Michigan to Host Musketeers, Raiders Midweek, Travel to Maryland This Weekend


Michigan to Host Musketeers, Raiders Midweek, Travel to Maryland This Weekend

5/9/2022 10:05:00 AM

// Kurt Svoboda

» Michigan will host Xavier on Tuesday (May 10) and Wright State on Wednesday (May 11) for a pair of midweek non-conference games.

» The Wolverines will then travel to Maryland over the weekend (May 13-15) for U-M’s final road games of the 2022 regular season.

» Michigan is tied with Penn State for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-8 league record.

This Week

Tuesday, May 10 — Xavier (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 11 — Wright State (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.

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Friday, May 13 — at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 6:30 p.m.

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Saturday, May 14 — at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 2 p.m.

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Sunday, May 15 — at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 1 p.m.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan baseball team (24-20, 10-8 B1G) will wrap up a five-game home stand at Ray Fisher Stadium with a pair of midweek games against Xavier (May 10) and Wright State (May 11) before taking to the road for a three-game Big Ten series at the University of Maryland (May 13-15).

Tuesday’s home game against Xavier will feature Baseball Bingo for chances to win great Michigan Baseball prizes. Wednesday’s game against Wright State will serve as Dollar Day at the Stadium. Dollar discounts will include $1 general admission tickets as well as $1 hot dogs, fountain drinks, chips and bottled water.

Michigan currently sits in a tie with Penn State for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference. The Wolverines’ final two Big Ten series will pit U-M against the top two teams in the league: Maryland (12-5, second place) and Rutgers (16-4, first place).

The Week That Was

• Michigan dropped two out of three games to Indiana last weekend (May 6-8), winning the opener with a trio of late-game home runs before losing late leads on both Saturday and Sunday in an otherwise well-played series.

• On Friday (May 6), Jimmy Obertop clubbed an opposite-field two-run homer to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 Michigan lead in the seventh inning. Dylan Stanton followed with a solo shot to left-center, and Clark Elliott drove a two-run homer high over the scoreboard in right field as U-M ultimately doubled up Maryland, 8-4, in the opener.

• Michigan couldn’t keep momentum over the weekend as it surrendered late leads in the second and third games of the series. U-M held a 5-3 lead through six innings on Saturday (May 7) before allowing a three-run seventh and ninth and dropping the game, 9-5. Similarly, the Wolverines couldn’t hold an 8-7 lead in the eighth inning on Sunday (May 8) in a 10-8 setback.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS

XAVIER

• The Musketeers, who already defeated U-M earlier this season in a midweek contest in March, enter play this week with a 25-23 overall record after sweeping Butler last weekend. The team has won four straight games and boasts four players with home runs in double figures, led by Luke Franzoni’s (.353 avg.) 20.

WRIGHT STATE

• Wright State also enters midweek play fresh off a weekend weep following three games against Youngstown State. The team sits at 23-21 overall and is on a six-game winning streak. Alec Sayre leads the offense with a .343 batting average, while Gehrig Anglin (.278 avg.) leads with 12 homers.

MARYLAND

• Maryland is currently 37-10 and has been ranked among the top-25 for much of the season. The Terrapins still have one game to play in their series against Big Ten-leading Rutgers on Monday (May 9). The teams split the first two games of a doubleheader on Sunday (May 8) with lopsided outcomes. Michigan defeated Maryland earlier in the season in a non-conference game played at East Carolina as U-M’s Joey Velazquez belted a pinch-hit three-run homer late in a well-played affair.

• The Terps’ potent offense is led by Troy Schreffler (.353 avg., 8-10 SB), Luke Shliger (.344 avg., 12-18 SB), Nick Lorusso (.335 avg., 9 HR), Chris Alleyne (.333 avg., 16 HR, 18-21 SB) and Kevin Keister (.318 avg.) while perennial all-conference talents Matt Shaw (.278 avg., 12 HR) and Maxwell Costes (.269 avg., 13 HR) remain ever dangerous on a team batting .301 combined.

• The pitching staff is also near the top of conference statistical leaders with Ryan Ramsey (9-0, 2.47 ERA) coming off a perfect game three weeks ago. Jason Savacool (7-2, 2.59 ERA) and ace Nick Dean (3-2, 4.12 ERA) also boast terrific command of their pitches.





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Cruising Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger ferry, from Ludington to Manitowoc, and on to Wisconsin’s scenic Door County


S.S. Badger on Lake Michigan

In October’s late afternoon sun, passengers on the S.S. Badger relax their way to Ludington, Mich., with a nap, a book, a game of chess, and gazing at Lake Michigan on one of the last ferry runs of the year.

LUDINGTON, Michigan – May brings the return of travelers, lining up their vehicles at Ludington’s Lake Michigan docks to board the famed S.S. Badger. The ferry is a National Historic Landmark, as well as an enjoyable ride across the lake toward summer vacation destinations in Wisconsin above Milwaukee: to Door County, and all points west.

For Ohioans, the ferry between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, is an alternative to the laborious multi-lane highways to Milwaukee, including the traffic crawl through Chicago. From Cleveland, the total drive to Manitowoc, north of Milwaukee, usually is at least eight hours. Charming beach vacation towns in Door County are another two hours north.



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Campus Maize & Blueprint | University of Michigan – Campus Maize & Blueprint


April 29, 2022

April 29, 2022, Campus COVID-19 Update

Decreasing cases

While the overall recent trend within Washtenaw county has remained steady, the number of new COVID-19 cases on campus has steadily decreased over the past two weeks. That trend is most apparent among the U-M student population and can be seen on the COVID-19 dashboard by selecting the student under status. For individuals seeking testing at University Health Service, the majority continued to experience mild symptoms. No campus metrics are currently being met. 

