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Michigan coach John Beilein recognizes the challenge ahead as his team will take on a Penn State team eager to earn a NCAA bid

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Tipoff is at 5:15 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

It got easier for the Wolverines just four minutes in when star Penn State forward Mike Watkins crumpled under Penn State's basket with an apparent right leg injury. The team has seen a different lineup in all six contests this season with 11 field players earning starts and two pitchers.

The Wolverines shot 45.1 percent from the field while Penn State made 42.4 percent of its attempts.

Poole's dunk in transition, and one, gave the Wolverines a 10-point lead, and Robinson hit a triple on the move to open it up to 30-17. On Sunday they connected on 75% against Ohio State.

The 2018 installment of the final spring practice of the year for the Nittany Lions, which always features an intra-squad scrimmage, will start at 3 p.m. on April 21 inside Beaver Stadium. The Gophers are 42nd in scoring (2.68) and 11th in goals against (2.32).

With the score tied at 46-all, MI went on a 10-2 run.

Michigan (22-7, 11-5) is coming off a 74-62 victory over Ohio State on Sunday, although the Wolverines can't win a regular season conference title since they are three games behind league-leading Michigan State with two games to play. Sophomore goalie Peyton Jones is 13-11-4 with a 3.00 GAA and.903 save percentage. Robson has played in eight series this season for the Maroon & Gold with Big Ten weekly accolades for the netminder following four of them.

Robinson and Poole came off the bench at the same time early in the first half and gave Michigan's offense the spark it needed. Zavier Simpson chipped in nine points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added nine points for MI.

Junior forward Tommy Novak enters this weekend with six assists in the last four games for Minnesota.

The five seed will begin conference tournament play next Thursday, March 1 against the victor of the game between the 12 seed and 13. From there, Penn State will head to the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the second-straight season where it will take on first-year team Duke as well as Virginia Tech, Feb. 16-18. The senior defenseman snapped a 46-game goal drought that stretched back to March 4, 2016 when he scored a pair of goals at Michigan State. MI had six blocks, including three by Duncan Robinson.

- Barnes notched her first career hat trick to go with an assist in the game.

Sophomore Ryan Lindgren and freshman Casey Mittelstadt helped the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team to a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. Lindgren, who helped the U.S. claim gold past year, served as an alternate captain for the team while Gopher Hockey alum Grant Potulny served as an assistant coach for the U.S. The University of Minnesota has now been represented at 40 of the 42 IIHF World Junior Championships dating back to the inaugural event in 1977. They'll have a chance for a fourth Quadrant 1 win Saturday.

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