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GBMWolverine: Michigan Basketball -- #13 Michigan at Penn State -- Sunday is a Day of Possible Transformation for UM Basketball

Posted at 6:00am — 3/4/2012

GBMWolverine: Michigan Basketball — #13 Michigan at Penn State — Sunday is a Day of Possible Transformation for UM Basketball

Michigan Basketball
#13 Michigan at Penn State
State College, Pennsylvania
Bryce Jordan Center
Sunday — 3/4/2012
1:00pm – 3:00pm
DirecTV Channel 206

Another game to watch later in the day

Ohio State at Michigan State
East Lansing, Michigan
Breslin Center
Sunday — 3/4/2012
4:00pm – 6:00pm
DirecTV Channel (Local CBS)

There are a few thousand intellectual types that are awaiting the transformation from magnetic north to magnetic south. This may happen tomorrow or in the next few thousand years. One transformation that is much more possible is an affirmation of the Michigan basketball program on Sunday at Penn State. There is no guarantee, just the assumption the odds of this happening are far greater than the needle-changing course on the compass.

Michigan’s needle could change tomorrow, from a non-factor in the conference power structure to a bona fide upper echelon power. This transformation would be quite an accomplishment and provide an opportunity to truly continue the building Coach Beilein has patiently undertaken.

The current roster is no best than 4th or fifth in overall roster talent, but with one game to play Michigan has a chance. To be in the same air as the tough Spartans and the talented Buckeyes is impressive.

Tomorrow’s task is simple; worry only about what can be controlled, that is, the play of Michigan. This must be a game of energy played with no fear, but also with poise patience and smarts. It is difficult to play two games on the road in a short time frame, but the phrase “so what” applies. Ohio State would rather play at Penn State than at East Lansing. The team could well be limited at center with the injury to Morgan. Again, this must be overcome, not dwelled upon.

A win tomorrow is a building block regardless of the conference outcome at East Lansing. So there is little to say except go get them. My brother-in-law in younger days when we were playing golf with some proficiency would always pull out a driver and attempt to put the ball on the green of a dogleg par four over water, simply saying “God hates a coward.” Once in a while the ball found the green, and sometimes the water. Let us hope the Wolverines stay dry and come away with a big win.

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