Updated COVID policies

Effective May 2, wearing a mask is no longer required on campus in instructional settings during class time or while on U-M buses. Masks remain required in patient care areas and at campus COVID-19 testing sites. The campus community is expected to remain up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations — completion of primary vaccine series and one booster — as outlined under the vaccination policy. Weekly testing remains required for those with an exemption from the vaccination policy and use of the daily symptom checker ResponsiBLUE, is expected. More details in the University Record.

Preventing COVID

Actions the community can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses include: staying home when sick; getting vaccinated against COVID-19, including boosters when eligible; wearing a face covering when around others; and getting tested before attending social activities or following close contact exposures. Free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits and masks are available on campus at select testing sites. More tips in this FAQ.

International travel guidance

As we come to an end of a successful in-person academic year and approach the summer travel season, the university has shared important guidance and tips for those planning to travel abroad during Summer 2022. Read the full campus message.

Pause on updates

The COVID-19 updates will pause for the spring-summer terms. For the latest information, visit the campus blueprint website.



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S.S. Badger travel tips: 7 things to do in Manitowoc after crossing Lake Michigan


A trip across Lake Michigan on the last operating coal-fired steam ship in the United States in an experience unto itself, but there’s lots more to do once you step off the gangway in Wisconsin.

The S.S. Badger traverses Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Michiganders looking for a unique getaway need search no further than this. Among Manitowoc’s offerings are a maritime museum with a World War II submarine, a free art museum, a non-motorized trail overlooking Lake Michigan, a brewery, a waterfront restaurant and music venue, and an aquatic center featuring a lazy river.

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Many of Manitowoc’s main attractions are within walking distance from the Badger dock, and the city’s tourism liaisons stationed at the ship office during arrivals are always happy to point travelers in the right direction.

Here’s a list of Manitowoc’s biggest attractions, according to city tourism officials:

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Children explore inside the USS Cobia, a restored World War II submarine, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, 75 Maritime Dr. in Manitowoc, Wis.City of Manitowoc

The crown jewel of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is its World War II submarine, the USS Cobia. The restored submarine is available for tours during museum hours and serves as an Airbnb for those who want a more intimate experience. The museum also has a rooftop bar, the Sub Pub, which serves craft beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages – downtown restaurants will deliver to hungry patrons.

Rahr-West Art Museum

A view of the Rahr-West Art Museum, which is situated in an old mansion at 610 N. 8th St. in Manitowoc, Wis.City of Manitowoc

Manitowoc has one of the top 10 fine art museums in Wisconsin – and admission is free. Inside an old mansion, the Rahr-West Art Museum has works by Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. It also has rotating exhibits.

For the outdoorsy types, Manitowoc offers the Mariners Trail. The non-motorized, 6.2-mile, asphalt trail is lined with gardens and includes views of Lake Michigan. The trail is universally accessible and good for walking, bicycling and inline skating. It begins at Blue Rail Beach, which is also home to the Manitowoc Lighthouse.

Manitowoc’s signature old-timey candy store, Beerntsen’s Confectionary, is known for its chocolate molding creations, things like high-heeled shoes and perfume bottles. With a custom order, they’ll make chocolates in any shape you wish. The store also serves ice cream, sandwiches and soup.

The Wharf

Patrons gather around the bar at The Wharf, 606 Quay St. in Manitowoc, Wis. The restaurant is known for its open-air patio that serves as a concert venue during the summer.City of Manitowoc

Newer to the Manitowoc scene is The Wharf, a lively bar, restaurant and music venue that features indoor and outdoor seating. The open-air patio has a retractable roof. The patio also serves as an entertainment venue with concerts every weekend in the summer.

PetSkull Brewing Company

A selection of craft purees is displayed on the bar top at PetSkull Brewing Company, 1015 Buffalo St. in Manitowoc, Wis.City of Manitowoc

Another new addition to the Manitowoc scene is PetSkull Brewing Company, a craft brewery and restaurant serving Cajun dishes and treats. It’s the only place in town to get a beignet. Known for unique flavors – like banana and blueberry lemonade – a new beer is released weekly.

The Manitowoc Aquatic Center is tops in family entertainment with an outdoor pool, lazy river, splash pad, two waterslides and a diving board. There’s also an 18-hole miniature golf course onsite.

HOW TO GET THERE: The S.S. Badger’s 2022 sailing season begins on Thursday, May 12, with daily departures from both Ludington and Manitowoc. Round trip passenger tickets range from $56 to $129. The ferry can also accommodate cars/trucks, trailers, motorcycles, RVs and bicycles.

The 69-year-old Badger became a National Historic Landmark in 2016. She is the last coal-fired passenger steam ship in the United States. The 410-foot vessel can accommodate 600 passengers and 180 vehicles.

The Badger first went to work in 1953 transporting railcars across Lake Michigan for Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company. But by 1980, that was no longer profitable for C&O, and the ship was sold. It continued to transport railcars until 1990 and seemed destined for the scrapyard at that point. However, she was saved in 1992 by Ludington native Charles Conrad who converted the big ship into a car ferry. The Badger has been transporting passengers and vehicles across Lake Michigan ever since.

The ship came under new ownership when Lake Michigan Carferry was bought by Interlake Holding Company in 2020.

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Patrick Lyoya: Family of unarmed Black man fatally shot during traffic stop in Michigan calls for termination and prosecution of officer




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The family of a Michigan man who was shot and killed by a police officer earlier this month during a traffic stop reiterated their call for the termination and prosecution of the officer during a news conference on Thursday.

“They will express to you how very devastated they are at seeing, in their words, their son executed,” said civil rights attorney Ben Crump during a news conference Thursday. Crump is representing the family of Patrick Lyoya, an unarmed Black man, who was fatally shot in Grand Rapids on April 4.

Crump and the Lyoya family were joined by attorneys, religious and community leaders at a city church for a “community conversation” about civil rights and police violence.

