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This week in Michigan sports saw the men’s basketball team host the unranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Both teams came into the contest at 5-1 and were looking for big time wins in the heat of the ACC-Big Ten challenge.
Michigan got off to a hot start and did so by utilizing the tool they used in New York at the 2k Classic, the three pointer. Zak Irvin had a great game with 23 points and got a lot help as well. Irvin, who missed most of last season with injury, was unproven in his ability to carry a team and had his chance last night. In the last 7:23 of the game, Michigan was unable to control a furious 12-5 run from the Virginia Tech and were ultimately buried. They had life late in the game and set up a play that opened a potential game-tying 3-pointer, only for it to be missed. It seemed that after a dominating finish at the 2k Classic that Michigan would improve on their First Four trip to the NCAA Tournament last season. However, after a blowout loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks and a complete meltdown against Virginia Tech, there is starting to be uncertainty surrounding this year’s team for the first time.
The Men’s Basketball team is back in action tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST against the Kennesaw State Owls (3-5).
Meanwhile on the gridiron, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines team has nothing more than a distant heart beat in the world of the College Football Playoff. Their fate lies in the hands of the Colorado Buffaloes, according to ESPN College Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, which, in theory, makes sense. With wins over both teams in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Penn State Nittany Lions, and Colorado, if the Buffaloes do pull of an upset, Michigan would have won the matchup against all other potential teams looking to be put in the #4 spot. However, keeping two conference champions out of the playoff does seem unlikely, because it does fall in the committee guidelines to recognize conference champions as such. With that being said, many bowl projections have Michigan facing Florida State in the Orange Bowl. As good of a matchup as that would be, many around Ann Arbor will still be leaving the Maize and Blue for some Black and Gold tonight to support Colorado in hopes they will help Michigan get a better chance at getting into the College Football Playoff.
Colorado takes on Washington at Levi’s Stadium on FOX tonight.