Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Michigan gets ready for UCLA

Last season, when the Michigan men’s basketball team traveled to Pauley Pavilion, it came up just short, falling 80-79 to an upstart UCLA team.

Though Michigan took a late six-point lead, the Bruins stormed back in the final four minutes and gained control of the game. Without its injured leader, Michigan couldn’t maintain the intensity needed to finish strong.

The Wolverines also stand on the cusp of a top-25 ranking. In the Associated Press poll that came out yesterday, Michigan received 115 votes — the most of any teams not ranked in the top 25. Michigan last made a top-25 appearance during the 1996-97 season, reaching its highest spot at 20.

“It’s going to be a big game for us,” Abram said. “It’s an ESPN game. Dicky V’s coming to town. I haven’t seen him, and I’m excited about that. We’re going to be excited to come out there and perform in front of our fans.” Michigan Daily


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