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Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 11:32 a.m.

Basketball or hockey: Which Michigan team will you watch Friday?

By Pete Cunningham

Big fan of the Michigan hockey and basketball teams?

You'll have to choose one on Friday.

The Michigan hockey team will take on Bowling Green at 7:35 p.m. (Fox Sports Detroit) in the seminal round of the CCHA playoffs on Friday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, 15 minutes after the basketball team tips off against Ohio in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Nashville.

Bowling Green secured the inconvenient matchup for the Wolverines fan base on Sunday night by eliminating CCHA regular season champion Ferris State. The 4-3 win was the Falcons' second overtime victory of the best-of-three series.

Ferris State, the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, beat Bowling Green all four times the teams played during the regular season, outscoring them 18-5.

But Bowling Green hasn't been playing like a last-place team of late, something Michigan is all too aware of.

Michigan split its series with Bowling Green in the final weekend of the regular season. Michigan coach Red Berenson said he thinks that weekend helped give Bowling Green some confidence heading into the playoffs.

"I think Bowling Green showed that they can play good hockey. ... Take the whole weekend against us, I mean they were there the whole weekend, especially on Saturday night, and their season was on the line and they played well," Berenson said last week, following Bowling Green's first-round upset of Northern Michigan.

"I think our series helped them, they went in there and played with some confidence and got some breaks on the goals and in the playoffs it doesn’t matter what you’ve done or haven’t done. That’s why there are upsets every year."

Pete Cunningham can be reached at or by phone at 734-623-2561. Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.



Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 3:35 a.m.

Well, I'd be watching the Icers, as college hockey is my favorite sport, but Comcast doesn't offer Fox Sports Detroit in Seattle where I live. So it may well be basketball on TV and hockey audio streaming.

Rob MI

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 8:45 p.m.

Almost anything beats hockey at the Joe. However, I'm not going to the Joe to watch the Joe...I'm going to the Joe to watch the hockey team. I'll be cheering for the hockey team in person but trying to catch a glimpse of the basketball team on one of the ancient TVs lining the ancient, drab, nasty JLA concourse during the first intermission.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 6:46 p.m.

Hockey game can watch the last 32 seconds of a basketball game and see all you need the rest of the game is just boring.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:10 p.m.

basketball is only like that if you don't care who wins, if you care who wins it's by far the most frustrating thing to watch in the world....


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 5:21 p.m.

I will watch State play basketball. You Wolverines should stick to hockey-something Michigan is good at!


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 3:10 p.m.

Michigan Hockey: 22 straight NCAA Tournaments. MSU Hockey: Hasn't made the Tournament since 2008. You're right!

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 4:55 p.m.

you also oversited what channel basketball is on.the old paper snews made it clear,this newfangled cyber paper seldom does.

Pete Cunningham

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

Mr. McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq., It's on TNT at 7:20 p.m.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 4:51 p.m.

Stream the bball game without sound while listening to the hockey game on Unless I can find the online stream of the hockey game somewhere....

Stephen Landes

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

The poll missed an obvious option -- find a table at your favorite multiscreen establishment and enjoy both games at the same time.

Pete Cunningham

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 4:36 p.m.

Terrible oversite on my part. The option has been added. The first 49 votes in the poll it should be noted didn't have the bar option for those of you using this poll for scientific research.