Lyoya’s parents, Dorcas and Peter, and his brother Thomas wept at the community forum calling for the prosecution of the officer involved in the incident and demanded justice for the 26-year-old.

The Lyoya family moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States in 2014. Patrick’s father said he thought he’d be safe during police encounters in the US.

“What is making me cry more is to see my son killed by a police officer for a small, small mistake,” Peter Lyoya said through an interpreter. “My life has come to an end.”

Patrick’s mother said she’s “deeply hurt and wounded” and cannot stop herself from crying.

“When we run away from war in the [Democratic Republic of the Congo], I thought that I came to a safe land. And now, I’m surprised and astonished to see that my son is shot here,” Dorcas Lyoya said through an interpreter. “That is my beloved son, and you know how you love your first-born son.”

The incident began just after 8 a.m. CT on April 4, when a police officer pulled over a vehicle for improper registration, authorities said.

As CNN reported yesterday, Grand Rapids police released several forms of video footage capturing the approximately two minute and 40 second interaction, which begins with the officer walking toward the car. Lyoya is seen exiting the vehicle and is instructed by the officer to get back in the car and asks him if he has a driver’s license and whether he speaks English, the video shows.

Lyoya confirms he speaks English and says his license is in the car. He opens the driver’s side front door and speaks to an unidentified passenger in the car. He then shuts his door, turns his back to the officer and appears to walk toward the front of the car, according to video footage.

The fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya by a Michigan police officer has sparked protests and rallies on his behalf.

“No, no, no, stop, stop,” the officer is heard saying. He then puts his hands on Lyoya’s shoulder and back. Lyoya is seen resisting the officer’s touch and quickly backs away from the officer, running away from him before the officer tackles him to the ground and tells Lyoya to “stop resisting.”

The video shows Lyoya getting up and standing, the officer drawing and then deploying a Taser.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom told reporters during a news conference that the Taser was deployed twice during the confrontation but the prongs didn’t hit Lyoya.

“Let go of the Taser,” the officer is heard saying on his body cam video.

At this point, the officer’s body worn camera was deactivated. Winstrom said it takes pushing a button for three seconds to turn off the body camera and he thought pressure from Lyoya’s body caused the deactivation.

Another angle of the incident, taken from a neighborhood home surveillance camera, captures the rest of the altercation. The officer is heard shooting Lyoya, according to audio from the video. The cell phone video also shows the fatal shot.

Lyoya was shot in the head, Winstrom said.

Patrick’s father described his son as “non-violent” and said he felt the officer was the one being aggressive. He also said during the event that he has the right to know the name of the person who killed his son and what his history is.

Winstrom said on Wednesday that the officer involved in the shooting will not be identified publicly unless there are criminal charges. The officer, who has been with the department for seven years, is on paid leave and his police powers were suspended, Winstrom said. Michigan State Police are conducting a criminal investigation.

“This video was very difficult to watch, because what you see in that video is an unnecessary and unjustifiable excessive use of force,” Crump said Thursday. Crump has represented the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Michael Brown and other high-profile victims of police violence.

During the news conference, Crump outlined different actions the officer could have taken to deescalate the situation instead of deploying his weapon.

“This officer failed to follow the basic training. When the officer engages Patrick he goes and puts his hands on him, and when Patrick goes to walk away he could’ve just stepped back and called for backup,” Crump said. “When you look at him escalating the situation, [the officer] was the one being violent.”

Crump said despite the officer’s violence, Lyoya did not retaliate and have “combat” with this officer.

“Even after he deployed the Taser twice, if he had been following his training, that would’ve presented to him again another opportunity to deescalate and call for backup,” Crump said. “What was so wrong about him calling for backup? It wasn’t like Patrick had murdered someone. It wasn’t like he had robbed anybody. He was being stopped for a traffic violation.”

Crump said there’s nothing in the body and surveillance footage that indicated Patrick was an immediate danger to the officer.

“You cannot shoot an unarmed person just because they resist,” Crump said, adding, “and you cannot shoot an unarmed person just because of the color of their skin.”

Crump said he and the Lyoya family have asked the state’s attorney to prosecute the officer to the fullest extent of the law.

Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, was also present during the event and called for the officer involved in the shooting to be “arrested, convicted and prosecuted.” Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville police officers executing a no-knock warrant at her apartment in March 2020.

In calling for police reform on the federal level, Crump said: “We can’t afford not one more day to pass, because as Tamika Palmer said, ‘how many more of our children have to die before we change the laws and change the policy here in the United States of America?’”

There have been multiple protests and rallies on behalf of Lyoya. On Tuesday evening, dozens of people called for justice as they rallied outside a City Commission meeting.



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Patrick Lyoya: Videos show the fatal police shooting of Michigan man after a struggle during a traffic stop


The department released video from a police body camera, a police unit’s dashcam, cell phone and a home surveillance system as officials answered reporters’ questions at a news conference about the deadly April 4 incident.

Police said before the news conference that neither the videos nor audio were edited. Some video images were redacted or blurred to ensure privacy.

Police Chief Eric Winstrom said the officer will not be identified publicly unless there are criminal charges. The officer is on paid leave and his police powers were suspended, the chief said. Michigan State Police are conducting a criminal investigation.

“The video clearly shows that this was an unnecessary, excessive, and fatal use of force against an unarmed Black man who was confused by the encounter and terrified for his life,” Crump said.

There have been multiple protests and rallies on behalf of Lyoya. On Tuesday evening, dozens of people called for justice as they rallied outside a City Commission meeting.

City officials said Wednesday they had taken “precautionary measures” around police headquarters in advance of expected demonstrations. Several hundred people protested outside the building after the video release, many chanting, “Justice for Patrick.”

People near police headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, protest the death of Patrick Lyoya.

