ncaa mens basketball http://michiganradio.org en MSU loses to UConn, E. Lansing stays calm http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-loses-uconn-e-lansing-stays-calm <p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="198" data-total-count="198" id="story-continues-1" itemprop="articleBody">Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and Connecticut beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the N.C.A.A. tournament.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:24:31 +0000 Associated Press 17034 at http://michiganradio.org MSU loses to UConn, E. Lansing stays calm MSU and U of M reach the Elite Eight http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-and-u-m-reach-elite-eight <p>UNDATED (AP) - The NCAA men's regional finals are set following Friday night's action. Second seed Michigan will take on No. 8 Kentucky in the Midwest final at Indianapolis, and fourth seed Michigan St. will battle No. 7 Connecticut in the East at New York's Madison Square Garden.<br /> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:25:41 +0000 The Associated Press 17023 at http://michiganradio.org MSU and U of M reach the Elite Eight Michigan and Michigan State both advance to Sweet 16 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-and-michigan-state-both-advance-sweet-16 <p></p><p><span lang="EN">It's on to the Sweet Sixteen for the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. </span><span lang="EN">Michigan held off Texas&nbsp;79 to 65.</span></p><p align="LEFT" dir="LTR"><span lang="EN">Michigan Coach John Beilein&nbsp;says the win again shows the similarities this year's Wolverines squad has to last year's team, which finished second in the NCAA.</span></p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 03:17:31 +0000 Vincent Duffy 16941 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan and Michigan State both advance to Sweet 16 Viva la bearcat! The most wonderfully bizarre mascots of the NCAA http://michiganradio.org/post/viva-la-bearcat-most-wonderfully-bizarre-mascots-ncaa <p>The Madness of March has officially commenced, bringing along its usual mix of bracket trash talk, early upsets, and billion-dollar promises.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, of course, mascots.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For Michigan fans, March Madness has brought out our usual suspects: the Wolverines, the Spartans, and, for a fleeting moment, the Broncos.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And while many (</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-picks-michigan-state-win-mens-ncaa-tourney" style="line-height: 1.5;">including the president</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">) think that the Great Lakes State has some winning teams, on a mascot level, we sure don’t compete.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis </span>Billikens<span style="line-height: 1.5;">? The Tulsa Golden Hurricane? And what in the name of all things sports is a </span>Bearcat<span style="line-height: 1.5;">?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So here it is, in all its glory — a glimpse of some of the mascot heroes of this year’s &nbsp;March Madness.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How a vaguely scary good-luck charm became a fifth-seeded mascot</span></strong></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:45:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16932 at http://michiganradio.org Viva la bearcat! The most wonderfully bizarre mascots of the NCAA Powerhouse basketball programs in Michigan playing the right way http://michiganradio.org/post/powerhouse-basketball-programs-michigan-playing-right-way <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Sunday, the Michigan Wolverines faced the Michigan State Spartans in the final of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">After a decade of domination by the Spartans, John Beilein’s Wolverines held the upper hand the past few years. They surprised just about everyone when they won the regular season Big Ten title this year by three games. Now they had the rare chance to beat the Spartans three times in one season.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Well, they say beating your archrival three times is almost impossible, and that proved true.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:09:32 +0000 John U. Bacon 16910 at http://michiganradio.org Powerhouse basketball programs in Michigan playing the right way March Madness begins for three Michigan universities today http://michiganradio.org/post/march-madness-begins-three-michigan-universities-today <p>Big Ten tournament champion Michigan State University, runner-up University of Michigan and Mid-American conference champion Western Michigan University all play their first tournament games today.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16900 at http://michiganradio.org March Madness begins for three Michigan universities today President Obama picks Michigan State to win men's NCAA tourney http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-picks-michigan-state-win-mens-ncaa-tourney <p>President Obama, known as the first basketball fan in the White House, filled out his brackets for the NCAA men's basketball tournament yesterday.</p><p>He picked Michigan State to win it all.</p><p>"It's been awhile since Izzo won one," he said.</p><p>From <a href="http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/2014/story/_/id/10630406/louisville-michigan-st-arizona-florida-president-barack-obama-final-four">ESPN.com</a>:</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:24:34 +0000 Mark Brush 16898 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama picks Michigan State to win men's NCAA tourney Michigan law enforcement boosting drunken driving patrols http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-law-enforcement-boosting-drunken-driving-patrols <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Local, county and state law enforcement officials say they're stepping up patrols to catch drunken drivers during a period that includes St. Patrick's Day, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments and spring break.