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February 12, 2012

Michigan Newsstand -- Feb. 12

FEATURED HEADLINE

Michigan basketball team puts perfect home record on the line Sunday against Illinois
Nick Baumgardner • AnnArbor.com
Crisler Arena was known for a lot of things when John Beilein took over the Michigan basketball program prior to the 2007-08 season. Being a difficult place to play was not on the list.

FOOTBALL

Brady Hoke, Urban Meyer know what rivalry is all about
Angelique S. Chengelis • The Detroit News
A quick rundown: Michigan coach Brady Hoke calls Ohio State "Ohio," new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has "that team up north" on the Buckeyes' team meeting room schedule.

Ex-Saline and Michigan football quarterback Nick Sheridan named full-time assistant at Western Kentucky
Nick Baumgardner • AnnArbor.com
Sheridan served as an offensive graduate assistant at Western Kentucky last season.

FROM THE OTHER SIDELINE

Thomas raises bar for Weber, Illinois
John Supinie • The State Journal-Register
Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas will always assess a sport and coaching staff at the end of the season, but he made it known that just getting to the NCAA tournament isn't enough to make him happy.

Mounting losses troubling for Weber
Shannon Ryan • The Chicago Tribune
Illinois needs victories to earn way into tournament and assure coach's job.

BASKETBALL

Illinois at Michigan Preview
CBSSports.com
The 22nd-ranked Wolverines will try to improve to 14-0 at Crisler Center on Sunday when they meet slumping Illinois.

Michigan's Matt Vogrich provides scoring lift off bench
Mark Snyder • The Detroit Free Press
To finish the regular season strong and put together momentum for the NCAA tournament, Michigan is going to need some help from its bench. Wednesday's second half at Nebraska provided a hint that junior guard Matt Vogrich is prepared to fill that void.

Illinois slumping, but Michigan's John Beilein won't let guard down
Mark Snyder • The Detroit Free Press
U-M coach John Beilein refuses to buy into the theory that this is the right time to face the Fighting Illini.

Mailbag: Can Wolverines win it?
John Borton • TheWolverine.com
The basketball season is heating up as mid-February approaches, and so is the Mailbag. It's time again for the weekly dip into the missives that bring forth burning questions.

RECRUITING

Junior Lineman Using Brother As Aid
Jason Stamm • InsideHilltopperSports.com
Hunter Bivin currently has offers from WKU, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Miami, Tennessee, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Auburn, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi State, LSU and Ole Miss.

Dukes grew up loving Michigan
Tim Sullivan • TheWolverine.com
Junior wide receiver Jaron Dukes is not your average Ohio native. Despite growing up in Columbus - in the shadow of Ohio State - he was a fan of their bitter rival as a child. Now, that boyhood interest in Michigan has blossomed into recruiting interest, but how did he pick the Wolverines in the first place?

HOCKEY

Michigan 3, Michigan State 2: Wolverines gain split at Joe Louis Arena
Tom Lang • The Detroit Free Press
Just like the Michigan-Michigan State contest in the finals of the Great Lakes Invitational in late December, Saturday night's game at Joe Louis Arena was tied 2-2 after regulation. And just like last time, Michigan won it in overtime, 3-2.

NHL counts on Canadians, not Ann Arbor residents, for Winter Classic success
Pete Cunningham • AnnArbor.com
The NHL Winter Classic is coming to Ann Arbor, but guess what Ann Arbor? The NHL doesn't care if you buy a ticket.

AROUND THE NATION

Stingy Michigan State ends Ohio State's 39-game home streak
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
The Spartans pulled into a tie with the Buckeyes for first place in the conference by playing a withering, physical defense. Ohio State hit just 26 percent of its shots from the field (14 of 53).

Jerry Sandusky's Wife, Dottie, Nearly Runs Over TV Reporter Courtney Brennan (Video)
Ben Watanabe• NESN.com
Dottie Sandusky, the wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, nearly ran over Pittsburgh TV reporter Courtney Brennan outside the Sandusky home on Thursday. Footage of the incident appeared on the WPIX newscast.

Princeton hands No. 21 Harvard first Ivy League loss
The Associated Press • The Washington Post
Princeton beat former Wolverine head coach Tommy Amaker's Harvard squad (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 25 AP) 70-62 on Saturday night, handing the Crimson their first Ivy League loss of the season.



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