What the videos show

The incident began just after 8 a.m. CT on April 4, when a police officer pulled over a vehicle for improper registration, authorities said. The officer has been with the department for seven years, according to police.

Lyoya, who was driving, gets out to talk to the officer, videos show.

The videos include the approximately two minute and 40 second interaction, which begins with the officer walking toward the car. Lyoya is seen exiting the vehicle and is instructed by the officer to “get back in the car … dude, I’m stopping ya, do you have a license? Do you have a license?”

“For what?” Lyoya responds.

“I’m stopping ya, do you have a license? Do you have a driver’s license, do you speak English?” he asks.

Lyoya confirms he speaks English and says his license is in the car. He opens the driver’s side front door and speaks to an unidentified passenger in the car.

He then shuts his door, turns his back to the officer and appears to walk toward the front of the car.

“No, no, no, stop, stop,” the officer is heard saying, and puts his hands on Lyoya’s shoulder and back.

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Lyoya is seen resisting the officer’s touch and quickly backs away from the officer, running away from him before the officer tackles him to the ground.

The audio of Lyoya speaking is indistinguishable, but as he continues to resist arrest, the officer is repeatedly heard saying, “Stop,” and, “Stop resisting.”

The video shows Lyoya getting up and standing, the officer drawing and then deploying a Taser. Winstrom told reporters the Taser was deployed twice during the confrontation but the prongs didn’t hit Lyoya.

“Let go of the Taser,” the officer is heard saying on his body cam video.

At this point, the officer’s body worn camera was deactivated. Winstrom said it takes pushing a button for three seconds to turn off the body camera and he thought pressure from Lyoya’s body caused the deactivation.

Another angle of the incident, taken from a neighborhood home surveillance camera, captures the rest of the altercation.

After the officer says, “Let go of the Taser,” the two continue to wrestle on the front lawn of an unidentified residence. Roughly 90 seconds later, the officer is heard yelling, “Let go of the Taser,” followed by, “Drop the taser.”

While the video is taken from a distance, less than three seconds later, the officer is heard shooting Lyoya, according to audio from the video. The cell phone video also shows the fatal shot.

Lyoya was shot in the head, the chief said.

“It should be noted that Patrick never used violence against this officer, even though the officer used violence against him in several instances for what was a misdemeanor traffic stop,” Crump said.

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When asked by CNN what police officers are trained to do in these situations, the chief said: “Typically the answer is that you’re trying to place him in custody. … You’re trying to secure that individual.

“The follow-up question, I’m sure, will be was the use of force in policy, and I’m not going to comment on that. But the test is going to be whether, in the view of a reasonable police officer, whether that deadly force was needed to prevent death or great bodily harm to that officer.”

Winstrom said he had spoken to the officer, who the chief said was in shock.

Family came to US in 2014

The Lyoya family moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the US in 2014, and has been working with their representative, Pastor Israel Siku, since Patrick’s death. Siku’s first language is Swahili and he also acts as an interpreter for the Lyoyas.

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He told CNN he was with Lyoya’s father, just days after the shooting, when they were invited by police to review the video of the shooting.

Siku described the father’s reaction to seeing the video: “He melt(ed) down, he didn’t have anything to say. He almost passed out.”

At a community forum Sunday, Siku told a church full of people, “I saw the video, I could not sleep.”

“The boy was on the floor, the cop as he lays on him, pulls up the gun and shoots him in the head and back up. Patrick did not move,” he added.

Michigan State Police investigating

Michigan State Police said once the investigation is completed, the evidence will be turned over to the county prosecutor who will decide on charges.

Kent County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Becker asked for patience from the public.

“The Michigan State Police independent investigation into the incident is not complete. This is an extremely critical incident, and one that everyone involved in the investigation is taking very seriously,” he said Wednesday in a statement.

“…while the videos released today are an important piece of evidence, they are not all of the evidence… By law, we are required to review all available evidence before we consider whether charges should be filed, and if so, what appropriate charges should be,” he said.

A death certificate with the cause and manner of Lyoya’s death has been prepared, but will not be completed until the toxicology and tissue test results have been received from a contracted laboratory, Kent County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen D. Cohle said in a Wednesday statement, adding his office has requested the results be expedited.

The full autopsy report, which will be done once toxicology and tissue test results have been received, will not be publicly available until state police conclude their investigation, as is standard operating procedure, Cohle said.

The medical examiner said the family has also been offered the opportunity to seek an independent autopsy.

CNN’s Stefanie Becker and Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.



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Can palm-sized Joro spider survive Michigan winters; Expert weighs in


There could be a new spider in town, and it’s a really big spider. But will it make it through a Michigan winter? Let’s see what a researcher thinks.

The Joro spider is a spider native to Japan. It showed up in Georgia about eight years ago. The spider made the trip from Japan in some container with items shipped from Japan. In the past eight years the Joro spider has expanded from one sighting in Georgia to living across a large area of north Georgia. A natural expansion of living area to Michigan could take 20 years, according to Andy Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist, The University of Georgia.

Joro

Joro spider (photo provided by Andy Davis, Assistant researcher at The University of Georgia)

But Davis admits the Joro spider will probably not wait 20 years to visit Michigan. The Joro spider will likely show up in Michigan someday soon as a hitchhiker in luggage or in a vehicle.

Davis says the summer is no problem for the Joro spider. He wanted to know if the Joro would survive the colder winters of the northern U.S. So fellow University of Georgia researcher Benjamin L. Frick and Davis studied the metabolism of the spider in hopes of developing a winter hardiness picture.

The Joro spider was compared to another initially non-native spider, the golden silk spider. The golden silk spider now has around 160 years of living in the U.S. Davis and Frick found the Joro has a few characteristics pointing toward more cold hardiness than the golden silk spider. The researchers evaluated the Joro’s respiration, heart rate and ability to survive two minutes of 30 degree temperatures.

