Michigan Wolverines: Lewis Jackson

A season after I correctly picked Ohio State over Penn State in the Big Ten championship game prior to last season's Big Ten tournament -- the Buckeyes weren’t a stretch, the Talor Battle-led Nittany Lions were -- I’m back again to try and ferret out another successful Big Ten tournament bracket.

Having success last year means this year, well, it means nothing.

Especially because this season, with three teams sharing the regular season title and almost every team in the league competitive, it will be harder than ever. It is also why it is easy to see how going chalk this season could be a big mistake.

3 keys vs. Purdue 

February, 25, 2012
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Michigan is looking for its first undefeated home season in more than 30 years, and a win over Purdue in the Crisler Center on Saturday would do that. The No. 13 Wolverines are on a four-game win streak (a season best) and look to be making a very strong statement to the selection committees before this final stretch.

But the Wolverines can’t get too far ahead of themselves and must focus on Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers. But if they want to keep this streak alive, here are three keys for them to do that:
1.) Don’t get too emotional. It’s a big day for the Wolverines: their final home game, a chance at a 16-0 record at home, senior night for two captains who have helped turn around the program. They’ve had emotional games in Crisler before (Michigan State, Ohio State), but there is a lot more riding on this one for Michigan. Yes, there are several pressures weighing on this game. But the Wolverines need to do everything in their power to treat this like every other game they’ve played this season in Ann Arbor, whether it be Towson or Minnesota.

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Burke a Cousy nominee

December, 19, 2011
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Michigan freshman point guard Trey Burke has had a surprising rookie year for the Wolverines, and the award committees are taking notice.

Burke was one of 60 candidates named Monday for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the country's top point guard. He is averaging 13.1 points and 4.7 assists this season.

Burke is one of five Big Ten point guards on the list, joining Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Purdue's Lewis Jackson, Penn State's Tim Frazier and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.

Interestingly, this nomination comes a season after former Michigan point guard Darius Morris -- eventually a second-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers -- was snubbed from the Cousy Award list.

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