Daily Sports Editor
Last year, it was the Bloomin'
Onion. This year, it's boneless
The Michigan football team
will conclude its season in
Tempe, Ariz. when it takes on
Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild
Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadi-
um on Dec. 28. The game kicks
off at 10:15 p.m. EST.
"We are excited to represent
the Big Ten Conference in the
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and to
face a challenging Big 12 Confer-
ence opponent in Kansas State,"
said Michigan coach Brady
Hoke in a statement. "This is a
greatopportunity for Team 134,
and we relish the chance to play
one of college football's most
successful programs.
"Our team is focused on fin-
ishing the season right and
sending our seniors out with a
victory in their last game in a
Michigan uniform."
The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
matches up the third selec-
tions from the Big Ten and Big
12. Since the two conferences
started competing in the post-
season game in 2006, the Big 12
leads the series, 5-2. It will be
the first-ever meeting between
Michigan and Kansas State.
The Wolverines haven't
played a bowl game in Arizo-
na since the 1986 Fiesta Bowl,
where they defeated Nebraska.

It will also be just the seventh
time in 42 bowl appearances
that Michigan plays in Decem-
Though the Wolverines
concluded their season with a
strong showing in a loss against,
Ohio State two weeks ago, they
finished with a 7-5 record, a far
cry from their stated goals of
a Big Ten championship and a
10-win season.
"I don't know if you ever wipe
the season clean," said defensive
coordinator Greg Mattison on
a conference call Sunday eve-
ning. "You emphasize why you
didn't win the game you felt you
should've won and make sure
during these extra bowl practic-
es that you emphasize that and
don't allow it to happen again.
"You get a chance to get so
many more practices. We're a
very young football team, and it
gets our guys another 15 prac-
tices to get better and improve
onthe mistakes thatthey made."
The Wildcats also finished
with a 7-5 record and lost four
conference games, including
Oklahoma State and Baylor.
The Wolverines are 1-1 in
bowl games under Hoke, having
beaten Virginia Tech in the 2012
Sugar Bowl and lost to South
Carolina in last year's Outback
Michigan will begin selling
bowl tickets Monday morning,
with prices ranging from $30-


L SU'S late be a foregone conclusion.
Toon and senior middle
irge bounces blocker Jennifer Cross entered
the locker room with plenty
Michigan in of reasons to be confident.
After all, the Wolverines (18-
ening round 4) had survived a grueling Big
Ten schedule against many of
By JACOB GASE the nation's top teams just to
For the Daily reach the tournament. As No.
24 Michigan carried a com-
hen senior outside hitter manding lead at the break, it
'Toon recorded a thunder- seemed like Friday night would
econd-set-ending block to end with a much-needed first-
LSU into the locker room round victory after an up-and-
g, the outcome of the No. down regular season.
ichigan volleyball team's But that confidence was
ound NCAA Tournament short-lived as the Wolverines
hup in Seattle appeared to dropped the next three sets to

the Tigers (19-12).
"It's no question this was a
disappointing loss for us," said
Michigan coach Mark Rosen.
"This team has high goals and
high expectations, and we cer-
tainly are disappointed that we
didn't advance."
Coming off a Cinderella run
to a Final Four appearance a
year ago, a first-round loss is
tough for the Wolverines to
swallow. They returned most of
their starters but struggled to
click as a team.
"It's very easy to fall into
the trap of comparing it to last
year," Cross said. "For us, at
Michigan, culture and family

is everything, so I think that's
kind of why, as a cornerstone
of our program, we struggled if
that wasn't solid."
With the momentum com-
pletely shifted from the start
of the match, Michigan entered
the decisive fifth set fighting to
keep its season alive. But this
year, it was not to be, as LSU
continueditsoffensiveroll from
the two sets prior and stormed
to an 8-2 lead before the teams
switched sides. Michigan man-
aged a small rally before its
season ended a few plays later,
when an emphatic block sealed
a 15-10 victory for LSU.

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U The Michigan men's swimming team
took top honors at the AT&T National
Championships this weekend.
Page 2B

For the Big Ten, the conference cham-
pionship is the peak, at least for now. But
that doesn't make the chase any less excit-
ing. SportsMonday Column: Page 2B

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