Common foesPurdue is the only common opponent Michigan and Oklahoma have faced. The Sooners beat the Boilermakers 87-82 in overtime Nov. 28 in the NIT Season Tipoff final at Madison Square Garden. Michigan split with Purdue, winning at home 87-78 and losing at Purdue 67-49.
Beilein vs. the SoonersMichigan coach John Beilein says he’s got a lot to learn about Oklahoma and Blake Griffin in the next day. About all Beilein professes to know about the Sooners is his West Virginia team faced OU in the 2005 All-College Classic. The Mountaineers won in a romp, 92-68, and the only Sooners left from that team — Kelvin Sampson’s last season as coach — are Austin Johnson and Taylor Griffin. "I really don’t know anything about him,” Beilein said of Griffin. "You can bet in the next 12 hours I’ll learn as much as I can learn.”
Inspiration over perspiration?Beilein passed on a morning shoot-around Thursday in favor of a team tour of the College Basketball Hall of Fame, located in the Sprint Center complex. The Wolverines shot 39.2 percent from the field against Clemson.
Putting the Webber scandal behind?The game with Clemson marked Michigan’s first NCAA Tournament victory since a 1998 first-round win over Davidson — when the so-called "Fab Five” were juniors. That drought can be attributed largely to the effects of probation resulting from what the NCAA calls the largest financial scandal in its history. Booster Ed Martin, now deceased, told the federal government he lent more than $616,000 to four Michigan players, including Chris Webber. The scandal prompted Michigan to remove its 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners from Crisler Arena and delete all mention of Webber from its record books. BY MIKE SHERMAN