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Dance Card: Michigan, Big Ten

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It's not always pretty for Michigan, a defensive squad that can be streaky offensively. Junior post Rachel Sheffer leads the team in scoring with 13.1 per game, adding just over a block a game.

Who? The Wolverines of Michigan.

What? The origin of the Wolverine name is contested. There is no costumed or live mascot. The symbol is the thing.

Where? Ann Arbor, Michigan.

When? March 18th, in Norman, Oklahoma.

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Somewhat. A lot of folks thought their bubble had popped, thanks to a .500 conference record.

RPI: 45

SOS: 44

Record: 20-11 (9-9 Big Ten)

Good wins: Ohio State.

Bad losses: At Wisconsin.

Who's running this show? Kevin Borseth, since 2007, a Michigander by birth.


It's not always pretty for Michigan, a defensive squad that can be streaky offensively. Junior post Rachel Sheffer leads the team in scoring with 13.1 per game, adding just over a block a game. Senior guard Courtney Boylan can be very creative offensively and has settled down a bit since the non-conference season. (Many of my perceptions of Michigan were shaped by their game against Seton Hall. That may not be fair to them, and I'm sorry... but you should have played a lot better against a team as bad as Seton Hall.) Junior Jenny Ryan is a solid point guard averaging over four assists and three steals per game. They can make a game ugly, but sometimes that's not a good thing for them.