Week #11: No. 1 Seed U-M to Begin Big Ten Tournament Play Friday
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Nov. 1, 2011

THIS WEEK
Friday, Nov. 4
-- vs. Iowa/Indiana - Big Ten Tournament Semis (State College, Pa.), 10 a.m.
Live Stats (to come) | TV: Big Ten Network | Big Ten Tournament Central

2011 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 3-6
Penn State Field Hockey Complex (State College, Pa.)

Thursday, Nov. 3
Game 1 -- #4 Seed Iowa vs. #5 Seed Indiana, 10 a.m.
Game 2 -- #2 Seed Ohio State vs. #7 Seed Michigan State, 12:15 p.m.
Game 3 -- #3 Seed Penn State vs. #6 Seed Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4
Game 4 -- #1 Seed MICHIGAN vs. #4 Seed Iowa, 10 a.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
Game 5 -- #2 Seed Ohio State vs. #3 Seed Penn State, 12 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

Sunday, Nov. 6
Game 6 -- #1 Seed MICHIGAN vs. #3 Seed Penn State, 2 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

The No. 7 University of Michigan field hockey team (13-5, 5-1 Big Ten) will start postseason play this week at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament on the campus of Penn State University. Top-seeded Michigan earned a bye in the tournament's first round and will face either No. 11 Iowa or Indiana in the first semifinal this Friday (Nov. 4) at 10 a.m. That game can be seen on the Big Ten Network. If Michigan wins that contest, it will play in the championship game on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 6) at 2 p.m. That game also will be televised by BTN. Michigan is searching for its second straight Big Ten Tournament title and its sixth as a program.

The Wolverines split their two games this past weekend, defeating Indiana 4-2 on Friday afternoon (Oct. 28) and falling 3-0 to No. 9 Stanford on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 30). The win over the Hoosiers gave the Wolverines their eighth Big Ten regular-season title and fourth outright title in school history.

WOLVERINE BITES
Opponent History
Indiana -- Michigan holds a 10-7 series advantage on Indiana heading into the Big Ten Tournament. The two teams played this past Friday afternoon (Oct. 28) in Ann Arbor with the Maize and Blue coming away with a 4-2 win. The win propelled the Wolverines to the Big Ten regular-season championship with a 5-1 conference mark. Michigan is 1-2 all-time against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament but defeated the Hoosiers 3-0 in the 2005 tournament in Iowa City.

Iowa -- The Wolverines trail in the all-time series against the Hawkeyes 39-17, but Michigan holds a 4-3 advantage on Iowa in Big Ten Tournament contests. The two teams faced each other in the first round of the 2010 tournament in Evanston, Ill., with Michigan coming away with a 2-0 shutout victory. Bryn Bain and Alicia Mayer scored goal in the win, while Christi Barwick earned the win in goal. Michigan also defeated the Hawkeyes 2-0 on Oct. 1, 2011, as Aline Fobe and Rachael Mack scored for the Wolverines.

NUMBERS GAME
U-M All-Time vs. Iowa -- 17-39
U-M All-Time vs. Indiana -- 10-7
U-M All-Time vs. Big Ten Opponents -- 103-104-8
U-M All-Time in the Big Ten Tournament -- 17-12
U-M All-Time in the Big Ten Tournament vs. Iowa -- 4-3
U-M All-Time in the Big Ten Tournament vs. Indiana -- 1-2

Staying Hot as Fall Nears -- After starting 0-4 last year -- including losses to three top-six ranked teams -- the Maize and Blue is 28-8 over the past two seasons, closing 15-3 last season and starting 13-5 this season.

Wolverines Clinch Big Ten Regular-Season Title -- Michigan won its eighth Big Ten regular-season title as the Wolverines defeated Indiana 4-2 last Friday afternoon (Oct. 28). This also was the fourth outright Big Ten title won by the Wolverines. Michigan won the outright title in 2000, 2002 and 2007. Head Coach Marcia Pankratz earned her seventh Big Ten regular-season title in the win over the Hoosiers.

Michigan also earned back-to-back regular-season titles for the first time since the Wolverines did the trick in 2003 and 2004. Michigan won three straight titles from 2002-04.

Michigan had four different goal scorers in the Indiana win, while junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) stopped five shots in the Michigan victory. [ Indiana Recap ]

U-M Going for the Daily Double -- Michigan is looking to win both the Big Ten regular-season and tournament title for the fourth time in program history. The Wolverines accomplished that feat in 2000, 2004 and 2010. Michigan has won the Big Ten Tournament title on five occasions, taking the title in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2010. Michigan has a Big Ten-best five tournaments titles, while Penn State and Iowa have four titles apiece.

All-Big Ten Teams to be Announced on Thursday -- The All-Big Ten teams as well as the specialty awards will be announced on Thursday (Nov. 4). At least one Wolverine has been picked for the All-Big Ten first team each year since 1995. Last season, Michigan had a pair of players on the All-Big Ten first team (Meredith Way and Paige Laytos) and two on the second team (Rachael Mack and Alicia Mayer). Marcia Pankratz also was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career.

U-M Seniors Honored in Stanford Game -- The five University of Michigan seniors were recognized before this past Sunday's (Oct. 30) game against Stanford. Seniors Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional), Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional), Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines), Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) and Hannah Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) have combined to make 245 starts in their U-M careers.

Michigan Ranked Seventh in Latest NFHCA Poll -- For the third straight week, Michigan is ranked seventh in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, released Nov. 1. The Wolverines received 540 points and are one of five Big Ten schools (Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State and Northwestern) to be ranked in the top 20. North Carolina is the number one team after its win over Old Dominion on Sunday. The Monarchs are second, followed by Maryland, Connecticut and Syracuse.

Big Ten Stats -- Junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) leads the Big Ten in goals-against-average (1.23), while fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) is fourth in the league (1.53) ... Jones is tied for second in the Big Ten with three shutouts ... Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is fourth in goals (12) and tied for fifth in points (26) ... Senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) is sixth in assists (9), while sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) is tied for ninth with seven assists ... Freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for fifth in goals (11) ... As a team, Michigan is second in the conference in goals-against average (1.40) and is tied for the lead in shutouts (6). The Maize and Blue also is third in scoring margin (+1.45).

Quick Hits -- Fifth-year senior Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) tied a career high with two assists in the Indiana win. Brandes also had two assists in a game on Sept. 10, 2010, against James Madison. Brandes has eight career assists as a Wolverine ... Michigan's loss against Stanford on Sunday was its first to a team that did not reach the 2010 NCAA national semifinals. Michigan had lost to North Carolina (twice), Maryland and Ohio State, three of the four teams that were in last year's national semis ... Michigan ends its regular-season at Ocker Field with an 8-2 home record. Michigan outscored its opponents 28-12 in the 10 home contests.

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Nov. 8 -- NCAA Selection Show (Webcast: NCAA.com)

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