Michigan hockey will try to carry the torch

Posted by Christopher Packey in , ,

Throughout the course of the game with the University of Michigan in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, I saw more blood pour out of Blake Griffin's orifices than I've ever seen in a "Friday the 13th" or "Halloween" movie. Michigan battered and bruised the Oklahoma center, but in the end the Sooners moved onto the sweet 16 with a 73-63 win. The Wolverines return everyone in their rotation next year but backup guards C.J. Lee and David Merrit.

While the Michigan basketball season ended with a valiant loss, the Michigan hockey team (below) is about to begin play in their NCAA tournament. Michigan's hockey team has won a record 9 national titles, and has made a record 19 straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. They are tied with Minnesota for most tournament appearances with 32. In my time at U-M the hockey team won two national championships, (1996 and 1998), and the Wolverines had 6 All-Americans, (C Brendan Morrison three times, LW John Madden, G Marty Turco, and RW Bill Muckalt), and a Hobey Baker winner (Morrison). They have had 8 additional All-Americans and another Hobey Baker winner (Kevin Porter in 2008) since that era.

#1 seed Michigan (29-11-0) plays #4 Air Force (27-10-2) in an East regional semi-final in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Friday at 3pm on ESPNU. #2 Yale plays #3 Vermont in the other semi on Friday, with the regional title game slated for 6:30pm on Saturday, also on ESPNU. Notre Dame, which knocked the Wolverines out of last year's Frozen Four, is the #1 seed in a Midwest bracket that features Northeastern, Cornell and Bemidji State. BU and Denver are the other #1 seeds. Michigan State did not make the tournament field, and U-M is the only team from the state of Michigan in the tournament.

Brackets will be busted this weekend the world over as the regional semifinals and finals of the NCAA men's basketball tournament take place Thursday through Sunday. The only seeds above #4 left are #5 Purdue and #12 Arizona, which really pisses me off because all of the mindless wimps who pick the lower seeds to win every game leading up to the Final Four are at the top of my work pool, and gloating I might add. It makes me sick. Having said that, it creates a weekend full of exciting matchups, particularly #2 Duke versus #3 Villanova tonight, and #2 Michigan State against defending champ #3 Kansas and #2 Oklahoma versus #3 Syracuse tomorrow night. #1 North Carolina (below) gets a stern test from #4 Gonzaga tomorrow night at 9:57pm on CBS. Ty Lawson will play with his injured toe.

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