VILLANOVA, Pa. — It happened exactly as John Beilein expected.
On Villanova’s second possession, senior forward Eric Paschall drove the lane, right at Ignas Brazdeikis. With Paschall’s 40-pound weight advantage and three more years of college experience, it should have been an easy two points. Instead, the freshman held his ground, absorbed the contact and took the charge.
The Associated Press called it the United States’, “worst weather-whipping in years.”
The Michigan Daily called it, “another chapter in the rags-to-riches tale.”
The Michigan football team called it a Big Ten Championship.
Purely from a football standpoint, the 1950 edition of ‘The Game’ between Michigan (4-3-1 overall, 3-1-1 Big Ten) and Ohio State (6-2, 5-1) had the potential to be memorable, with a conference title and, of course, bragging rights on the line.