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Michigan picked to win 2016 Big Ten baseball championship

Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners

Twitter: Did Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh just call out SEC?

Jim Harbaugh and Michigan want to take part of spring practice on the road to talent-laden Florida. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The SEC wants Michigan to have no part in this – even if it is during the University of Michigan’s spring break. The conference made that fact known Tuesday. Early Wednesday afternoon, Harbaugh sent out the tweet embedded above. Think the two are related? For what it’s worth, Harbaugh also tweeted a cryptic message after the San Francisco 49ers fired Jim Tomsula, who replaced Harbaugh.  

Watch Michigan WR Amara Darboh make another highlight catch

Amara Darboh did it in a game, so certainly he’d have no trouble doing it in practice. The Michigan wide receiver who dropped jaws with his Odell Beckham Jr.-like catch last fall vs. BYU is at it again. This time, it came vs. air in the team practice facility; nevertheless, the leaping-full-extension-one-handed catch was impressive. The most impressive part of the video might be the ease with which Darboh hauled it in. It isn’t that easy, folks. Watch the catch on a pass from Wilton Speight in the video above. *** If you, somehow, missed the aforementioned catch vs. BYU,

SEC trying to prevent Michigan from spring break practices

(AP) The Southeastern Conference is asking for a rule preventing football teams from holding practices during spring break. [ MORE: Get more coverage at FOXSports.com ] The move comes nearly a week after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on national signing day that the Wolverines would practice in Florida over spring break starting later this month. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Tuesday that ”intentionally public and prominent” decision seems to be a move in ”the wrong direction” amid the talk about easing time demands on athletes. CBSSports.com first reported the SEC’s request presented to the new NCAA Football Oversight Committee,

Ex-Michigan G Zack Novak to be in BTN studio Wednesday night

Former Michigan guard and Academic All-Big Ten regular Zack Novak will be in the Big Ten Network studio Wednesday night for the Wolverines’ game at Minnesota (9 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Novak, Michigan’s all-time leader in career minutes (4,357) and just the second Wolverine to serve as captain for three seasons, gradated in 2012 and spent the 2012-13 season with Landstede Basketbal in Zwolle, Netherlands. That proved to be Novak’s one and only pro season, as the Ross School of Business graduate opted to put his degree to work. He has spent the past year as an operations associate at Uptake

Game Rankings: Two Indiana games top week's loaded slate

It goes without saying that we will discover the true colors of Indiana this week. And could Maryland finally lose a Big Ten home game? Here is a ranking of this week’s 12 games. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] 1. Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. Remember when the Hoosiers were riding a 12-game winning streak? Now, IU is 2-2 in its last four games and faces a rugged slate of games.

Bracketology: Don't forget about surging Wisconsin Badgers

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. But Wisconsin—winners of five in a row–is making some noise in Lunardi’s analysis. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] JERRY PALM No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 play-in foe, East No.

Power Rankings: Iowa stays on top; Michigan State, Purdue climb

We are now past the halfway point in conference play, and we have certainly learned a lot. There is still plenty of basketball to be played, but it’s time to start to identify the teams that are maintaining a high level of play and/or trending upward at the moment. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] The parity in college basketball and in the Big Ten in particular makes these rankings a

Maryland Terrapins take over at No. 2 in AP, Coaches' Top 25 polls

Maryland men’s basketball lands at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll and Iowa follows up at No 4 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Also Monday, Maryland is at No. 2 in The USA Today Coaches Poll, while Iowa received three first-place votes and landed at No. 5 overall. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Maryland received 13 No. 1 votes in the AP poll and moved up two spots from No