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March 1, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - March 1

FEATURED HEADLINE

Michigan clings to 'chance to put a banner up'
Rod Beard The Detroit News
Michigan has two games remaining - at Illinois Thursday night and at Penn State on Sunday - and has an opportunity to gain a split of the Big Ten title. It would be the Wolverines' first conference crown since the 1985-86 season

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Inside Michigan Ice Hockey
MGoBlue.com
Wednesday's episode of Inside Michigan Ice Hockey features a recap of last week's series at Bowling Green, an interview with Red Berenson and players answering where they would go for spring break.

FOOTBALL

Updated list of 15 players slated to participate in Michigan football team's pro day
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
The Michigan football team will host a pro day March 15 for players who will not return to the program next season. At least 15 players will attend the event, according to a Michigan spokesman, although their participation levels will vary depending on health and other factors.

Michigan's Mike Martin shows off skills, strength at NFL combine
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
Martin reflected his athletic balance as he ran an official 4.88 40-yard dash at 306 pounds -- he said a number of officials noted that -- and he was among the top-performing defensive tackles in other areas, including a 33.5-inch vertical jump, a 113-inch broad jump, 7.19 seconds in the three-cone drill and 4.25 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle run.

BASKETBALL

4 things to watch for when the No. 13 Michigan basketball team plays at Illinois
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
The Michigan basketball team has exorcised plenty of demons this season. If the 13th-ranked Wolverines can cross one more notch off their bugaboo list on Thursday, they'll be one step closer to earning a share of a Big Ten championship.

U-M's Carlton Brundidge shoots down speculation that he'll transfer
Rod Beard The Detroit News
Brundidge, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Southfield, has struggled to get on the court this season, logging just 40 total minutes in 13 games. He has one field goal and six total points, but says he isn't disappointed.

Michigan coach John Beilein on Big Ten title: 'We know there's a chance'
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
The Michigan basketball team is trying to keep its focus internal. Yet it's not easy when there's a chance at a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

Ex-Wolverine Jalen Rose to call Thursday's Michigan-Illinois game
Rod Beard The Detroit News
Michigan's matchup with Illinois on Thursday will be televised by ESPN, with analysts Jalen Rose and Stephen Bardo.

For the Michigan basketball team, a chance at a championship split is better than nothing
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
Beilein, who was reportedly in Indianapolis watching 2013 commit Zak Irvin, paid close attention to his cell phone and followed along as Indiana knocked off Michigan State, closing the Spartans' Big Ten lead and opening one final door for Michigan's hope for a split Big Ten title.

RECRUITING

Recruiting: Michigan turning its attention to defensive players
Tim Sullivan The Detroit Free Press
With Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison's emphasis on defense, and particularly on the defensive line, that simply will not suffice. The coaches have extended a number of scholarship offers to defensive linemen in the past several weeks, and they are selling the importance of the position to recruits.

Midwest mail: 2014 class in Mich. could be special
Josh Helmholdt Rivals.com
How does the 2014 class in Michigan stack up with the 2012 and 2013 classes at this early stage? Is Jaylon Smith Notre Dame's top priority in the 2013 class? These questions are addressed by Rivals.com analyst Josh Helmholdt in the Midwest recruiting mailbag.

Orndoff no longer Wisconsin-bound
Tim Sullivan TheWolverine.com
Pittsburgh (Pa.) Seton La Salle tight end Scott Orndoff has been committed to Wisconsin since August, but that's no longer the case. After a strong junior season that saw him earn more recruiting interest than he expected, Orndoff has backed off of his commitment to the Badgers, and will evaluate all of his options before making a final decision.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Michigan coach Kevin Borseth optimistic about NCAA tourney berth
Mick McCabe The Detroit Free Press
The Michigan women's basketball team is so close to the NCAA tournament, coach Kevin Borseth can practically feel it.

LACROSSE

Ohioan McCormack Thrives as Rookie Attackman
Mackenzie Meter MGoBlue.com
Though the varsity lacrosse program is in its first year, McCormack is already redefining what it means to be a walk-on. Fortunately for the team, he sets the bar quite high. Fresh off the preseason, the 5-11, 155-pound attackman showcased his hard work in an exhibition game against fellow Ohio-resident Denison University, posting three goals and an assist. In the course of the first two regular-season games, though both losses for the fledgling Wolverines, McCormack tallied two goals and two assists.

AROUND THE NATION

Michigan State needs quick adjustment to win Big Ten title outright
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News
The Spartans head into the final game of the season against Ohio State with more questions than answers.

Penn St. dismisses DE Shawn Oakman
The Associated Press ESPN.com
The school announced the dismissal Tuesday night and did not give details.

Sandusky request for trial delay denied
The Associated Press FoxSports.com
Judge John Cleland's eight-page memo and order said a postponement should only be a last resort and would require concrete justification.



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