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Michigan Outside Hitter Capture Earns Weekly Big 10 Award

Sophomore outside hitter, Jess Mruzik, earned Big 10 player of the week. The recognition wraps up the final week of regular season play for the Wolverines.

• Averaged 4.38 kills and 2.63 digs per set with a .368 hitting percentage last week as Michigan closed out the regular season with a pair of wins and earned a berth in this year’s NCAA Tournament

• Posted a double-double (20 kills, 15 digs) in the Wolverines’ victory over No. 23 Illinois on Nov. 24

• Added 15 kills, six digs and three blocks in the regular-season finale vs. Northwestern on Nov. 26

• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor

• Last Michigan Player of the Week: May Pertofsky (March 15, 2021)

Hunter Dickinson Nets Freshman of the Week Honors for 2nd Straight Week

Hunter Dickinson has been named Big 10 Freshman of the Week for the second time in as many weeks.

The 7’1” center from Alexandria, VA AVERAGED 19 points on 68% shooting, 7 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots in wins over Toledo (4-3) and Penn State (3-2) to help the Maize & Blue remain undefeated and improve to 6-0. The win in their 2020-2021 conference schedule has propelled the Wolverines into the top 25 for the first time this season at the 25 spot.

Michigan has largely been untested thus far with a schedule comprised of mostly Mid-American Conference and other mid-Major programs. However, reasons to cheer have been in short supply so far this year with several sports being postponed and a flailing football team.

They will face a struggling Nebraska team (3-3) and an interesting battle with Maryland (4-1) to close out the 2020 calendar.

Nevertheless, the Wolverines have exceeded expectations with several significant graduations or transfers from last year’s squad. Whether this early season success will last or is simply a mirage should be more clear in the coming weeks.

Michigan State Walloped by Iowa

Just one week ago, the Michigan State Spartans celebrated a dominant upset over in-state rival Michigan Wolverines. The effort netted the Spartans a Freshman Player of the Week Award and ignited hopes that things were heading in the right direction behind the arm of junior quarterback, Rocky Lombardi.

Week 3 buried those hopes under a mountain of points laid on the Spartans by the Iowa Hawkeyes who made quick work of the visiting squad and pummeled their way to a 49-7 drubbing.

While Lombardi looked excellent in week 2, he struggled in all facets on Saturday afternoon in Iowa. He completed just 46% of his passes and hurled 3 interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver, Jalen Nailor, provided a small bright spot with 4 catches and 119 yards receiving. The outing solidifies the evidence that MSU’s young receiving corp is worth watching.

Iowa dominated on the ground and enforced their will with 4 rushing touchdowns.

Things are likely going to be tough next week as the Spartans challenge an undefeated Indiana team that handled Michigan this afternoon.

Michigan Falters Against Hoosiers

Joe Milton topped 300 passing yards for a second straight week on just 18 completions and junior wide receiver Ronnie Bell pulled down 6 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown, but the Michigan Wolverines lost their second in as many weeks. Indiana dominated from the opening and held off a late surge by the Wolverines at the end of the third quarter; grabbing two interceptions and closing the afternoon 38-21. The loss marked the first time the Wolverines have lost to Indiana since 1987.

While the #23 ranked Wolverines seemed poised for a strong year after a season opening victory against Minnesota, but have taken a beating in back to back weeks. While #13 Indiana sits at 3-0, the loss must be a tough pill to swallow for the Maize and Blue as they struggled against a Hoosier squad that has showed flashes in years past, but remained a perennial second tier Big 10 football program.

The victory may show that the Hoosiers are for real in 2020, but it may also display that Michigan is on track to have their most disappointing season in a string of seasons full of them.

The Wolverines will try to get things back on track with a signature win against #10 Wisconsin next week, a game likely circled on the schedule by many at the beginning of the season, but the prospects of that are looking less likely after recent struggles.

MSU WR Named Freshman of the Week

Ricky White (Marietta, GA) has been named Big 10 Freshman of the Week after setting a Michigan State freshman record with 196 receiving yards in the Spartans upset victory over Michigan.

The freshman averaged an astounding 24.5 yards per catch, which included a 30-yard touchdown reception, 50-yard reception that set up a Spartan field goal and a crucial 31-yard haul that gave MSU A first and goal and led to the game winning touchdown.

The last MSU freshman to win the honor was starting quarterback, Rocky Lombardi, in 2018.

Michigan State Stuns Michigan in Week 2

MSU quarterback, Rocky Lombardi, delivered a stellar performance, culminating in 323 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and a 27-24 victory for the visiting team over the Michigan Wolverines. MSU wide receiver, Ricky White, was Lombardi’s primary target, hauling in an astounding 196 yards on 8 catches (24.5 avg.) and one touchdown.

Michigan quarterback, Joe Milton, hurled an astounding 51 passes and reached 300 yards on the day. Milton also rushed for an additional 59 yards on 12 carries. Michigan’s scoring was all on the ground behind their team of running backs, Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum.

The loss follows an impressive Wolverine victory at Minnesota, which seemed to forecast a new day in Michigan football. MSU, conversely, came into the game after an embarrassing loss to Rutgers, who finished dead last at 0-9 in 2019 during conference play and appeared to show the complete collapse of a Spartan program just a few years removed from Big 10 prominence.

It is yet to be seen what Saturday means for both squads in the abbreviated 2020 conference schedule, but it throws a great deal of uncertainty into a year chalked full of it already.

Mid-American Conference Postpones all Fall Sports

The Mid-American conference and its three Michigan member schools (Central, Eastern & Western) have announced that fall sports will be cancelled this fall and rescheduled to the spring.

