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Despite loss to Wisconsin, Michigan’s Big Ten outlook still favorable

Feb 9, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

Mitch McGary AP

It might take some time for No. 3 Michigan to shake off its disappointing 65-62 loss to Wisconsin Saturday afternoon in Madison. After a rainbow three from Tim Hardaway, Jr. sailed through with 0:02 remaining, it looked all but over, until a half-court buzzer-beater from Ben Brust sent the game into overtime where the Wolverines lost control.

But fret not, Michigan. In the nation’s toughest conference, your upcoming schedule is perhaps the most favorable of any of the Big Ten contenders.

Of Michigan’s three remaining road games, they face a tough No. 12 Michigan State team, but then move on to play Penn State and Purdue. By contrast, No. 1 Indiana has four games remaining on the road, all of which are against ranked team. The Hoosiers meet No. 10 Ohio State in Columbus Sunday, then No. 12 Michigan State, then No. 18 Minnesota, and end the season on the road against this very same Michigan team.

Michigan State has the benefit of playing Purdue and Nebraska as two of its four remaining road games, but also meets No. 10 Ohio State and Michigan away from East Lansing.

Then, of course, factor in Wisconsin and Ohio State into the race and the plot thickens.

But, for Michigan, despite the loss, the road is built to keep them solidly in the race for the Big Ten title. Mitch McGary showed Saturday that he can be the final piece of a four-scorers-plus-one lineup that also includes Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Hardaway, Jr.

The Big Ten race won’t be a cake walk, but Michigan controls one important category: the luck of the draw in scheduling.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. xli2006 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Bold statement with Michigan having to travel to MSU next game.

    IU’s loss to Illinois in a game IU led comfortably for most of the way was a major twist in the B10 race. This Mich loss to Wisc was just as big.

    IU / Mich / MSU / OSU in a 4 team race with Wisc lurking.

  2. packhawk04 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    He was comparing schedules after michigans game with MSU, which he called a tough game. But dont worry, it seems like the majority of people that come on here cant read, and if they can, arent smart enough to comprehend it. Youre not alone.

  3. judkast - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    There should be no #1 this year. Just leave it blank. There are too many good teams that can beat anyone else in a given night

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