<br /><br />The Michigan State Police said this week that officers from 144 agencies in 26 counties are part of the crackdown that runs through April 7. The effort is coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and receives federal traffic safety funds.<br /> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16863 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan law enforcement boosting drunken driving patrols If John Beilein is not the Big Ten Coach of the Year, Michigan should demand a recount http://michiganradio.org/post/if-john-beilein-not-big-ten-coach-year-michigan-should-demand-recount <p>Once Tom Izzo got Michigan State’s basketball team rolling in the late ‘90s, the Spartans dominated the state for more than a decade.</p><p>Izzo’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> teams have earned 16 straight NCAA invitations, seven Big Ten titles, five Final Fours, and one national title, in 2000. Along the way, </span>Izzo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took 18 of 21 against the Wolverines, who have had four different head coaches during his tenure.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 16755 at http://michiganradio.org If John Beilein is not the Big Ten Coach of the Year, Michigan should demand a recount Wolverine guard Trey Burke leaving Ann Arbor for the NBA http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverine-guard-trey-burke-leaving-ann-arbor-nba <p>The Michigan Wolverines are losing a key player on their men’s basketball team.</p><p>Sophomore guard Trey Burke led the team to the NCAA championship this month.&nbsp; &nbsp;Along the way, Burke picked up multiple awards, including the Associated Press college player of the year. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;So it’s not really a surprise that he will forego his final years of college eligibility to possibly a big pay day in the NBA.&nbsp;</p><p>Burke considered going pro a year ago, but decided to come back for his sophomore season. He led Michigan to the NCAA title game, where the Wolverines lost to Louisville.</p><p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:29:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 12135 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverine guard Trey Burke leaving Ann Arbor for the NBA From out of the sewers, Michigan finds its man in John Beilein http://michiganradio.org/post/out-sewers-michigan-finds-its-man-john-beilein <p>It wasn’t that long ago that Michigan’s basketball program was not merely unsuccessful, but the shame of the athletic department.</p><p>Bo Schembechler fired basketball coach Bill Frieder on the eve of the 1989 NCAA tournament, famously barking, “A Michigan Man will coach Michigan.”</p><p>Assistant Coach Steve Fisher filled in, and the team “shocked the world” by winning Michigan’s first-ever national title in basketball.</p><p>But on the eve of Fisher’s ninth season, he too was fired in disgrace, because some players had been paid by a booster.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:32:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 12108 at http://michiganradio.org From out of the sewers, Michigan finds its man in John Beilein Michigan falls short in NCAA men's basketball championship game http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-falls-short-ncaa-mens-basketball-championship-game <p>An impressive run through the NCAA tournament came up short for the Michigan Wolverines last night in Atlanta.&nbsp;</p><p>After running up a double digit lead in the first half, the Wolverines succumbed to Louisville’s pressure defense.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Cardinals kept up their hot shooting on offense and did just enough to put away Michigan down the stretch.</p><p>The final score: Louisville 82-Michigan 76.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines did have some standout performances.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 04:06:56 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 12057 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan falls short in NCAA men's basketball championship game Why the Wolverines are at the Championship, and what fans are wearing http://michiganradio.org/post/why-wolverines-are-championship-and-what-fans-are-wearing <p></p><p>Wolverines across the country will be watching the NCAA championship game tonight, but what's happening with the team when their off-screen?</p><p>There's no doubt that this team has some extraordinary players. What are they doing that works so well?</p><p>Is it the combination of a veteran coach and a young team?</p><p>Michigan Radio's Sports Commentator John U. Bacon gave us insight into what has made&nbsp;<em>this</em>&nbsp;team bring the University of Michigan to the championship for the first time since 1989.&nbsp;</p><p>Well, whatever it is, they've got fans buying new gear. Wolverines are sporting apparel with new slogans like, "We on," and "Rise to the occasion."&nbsp;</p><p>They aren't the only ones happy about the championship. Sports apparel shops in Ann Arbor are experiencing a very healthy surge in sales.&nbsp;</p><p>Todd Goetz is the manager of the Ulrich's Bookstore in Ann Arbor, which also sells Wolverine merchandise.</p><p><em>To listen to the audio, click the link above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:37:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 12047 at http://michiganradio.org Why the Wolverines are at the Championship, and what fans are wearing Wolverines play for NCAA title tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverines-play-ncaa-title-tonight <p>The Michigan Wolverines will play tonight for what would be the Ann Arbor school’s first NCAA men’s basketball title since 1989.</p><p>It’s been 20 years since the Wolverines last played in a national championship game.&nbsp; They lost that game to North Carolina. The year before the team lost to Duke.</p><p>In the two decades since, U of M has made quick exits from the March Madness tournament.</p><p>The Louisville Cardinals have been more successful lately in the tournament, but their last national title was in 1986.</p><p>Tip off for tonight’s game will be after 9.