The move comes just days after it was announced that Western University would maintain its lucrative matchup with Notre Dame. However, with most member schools losing their Power 5 contests and budget constraints put on programs playing games without fans, the MAC decided it would be best to postpone and hope for better opportunities to play in the spring.

While larger conferences benefit from tv deals, larger brand sponsorships, apparel sales, etc. the Mid-American conference, and football specifically, require a combination of Power 5 windfalls and fans in the stands to recoup costs of running programs.

We will provide updates as we become aware of any developing details. We now wait to see if this creates a cascade into other conferences and programs or if Notre Dame will have time to find a new opponent without casting another wave into schedules across the country.

Western Michigan Football Maintains Game at Notre Dame

UPDATE: All Mid-American Conference fall athletics have been postponed to spring and WMU’s game versus Notre Dame has been canceled. – Aug. 8, 2020

Notre Dame agreed to terms with the ACC to compete in conference play this season, but will maintain its non-conference game with the visiting Broncos of Western Michigan University. The game is set to be played on September 19 and will generate much needed funds for the Mid-American Conference squad and their athletic department.

The Broncos will be looking to play spoiler to the College Football Playoff hopeful, Fighting Irish, as they rake in the spoils of the marquee matchup of their schedule to the tune of 1.175 million dollars.

The game will provide WMU with funds sure to be in short supply in the 2020-2021 athletic calendar and an even more profitable marketing stage for the university. The Fighting Irish are sure to make the benefits of the matchup a tough pill to swallow between the uprights, as they return a promising Heisman candidate in senior quarterback, Ian Book.

Notre Dame (11-2 in 2019) opens their season against Duke University (5-7 in 2019) and Western Michigan (7-6 in 2019) looks to take a big first step in their Week 2 matchup against Cincinnati (11-3 in 2019) after losing two separate opponents in their Week 1 slot from conference cancellations.

Michigan & Michigan State Football Announce Updated Schedules

Michigan Football

  • SEP 5: PURDUE – ANN ARBOR, MICH.
  • SEP 12: MINNESOTA – MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.
  • SEP 19: PENN STATE – ANN ARBOR, MICH.
  • SEP 26: RUTGERS – PISCATAWAY, N.J.
  • OCT 3: MICHIGAN STATE – ANN ARBOR, MICH.
  • OCT 10: BYE
  • OCT 17: INDIANA – BLOOMINGTON, IND.
  • OCT 24: OHIO STATE – COLUMBUS, OHIO
  • OCT 31: WISCONSIN – ANN ARBOR, MICH.
  • NOV 7: MARYLAND – ANN ARBOR, MICH.
  • NOV 14: BYE
  • NOV 21: NORTHWESTERN – EVANSTON, ILL.

Michigan State Football

  • SEP 5: MINNESOTA – ANN ARBOR, MICH.
  • SEP 12: MARYLAND – MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.
  • SEP 19: NORTHWESTERN – ANN ARBOR, MICH.
  • SEP 26: PENN STATE – PISCATAWAY, N.J.
  • OCT 3: MICHIGAN – ANN ARBOR, MICH.
  • OCT 10: BYE
  • OCT 17: OHIO STATE – COLUMBUS, OHIO
  • OCT 24: RUTGERS – PISCATAWAY, N.J.
  • OCT 31: IOWA – IOWA CITY, IA
  • NOV 7: INDIANA – BLOOMINGTON, IND.
  • NOV 14: BYE
  • NOV 21: Nebraska – LINCOLN, NEB.


2020 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament Coverage on BTN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2020

Semifinals and championship game to air live on BTN and the FOX Sports app

CHICAGO, Ill. – With the bracket set for the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, BTN today announced its coverage plans for the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game taking place over the next three weeks.

This weekend, Ohio State, Michigan and Minnesota will have home ice for three best-of-three quarterfinal series. The Golden Gophers will host Notre Dame with Friday and Sunday’s coverage appearing on FS2 and the FOX Sports app (if FS2 is included in your cable package), while Saturday night’s game will be on Fox Sports North Plus and BTN+. All quarterfinal games between Ohio State and Wisconsin, as well as Michigan and Michigan State, will be streamed live on BTN+.

Top-seeded Penn State earned a bye into the single-elimination semifinals, scheduled for March 14-15. Times are yet to be determined, however the highest-seeded team advancing from the quarterfinals will host the second-highest advancing seed, while the lowest-seeded advancing team will play at Penn State. Both semifinal games will be televised live on BTN and the FOX Sports app.

The championship game will take place on either March 21 or 22, once again airing live on BTN and the FOX Sports app.

2020 BIG TEN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
March 6-8 | Best-of-three series 
#7 WISCONSIN AT #2 OHIO STATE
Game 1:  Friday, March 6 – 7 p.m. ET – BTN+
Game 2:  Saturday, March 7 – 7 p.m. ET – BTN+
Game 3 (if necessarySunday, March 8  – 7 p.m. ET) – BTN+

 #6 MICHIGAN STATE AT #3 MICHIGAN
Game 1:  Friday, March 6 – 7 p.m. ET – BTN+
Game 2:  Saturday, March 7 – 7 p.m. ET – BTN+
Game 3 (if necessary)Sunday, March 8  – 5 p.m. ET– BTN+

#5 NOTRE DAME AT #4 MINNESOTA 
Game 1:  Friday, March 6 – 8 p.m. ET – FS2 and the FOX Sports app
Game 2:  Saturday, March 7 – 8 p.m. ET – FOX Sports North PLUS and BTN+
Game 3 (if necessary)Sunday, March 8 – 7 p.m. ET – FS2 and theFOX Sports app

SEMIFINAL COVERAGE
March 14-15 – Timing TBD – BTN and the FOX Sports app

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COVERAGE
March 21 or 22 – Timing TBD – BTN and the FOX Sports app

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