SHORT TAKES: Michigan teams set for March Madness


By Daily News • Last Updated 10:14 am on Monday, March 12, 2012

When the Big Ten’s men’s basketball regular season ended with a three-way tie between Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, it was the hope of many folks in the area that the championship issue would be settled with a Big Ten Tournament Sunday showdown between MSU and Michigan.

That was not to be, however, because of Ohio State’s Saturday slaughter of the overwhelmed Wolverines. Sunday’s subsequent MSU vs. OSU battle was a great show, however, with an even greater ending. The Spartans prevailed, 68-64, and now are rightfully this year’s Big Ten champion.

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The victory earned Michigan State a No. 1 seed in the West Region of the NCAA tournament beginning this week. The Spartans will play Long Island University-Brooklyn in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday 9:20 p.m. The winner will play Sunday against the winner of the Memphis vs. St. Louis matchup.

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Michigan, a fourth seed in the Midwest Region, will play Mid-American Conference Champion Ohio University on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., at 7:20 p.m. The winner of that game will play the emergent winner Sunday from a Friday game between Temple and the winner of an earlier Wednesday game between the University of South Florida and California.

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We’re on daylight saving time now, and let’s hope that all your clocks are sprung ahead.
There are only nine more days of winter, the ice is breaking up on the lakes, and the weather is calling for temperatures in the 60s this week.

Climate change notwithstanding, winters don’t get much milder than this one. Given the financial struggles facing a lot of families these days, it has been a blessing.

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What with college basketball’s March Madness starting, and St Patrick’s Day next weekend, there’ll be plenty of entertainment opportunities. Check out today’s edition of The Buzz for two pages of St. Patrick’s Day event listings and other area offerings.

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