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Thursday, March 09, 2006

The moment of truth

The Michigan Wolverines take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament later this afternoon. Depending on your source Michigan is already either a lock (ESPN Bracketology) or is out of the tourney completely (CBS Sportsline) so it would make me and the rest of the Michigan faithful rest a lot easier on Selection Sunday if we could win a game or two in the BTT.

On paper it seems like an easy Michigan victory considering the two previous meetings this season were 16 and 22 point victories by Michigan. However, those that follow sports know that it is difficult to win 3 games in a row like that against the same opponent. Minnesota is coming off of a bad loss to Northwestern but they have a lot to play for as they are one game over 500 so they are playing for a NIT berth.

Lester Abram could see his first action in a while as he was cleared to play on Saturday but did not come off the bench. Bringing Lester back would be a huge boost to this team especially in a game which most consider a must win for our NCAA tournament hopes. I know this team can do it, let's secure that bid and not have to sweat it out on Sunday, Let's Go Blue!


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