Of course the spiders would have to survive more than two minutes below freezing here in Michigan.

Joro

Joro spider (photo provided by Andy Davis, Assistant researcher at The University of Georgia)

The research showed that the above vital signs pointed toward the Joro being able to survive in colder weather than Georgia.

Davis then looked to the weather in the Joro’s native land, Japan. Davis told me the Joro has been found in Japan all the way up to the northern tip of the country. Davis then said the latitude of the northern tip of Japan is 45 degrees North latitude. The 45 degree North latitude line runs across Michigan from near Leland to Bellaire to near Alpena.

Davis said he looked at this past year’s weather at Grand Rapids and Aomori, Japan. Aomori is one of Japan’s northernmost cities, and Joro spiders live there. Grand Rapids has a similar climate with just February being colder.

Davis admits it’s still uncertain, but here are his thoughts on the Joro spider living in Michigan. He says the adult spider can probably survive a Michigan winter. The adult spider having surviving babies will possibly not occur. The adult spiders would live through a Michigan summer and fall, and then lay eggs. The egg sack is about the size of a pea, and like a spider sleeping bag, according to Davis. The egg sack could freeze in the winter, and the unborn spiders wouldn’t survive.

Joro

Joro spider (photo provided by Andy Davis, Assistant researcher at The University of Georgia)

Davis says the spider won’t be a harm to humans if it makes it to Michigan. It’s not a dangerous spider to humans, but could change Michigan’s ecosystem by becoming a predator to some of Michigan’s native insects.

He also wants to emphasize the Joro spider won’t be falling out of the sky on top of you. In recent days there have been articles calling this a parachuting spider. Davis says the correct term is ballooning. Ballooning happens when the babies hatch. They send out a long thread into the wind that the babies travel along. The babies are so small at that point that you wouldn’t even know it’s happening.

But if the babies turn to adults, or you run into an adult, you’ll find a web up to three feet across and a spider the size of your palm.



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Mountaineers Travel to No. 3 Michigan for Regular-Season Finale


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University gymnastics team (13-3, 0-2 Big 12) prepares to conclude the regular season with a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to compete against No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Auburn on Saturday, March 12. Competition inside the Crisler Center is tabbed for 4 p.m. ET.
 
Saturday’s action will be streamed live on B1G+, while fans also can follow along with live stats available at SidearmStats.com.
 
“I am always excited to make the trip to Ann Arbor, but this season especially with both Michigan and Auburn competing with us,” Mountaineer coach Jason Butts said. “There is going to be some amazing gymnastics happening Saturday afternoon, and we are ready to showcase WVU gymnastics in a high-energy atmosphere. The team has been training and competing very consistently, and I am expecting a strong performance this weekend.”
 
Overall, Michigan holds a 20-4 all-time advantage in the series, with WVU’s last win over the Wolverines coming in 2004. The two teams last met in 2021 at the NCAA Morgantown Regional on April 2, in Morgantown. Michigan took first place in the regional final, while the Mountaineers placed third. The Wolverines then went on to win their first NCAA championship title in program history.
 
Michigan enters Saturday’s tri-meet with a 12-1 record on the year, boasting a 197.950 National Qualifying Score (NQS). Of note, Michigan coach Bev Plocki competed as a member of the WVU gymnastics team from 1985-87, leading West Virginia to three NCAA Regional Championships appearances. Plocki was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
 
West Virginia and Auburn meet for the 11th time on Saturday, with the Tigers holding a 6-4 advantage in the series. The two teams last met in 2012, and WVU claimed a 195.175-193.65 victory in Morgantown. Auburn comes into the weekend with a 10-2-1 overall record this season, owning a NQS of 197.650.

In this week’s Road to Nationals rankings, WVU ranks No. 16 on floor exercise with a 49.345 NQS. Individually, senior Kendra Combs sits in a tie for No. 37 nationally on floor with a 9.900 NQS, while junior Abbie Pierson is just behind her in a tie for No. 44 (9.895 NQS).

 

Regionally, the Mountaineers rank No. 6 in the Southeast with a NQS of 196.085, their first team NQS of 196.000 or higher since March 26, 2018. The team sits at No. 2 on floor and No. 6 on balance beam (48.965 NQS) and vault (48.995 NQS). WVU also checks in at No. 7 on the uneven bars (48.930 NQS).

 

Combs sits at No. 4 in the individual regional rankings on floor. She is followed by Pierson at No. 6, while junior Kianna Yancey, sophomore Kiana Lewis and freshman Anna Leigh are tied for No. 14 in the region with matching 9.855 National Qualifying Scores.

 

In the Mountaineers’ home finale on March 6, WVU used event wins on balance beam and floor exercise to tally a come-from-behind, 196.250-195.400 victory over Ball State inside the WVU Coliseum. West Virginia put together another big performance on floor exercise, with all five scoring gymnasts tallying a 9.85 or better to earn a 49.325 total on the event.

 

Yancey paced WVU against Ball State, notching a pair of podium finishes, including a share of first place on floor after recording a career-best 9.9 to anchor the lineup. Pierson also recorded a pair of podium appearances, while six other Mountaineers added one podium finish apiece. Senior Rachel Hornung was the Mountaineers’ lone competitor in the all-around, as she finished in second place with a career-high matching 39.175.

 

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Very good bass fishing at Braidwood Lake, a brief preview before the opener of LaSalle Lake next Tuesday, March 15, the spread of open-water fishing around Chicago, lake trout and coho on southern Lake Michigan, and the return of river reports lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.


