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