Michigan Wolverines news: Key Michigan Football updates, huge wins for hoops, and more

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Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh offered some key updates to the media on Thursday, the Michigan Wolverines swept in hoops and more. 

It’s always illuminating when Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh meets with the media and he certainly said a lot when he did so on Thursday to talk about spring practices.

The long-time head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talked about the interest in the NFL and that even some members of the staff still had NFL interest — Jesse Minter.

That might not be what Michigan football fans want to hear but if you have success, the NFL is going to come calling. Harbaugh views it as a positive thing and he should. He also said he was right where he predicted he would be — coaching at Michigan.

Harbaugh also reiterated that he has no problem with Warde Manuel and here’s a transcript of his full remarks via Wolverines Wire. As well as the things that caught my interest — Harbaugh calling 6-foot-4 freshman Amorion Walker a starter at cornerback was notable.

Harbaugh does that sort of thing a lot, but you could sense the excitement as he talked about what Walker has done through two practices. There’s no doubt, Walker is a freak and the idea of him and Will Johnson at cornerback has to be positively frightening for opponents.

Blake Corum, Michigan football star running back will also miss the spring according to Harbaugh, but that’s not concerning to me. It will give more reps to Donovan Edwards, as well as youngsters like CJ Stokes and freshman enrollee Cole Cabana.

Michigan Wolverines get two huge wins in basketball

The Michigan basketball team was at Rutgers last night and despite falling behind 13-3 to start the game, the Wolverines dominated on defense and won 58-45.

I’m not an expert, but holding a Quad-1 opponent to 45 points and beating them by 13 in their own gym has to help the resume. It was the fourth Quad-1 victory for Michigan basketball which essentially started the week as the ninth team out according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.

Another bubble team, Wisconsin, comes to Ann Arbor on Sunday and if Michigan basketball could win that game and split against Illinois/Indiana on the road, it would probably need just one win in the Big Ten tournament to make it.

If this Michigan basketball team has five Quad-1 wins, with three on the road, plus the same record as last season, it would be hard for me to see the Wolverines being left out.

In women’s basketball, the Michigan Wolverines also notched an important win over Rutgers. Michigan was the 16th-seeded (overall) team according to the NCAA committee, meaning they would be the final No. 4 seed which is allowed to host a regional (first and second round) if that holds.

That means the Michigan women’s basketball team has little room for error but on Thursday, Emily Kiser went off for 34 points in a Senior night win for the Wolverines.

Leigha Brown didn’t play for the Michigan Wolverines but it didn’t matter as Kizer made 14-of17 shots and both of her 3-point attempts in a 71-53 win. Maddie Nolan also tacked on 15 points and connected three times from beyond the arc.

Michigan will close out the season Sunday at Wisconsin. The Wolverines are 21-7 overall and 11-6 in the Big Ten conference.

Michigan Wolverines hockey to host Notre Dame

The regular season for Michigan hockey will end this week with a weekend series against Notre Dame at Yost in Ann Arbor. The fourth-ranked Wolverines will host Notre Dame, which is ranked 20th.

The Wolverines are 20-12-2 overall and 12-9-1 in the Big Ten standings. They are looking to get more points to lock up the No. 2 seed, which would give them home ice until the Big Ten title game which was the same as last season when Michigan won the Big Ten tournament title and eventually reached the Frozen Four.

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Michigan and Notre Dame will square off at 7 PM EST on Friday, followed by an 8 PM EST start on Saturday.