Very good fishing at Braidwood Lake, a brief preview before the opener of LaSalle Lake next Tuesday, March 15, the spread of open-water fishing around Chicago, lake trout and coho on southern Lake Michigan, and the return of river reports lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Tom Starcevich emailed the photo at the top and this:

37 inch lake trout on a 1oz white tube jig at Portage Indiana today

He added these details:

me and my cousin jigged up 4 Lakers today water temp was 33 degrees very cold my buddy was trolling today for coho he got nothing so far the coho run is pretty slow lot’s of boats out trolling not many coho luckily the lake trout were biting they were very deep 47 to 35 ft of water dead on the bottom we worked are jigs slowly and got a few

BRAIDWOOD LAKE

Since the reopening on March 1, there’s been some unbelievable bass fishing going on over the past week on the cooling lake in southwestern Will County, though winds closed boating Sunday.

Pete Banach sent a sample of the bounty caught at Braidwood Lake on opening day March 1. Provided photo

Pete Banach sent a sample of the bounty caught at Braidwood Lake on opening day March 1.

If you follow regularly, you know the Fish of the Week came from opening day on March 1.

Pete Banach also sent the photo above, and this:

“Easily caught over 100 fish between the 3 of us. Lots of 2 1/2 to 3 pound fish.”

See below to hear/read that assessment seconded.

James Baranski with one of many good largemouth bass caught opening day at Braidwood Lake. Provided photo

James Baranski with one of many good largemouth bass caught opening day at Braidwood Lake.

James Baranski messaged the photo above and this report:

I was first in line for opener of Braidwood with Steve McClone from Moonpie outdoors 3 years running. We got about 80 for a 2 man team. A lot of 2.5 to 3.5lbders…

I have a lot of respect for those are get into line early. What can I say? I enjoy doing it, too.

Bob Johnson with a good largemouth bass from Braidwood Lake. Provided photo

Bob Johnson with a good largemouth bass from Braidwood Lake.

Bob Johnson emailed the photos above and below, and this:

Hi Dale – Much of the same today and some surprises. My fishing partner Joel Wilson caught 2 hybrids today on shad color lipless crankbaits and the were strong healthy fish catch and release. I believe these 2 hybrids are the first to get caught on any of my boats from Braidwood in the 30 years on that lake. The Bass fishing is still produces numbers and size today my 2 biggest weighed up at 3.5 on drop shot and 4 lbs on a Carolina right fished with a power bait general. We also had luck throwing a Ned rig and Rapala OG Tiny shad color. Jigs with a creature worked too. Looks like the hybrid stripers are going to be a pleasant surprise for many who fish for them

Joel Wilson with a good hybrid striped bass from Braidwood Lake. Photo provided by Bob Johnson

Joel Wilson with a good hybrid striped bass from Braidwood Lake.

Seems like the right place for a reminder that district fisheries biologist Seth Love would like to hear from anglers on hybrid catches at Braidwood. You can email him at [email protected].

Braidwood is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset.

LaSALLE LAKE OPENER

The cooling lake southwest of Seneca, reopens Tuesday, March 15.

Biologist David Wyffels said most will be focused on blue catfish and hybrids striped bass. Bluesare looking significantly better.” Fall survey showed good increase in blues of 20-30 inches and fish of 30-35 inches showed back up. Hybrids showed good numbers in the 17-20-inch range in the fall survey. Bluegills are looking exceptionally well, quite a few in that 8-10 inch range. Largemouth bass are looking better than last year, but not like days of yore.

Site is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. As a perched lake, boating is often closed because of high winds. Check (815) 357-1608 for daily updates on boating.

NAVY PIER ANGLING

The north side of Navy Pier is open for anglers. The discounted parking for anglers is $9 daily, if out by 10 a.m.

LAKEFRONT PARKING

Chicago Park District’s parking passes for the fisherman’s parking lots at DuSable and Burnham harbors are on sale at Henry’s Sports and Bait in Bridgeport and the Northerly Island Visitor Center.

Readers suggest SpotHero app downtown. Otherwise, here are some basics: Foster (free street parking or pay lot); Montrose (now a mix of metered and free street parking); Belmont (pay lots on north and south sides); Diversey (pay lot or street parking); DuSable Harbor (pay lot or fisherman’s lot); Northerly Island/Burnham Harbor (meters, pay lot or fisherman’s lot); 31st/Burnham (meter parking between McCormick Place and 31st Street Harbor); Oakwood/39th (meters); 63rd Street/Casino Pier (pay lot); Steelworkers Park (free street parking at east end of 87th); Cal Park (free parking).

PIER PASSES

Pier passes are good through Tuesday, March 15, then the gates are chained until boating season. The $6 pier passes, which allow legal access to select piers at most Jackson Park, Burnham, DuSable, Diversey, Belmont and Montrose harbors, may be bought at Henry’s Sports and Bait (cash only) and Northerly Island Visitor Center (credit-card only). A number of additional piers were added this year to bring the total to 31 piers.

AREA LAKES

Definitely a transition period. Ice fishing is done most areas, Ice is off in some places south, still thick some places north.

The Leyden bass fishing team got in some practice on the beautiful Saturday at Busse. Provided photo

The Leyden bass fishing team got in some practice on the beautiful Saturday at Busse.

Rob Abouchar emailed the photo left and this:

Hi Dale The long pulaski day weekend was filled with lots of fish catches as we transition from ice to open water. Friday after work a nice largemouth hit a tip up with a shiner minnow. Saturday I hit busse lake with the leyden bass fishing club. The action for bluegill was fast and steady on waxworms. When the waxworms ran out bits of Berkeley max scene bait did the trick. Lots if anglers were fishing the open water discharge and salt creek Some small bass were being caught on small minnows. When I returned home the ice was still Holding up so I set one last tip up. Possibly the Last fish of the ice season was an acrobatic pike that broke the line and came flying out the hole onto the ice. Kind of fitting as we’ve been chasing the esox all season. With Monday off for pulaski day I hit Braidwood for some shore angling. The wind rain sleet snow and fog did not seem conducive to good fishing but some good largemouth action along the shore line on the warm side near the second and third trash can. Square bills in purple craw and sexy shad got hit hard in the rocks. The sun actually came out and the island was visible as a pelican flew high into the clear. On the music front an appearance on que 4 radio for live performances and video recording Tight lines and good health Rob.

