Sunday, February 19, 2012

February 17-19, 2012: best weekend in Michigan Athletics History?

I know, I know, I'm probably getting ahead of myself. I'm sure many of you are picking National championships that happened on a weekend as the greatest weekend in Michigan Athletics' History, but never in memory has a weekend gone as well for as many sports for the Maize and Blue as the 3rd weekend in February 2012. Let's review:

Ice Hockey: The Michigan Ice Hockey program swept Northern Michigan University, including a thrilling OT winner from A.J Treais in OT on senior night for a 3-2 win. The wins moved Michigan into second in the CCHA for the season.

Basketball: The Michigan Wolverines stayed perfect for the season at Crisler by outplaying Ohio State for the upset win, 56-51. Trey Burke continued his amazing Freshman year season by leading the Wolverines with 17 points, while Tim Hardaway chipped in 13 and Jordan Morgan had the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while also holding Jared Sullinger to 14 points on 6-14 shooting. The Wolverines never trailed in the game, and held onto the win with some clutch buckets from seniors Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, as well as a difficult layup late from Trey Burke to seal it. The win put Michigan into 2nd in the Big Ten standings with a very winnable final four games against Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois, and Penn State. If Michigan can indeed win out, they will earn at least a share of the Big Ten regular season championship with one Michigan State loss.

Football: Brady Hoke managed to earn an astounding 8 commitments from 8 four-star recruits for the 2013 class over the course of the weekend. The haul included a staggering 6 commitments on Saturday, with 3 offensive lineman (Kyle Bosch, David Dawson, Chris Fox), 1 RB (Wyatt Shallman), 1 DE/OLB (Taco Charlton), and 1 CB (Jourdan Lewis). Then, on Sunday, Michigan grabbed two more four-stars, one being the fourth addition to the offensive line (Logan Tuley-Tillman), the other being a TE (Jake Butt). In the space of two days, Michigan got more four-stars (according to at least one major recruiting service) than the entire 2012 class combined.

Three Michigan sports programs putting on an impressive display on the weekend of February 17-19, 2012, making it one of the greatest in Michigan history.


Anonymous said...

What about the Michigan women's basketball team, the baseball team, or the softball team? Those three squads also put up great weekends for their respective programs

Tyler said...

Forgive me, but I only wrote on the ones I either watched or knew a lot about, so I chose not to write about softball, baseball, or women's basketball. But they all had great weekends as well!

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