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 04:44:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12043 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverines play for NCAA title tonight Michigan defeats Syracuse, Wolverines will play Louisville in NCAA title game http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-defeats-syracuse-wolverines-will-play-louisville-ncaa-title-game <p></p><p>Michigan is headed to Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball national championship.</p><p>The Michigan Wolverines survived a late surge by the Syracuse Orange to win Saturday night’s national semi-final .&nbsp;&nbsp; The final score was 61 to 56.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 04:08:01 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 12039 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan defeats Syracuse, Wolverines will play Louisville in NCAA title game Final Four Time-Michigan Wolverines play Syracuse Orange tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/final-four-time-michigan-wolverines-play-syracuse-orange-tonight <p>The Michigan Wolverines are just one game away from playing for the NCAA men’s basketball national championship. But first, they must play the Syracuse Orange in tonight’s national semi-final in Atlanta.</p><p></p><p>The Wolverines will have to solve the mystery of Syracuse's zone defense, which has perplexed all their opponents so far in the March Madness tournament.</p><p></p><p>“You can’t simulate it in practice,” U of M coach John Beilein told reporters earlier this week, “It’s a thing we have to work at and we’ll be as ready as we can be.”</p><p></p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 13:39:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12022 at http://michiganradio.org Final Four Time-Michigan Wolverines play Syracuse Orange tonight Detroit's mayor rooting AGAINST Michigan in Final Four matchup Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-mayor-rooting-against-michigan-final-four-matchup-saturday-0 <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will be at Saturday night’s Michigan-Syracuse basketball game in Atlanta.</p><p>He will be rooting against the Wolverines.</p><p>Dave Bing is a Syracuse graduate.&nbsp; In fact he played on the same basketball team as current Orange coach Jim Boeheim.</p><p>“At the beginning of March Madness, I thought Louisville was the best team. But both Michigan and Syracuse have played much better than I anticipated. They deserve to be there,” Mayor Bing said in a written statement, &nbsp;“If Syracuse wins, it’s not going to be an easy win for them.”</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:41:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 12029 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's mayor rooting AGAINST Michigan in Final Four matchup Saturday Michigan fans scrambling to find tickets and hotel rooms in Atlanta for the Final Four http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-fans-scrambling-find-tickets-and-hotel-rooms-atlanta-final-four <p>The University of Michigan’s allotment of tickets to this weekend’s Final Four basketball games is going quickly.</p><p></p><p>The last of the more than three thousand tickets might be scooped up by season ticket holders and students by the end of today.</p><p></p><p>Wolverine fans are not only scrambling for tickets.&nbsp; They are also looking for places to stay in Atlanta for Saturday’s semi-final game against Syracuse and hopefully Monday’s national championship game.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:22:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11962 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan fans scrambling to find tickets and hotel rooms in Atlanta for the Final Four In this morning's news: Right to work, medical marijuana changes, Wolverines in Final Four http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-right-work-medical-marijuana-changes-wolverines-final-four <p><strong>Michiganders evenly divided over right-to-work law</strong></p><p>"A Michigan State University poll finds state residents about evenly divided over whether the new right-to-work law will help or hurt the economy. 43 percent of those polled say the law will help Michigan's economy, while 41 percent say it will hurt," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Medical marijuana law changes begin today</strong></p><p>More changes to Michigan's medical marijuana law goes into effect today. As the Associated Press <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/changes-michigans-medical-marijuana-law-kick-monday">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"The measures define the type of doctor-patient relationship that is needed before medical marijuana use can be certified. For example, a doctor must complete a face-to-face evaluation of the patient. . . Among the many other changes is that state-issued cards given to people who have a doctor's endorsement for medical-marijuana use will be good for two years instead of one."</p></blockquote><p><strong>University of Michigan makes Final Four</strong></p><p>The University of Michigan will move on to the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverines-headed-final-four">Final Four</a> in NCAA basketball. Michigan beat the University of Florida 79-59. The U of M will play Syracuse University Saturday in the national semi-final.</p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:03:53 +0000 Emily Fox 11950 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Right to work, medical marijuana changes, Wolverines in Final Four Wolverines headed to the Final Four http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverines-headed-final-four <p>There will be one Michigan team playing in the Final Four in next weekend’s NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Wolverines jumped to a double digit lead early in their Elite Eight game against the Florida Gators on Sunday. And they never relinquished their lead. The final score was 79 to 59.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Michigan is the only Big Ten team to reach the Final Four. Michigan State and Ohio State both lost tournament games over the weekend.</p><p></p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:55:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 11948 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverines headed to the Final Four