I always enjoy the music updates. Think of it as the seasoning for the MFR.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with an open-water largemouth bass. Provided photo

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with an open-water largemouth bass.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley of Husker Outdoors emailed the photo left and below, and this:

Hey Dale, Here is a recap of this past weeks fishing. Area lakes-Open water opportunities started this weekend on lakes out south. It was good to finally breakout the long rods. Ducks and muskrats were enjoying it as well. Bass were good on lipless crankbaits worked along the wind blown north shorelines during early afternoon hours. On sunny days these shorelines will have warmer water temps and hold the most active biters. Here is the nature pic of the week. Out for a swim. TTYL — Ken Husker O’Malley Husker Outdoors Waterwerks fishing team

Mallards swimming. Credit: Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Mallards swimming.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA

Greg Dickson at Triangle Sports and Marine in Antioch said the ice is deteriorating, it is hurry and wait time.

COOLING LAKES

Braidwood is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. See above for report on opening week.

LaSalle reopens Tuesday, March 15; Heidecke, April 1.

DOWNSTATE

POWERTON: Boat and bank fishing is open. Winter hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

EMIQUON PRESERVE: Hours are sunrise to sunset. Access permits and liability waivers are required. They are available Tuesday to Saturday at Dickson Mounts Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SHELBYVILLE: Check with Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Check with Jason Johns of Boneyard Fishing.

HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Closed. Reopens May 15. Check regulations at http://www.wetlands-initiative.org/dixon-paddling-fishing.

DuPAGE RIVER

Nick Schmitt with a good smallmouth bass from the DuPage River. Provided photo

Nick Schmitt with a good smallmouth bass from the DuPage River.

Ed Schmitt emailed the photo above and this:

Hey Dale, it’s been awhile since I’ve had anything to send you, my apologies. My son Nick and I fished a section of the mighty DuPage River in Plainfield this Saturday afternoon during the warm spell and did pretty good for our first open water trip of the year. We had our best luck dragging our own custom poured darter and NED stick soft plastics, but shallow cranks and jig/craw combos also produced. We fished out of my 12’ sit-on-top kayak working areas of submerged large chunk rock in slow-moving water. Water temps were hovering around 45°F and visibility was only 12 to 15. This evenings storms and predicted cooler temps will undoubtedly change conditions, but it won’t be long and the duper will be back to floatable or wadable levels. Attached is an image of my son’s best of the day, she bumped out at 18.5 and went 2.9lbs on the digital scale. We caught quite a few more and some of them had scars and wounds from being caught before. Catch & release works and we’re big fans! We’ll be back out again soon! Ed

There’s a lot of truth to ponder in that report.

FOX RIVER

Dicky’s Bait Shop in Montgomery reported a few catfish caught on larger shiners; people trying for walleye below the dams; a few smallmouth caught.

GREEN/STURGEON BAYS, WISCONSIN

Staff at Howie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay said anglers are still getting out for whitefish, mostly in 70-90 feet. Keep an eye on conditions, if planning a trip.

HEIDECKE LAKE

Closed. Reopens April 1.

KANKAKEE RIVER

Staff at Kankakee River Trading Post in Altorf said the river is fast and high, but some anglers are catching walleye, mostly on live bait, and a few others getting few smallmouth.

LAKE ERIE

Click here for the Ohio DNR Report.

LAKEFRONT

Big perch caught downtown Chicago. Provided by Jason “Special One” Le

Big perch caught downtown Chicago.

Provided by Jason “Special One” Le

Arden Katz said that on Sunday at 89th he “tore up the perch. They are in there.” He was using used chartreuse Instinctrix jigs, by Panfishpro.com, with spikes.

Others seconded the good fishing for the perch over the last week.

Jason Special One Le texted the photo left and this: Over 13 inches I never seen one of this for awhile. I caught at Downtown Chicago on Sunday,

Steve Palmisano at Henry’s Sports and Bait texted:

Some coho and trout mixed in from the powerline reports. By sinking a portion of a powerline one can possibly catch both coho and trout. Perch still biting at 87th!!

I like that idea.

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted:

hopefully opening Saturday at 5 AM that is the plan right now

LaSALLE LAKE

Reopens Tuesday, March 15. Site is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. Preview is at the top.

As a perched lake, boating is often closed because of high winds. Check (815) 357-1608 for daily updates on boating.

MADISON LAKES, WISCONSIN

Click here for the update from D&S Bait.

Pat at D&S Bait said ice is not in greatest (shores sketchy) but probably have ice fishing into next week; fishing is good on Monona Bay and north end of Waubesa; Cherokee is consistent; perch good deep on Mendota and Monona.

MAZONIA

Hours are 6 a.m. to sunset.

David Brooke emailed on Sunday:

Mazonia ice out report from today since Braidwood was closed I drove around a little bit. 3-5-22 Braidwood lake closed to boats Docs lake all bad ice Monster open 10’ at ramp, some shore water, rest looks like bad ice Gar lake open from clear end Carp lake ramp iced in for 30 yards, after that 80 or so yards of open water Bullhead aka Outhouse 70% open far as I can see, left side has ice Goose lake 5’ open at ramp, rest is bad ice. Loop road closed, I imagine because of the flooding that crosses the road in the back Bass lake, some patches of water on the main channel but mostly bad ice.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN

NOTE: Inland gamefish season is closed.

Kurt Justice at Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua emailed:

The inland gamefish season closed with little fan fare once again. Very icy conditions made travel dangerous, so few anglers traveled much less got out on the ice. Those that did had some success, but participation was low. Crappie: Good – Nice fish up to 15 this weekend with anglers finding suspended Crappies anywhere from 16-28’ taking minnows on tip-downs and waxies on jointed pin minnows (CLAM) or tungsten Kastmasters (ACME). In cabbage of 8-12’ working vinglas and pimples 1-2’ off bottom working for those fish in shallow. Bulk of the action deeper though. Bluegill: Good – Mostly working cabbage of 8-12’. 3mm tungsten jigs in dark colors (black, purple, red) tipped with mousses or waxies. Plastics in similar dark colors with red and brown (motor oil) best. Nice Gills in 7 ½ – 8 ½ range. Best morning until noonish, then again hour before dark. Yellow Perch: Good – Mud flats of 18-30’ using Halis, small PK tungsten spoons and Kasmasters to get wigglers, red spikes down to mud bottoms. Pound lure into mud, then raise 1-1 ½ ’, shake then hold still. Aggressive fish will rise 4-6’ to chase down (up) bait. Some weed Perch taking minnows or Northland Fry jigs loaded with waxies. Some nicer Pike were caught on this past final weekend of the gamefish season. Fish to 35, few Bass and even fewer Walleye it seemed. Shout out to the Wausaukee High School Ice Fishing Team who, despite bad weather, competed and took first (and second) place in the KISS Tournament this weekend. Conditions on the ice are not good for travel. With added sleet/rain over weekend, slush conditions worsening. Use tracked vehicles (snowmobile, ATV’s) for any distance travel. Stick to packed down areas for limited truck travel. Shorter distance walking using packed trails also advised. Temps from 0 degrees to mostly upper teens/low 20’s until Sunday mean little for improving conditions. Kurt Justice Kurt’s Island Sport Shop – Like us on Facebook

NORTHWEST INDIANA

The photo topping the online MFR indicates good lakers are around to be caught by boaters.

Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted:

Coho spotty for boat and shore fisherman one day ok next day slow slow Coho will be here in full force any day now squid, skein, shrimp and crawlers baits to start with Some crappie caught on the warm days we had around the docks and bridge down from portage marina using minnows The ice just got off the lakes and ponds so reports on the slow side.

I think he is right that coho will really break loose any day.

Christina Petrites at Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center in Hammond emailed:

Hi, Dale!The recent, fluctuating weather, has created some challenges in the fishing world. More steady temperatures with a steady increase are coming, though! Here’s what we’ve heard recently: River fishing remains strong for both Steelhead & Walleye. Mag Lips for the former; nightcrawlers & spinners for the latter. Coho is starting to pick up on the south end of Lake Michigan. Nightcrawlers, ThinFish, & Thinfins performing well.

SHABBONA LAKE

Thinning ice with a few small openings.

In March, site hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Concessions are closed, reopening April 1.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN

Proprietor Phil Schuman at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor said a few coho were caught Saturday afternoon; otherwise it is quiet.

Paddle and Pole hosts the Berrien Springs Fish Ladder Camera.

WOLF LAKE

On Monday, BoRabb Williams messaged:

Wolf Lake…. Ice off…. almost… not Quite … couple more days of SUN and it’s ON 4 ICE OFF!!

WOLF RIVER, WISCONSIN

Guide Bill Stoeger in Fremont texted:

They’re still driving on area lakes. Winnebago is giving up some nice perch. Gills, perch, and crappie are getting more active on the upper lakes . The river in Shiocton came up nearly 3 feet after Saturdays rain. With the current picking up, the ice should go fast.

I don’t know about others, but I find it remarkable that not that far north of us, they are still driving on the ice.





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Michigan at Ohio State odds, picks and prediction


The Michigan Wolverines (16-13, 10-9 Big Ten) travel to meet the 23rd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (19-9, 12-7) Sunday at Value City Arena in Columbus. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET (FOX). Below, we look at the Michigan vs. Ohio State odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

The Wolverines have alternated losses and wins across the past eight games, while alternating non-covers and covers over the previous 11 outings. Michigan failed to win or cover its most recent outing, falling 82-71 as a 2-point home favorite to Iowa Thursday.

Ohio State bounced back from a two-game losing skid at Maryland and home to Nebraska by posting an 80-69 home win over Michigan State Thursday. The Buckeyes covered as 5.5-point favorites vs. the Spartans.

In their first head-to-head meeting of the season, Ohio State picked up a 68-57 road victory at Michigan as a 3-point underdog with the Under (141) cashing, also. Ohio State is 4-1 straight up and 4-1 against the spread (ATS) across the past five installments of this series.

Rankings courtesy of the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports.

Michigan at Ohio State odds, spread and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:08 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Michigan +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Ohio State -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Against the spread: Michigan +3.5 (-107) | Ohio State -3.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 144.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)

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Michigan at Ohio State odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Ohio State 71, Michigan 62

Money line

Ohio State (-190) is a little pricey in this rivalry game, costing 1.9 times your potential return.

AVOID, and look to the spread instead.

Against the spread

OHIO STATE -3.5 (-115) is a much better play laying the points in this regular-season finale as OSU looks for a third consecutive win and cover in this series.

Michigan is just 5-8 ATS across the past 13 games overall, including the 11-point home loss to the Buckeyes back on Feb. 12. The Wolverines just haven’t played with any type of consistency, while the Bucks are 13-2 SU at home, including 5-2 ATS across the past seven.

Over/Under

The UNDER 144.5 (-115) is the play here.

Michigan has really struggled to score the basketball lately, going for 71 or fewer points in five of the past nine games, including the first meeting with Ohio State. The Under is also 6-3 in the past nine games for the Buckeyes.

F Zed Key, the team’s third-leading scorer at 8.3 points per game, is also a question mark for this one due to an ankle injury. That could help to keep Ohio State’s scoring down a bit.

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