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Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media after earning his first win over the Ohio State Buckeyes as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines.

Jim Harbaugh had been the brunt of jokes for his inability to earn a victory against the Ohio State Buckeyes since being hired as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. He had gone 0-5 in his first five meetings as the sideline boss and the Wolverines had not won a head-to-head matchup against the Buckeyes since 2011.

But that all changed on Saturday, as Michigan defeated Ohio State, 42-27 to clinch the Big Ten East title.

Harbaugh spoke to the media following the huge victory, saying that this “feels like just the beginning.”

Jim Harbaugh: “It feels like the beginning.” pic.twitter.com/LcSqpF1wbP

— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 27, 2021

Jim Harbaugh speaks following Michigan’s huge win over Ohio State

This is certainly the beginning for Michigan. Next weekend, the Wolverines face off against either the Wisconsin Badgers or Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game. If they were to win, Michigan would clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff for the first time ever.

Harbaugh commented on the big performance for defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson on Saturday, saying that he should be in consideration for the Heisman Trophy.

Harbaugh says Aidan Hutchinson should be considered for the Heisman Trophy.

— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 27, 2021

Hutchinson made life miserable for quarterback C.J. Stroud and Ohio State’s offensive line. On the day, the defensive lineman recorded seven total tackles, three tackles for loss and three sacks. With those three sacks, Hutchinson now has 13 on the year, which is the most ever recorded by a Michigan defender in a single season.

Harbaugh gave credit to the defense as a whole, led by coordinator Mike Macdonald, saying that they had Ohio State’s offense doubting themselves.

Jim Harbaugh on Mike Macdonald’s defense today: “We had them doubt what they were seeing.”

— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 27, 2021

It certainly helped that the Wolverines defense eliminated the Buckeyes running game, as they accumulated just 64 yards on 30 carries on the day. Even though Stroud threw for 394 yards on the day (34-for-49 on his throws), it was not enough to keep up with Michigan. Specifically, running back Hassan Haskins, who ran for five touchdowns in the game.

This is a win that Harbaugh will never forget. Now, their focus is on the Big Ten Championship Game.

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Sneaky Trade Would Send Kemba Walker to Western Conference Contender

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The New York Knicks are in a free fall and they currently find themselves out of the NBA play-in tournament after the loss to the Miami Heat.

There is a lot of blame to go around, but it’s becoming clear that the roster as currently constructed is not championship caliber, and it might not even be playoff caliber. A lot of that could have to do with injuries suffered by the center position or by backup point guard Derrick Rose.

The reality is that it didn’t seem like the team was going anywhere with all of them healthy. Julius Randle has regressed heavily coming his All-Star year, and with him being the team’s primary playmaker, things just haven’t worked out.

Signings like Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker were meant to move the needle for the team, but Walker has found himself in and out of the rotation and Fournier has been very streaky.

If the Knicks are looking to sell off some pieces, there are certainly suitors out there who would be willing to pick them up. Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz suggests the Dallas Mavericks go after Walker as a “sneaky” target because that is something nobody would ever suspect.

In a lot of ways, the trade would make sense for both sides.

Walker to the Mavs

GettyKemba Walker and Evan Fournier sign with the Knicks.

If the Mavericks were able to secure the talents of Walker, it’d take a lot of pressure off the struggling point guard. If you just look at the pure shooting numbers of Walker, things are looking good as he’s shooting 38.8 percent from three, well above his career average.

There’s still a lot he can provide to a team, just probably not as one of the focal points. With Luka Doncic being the clear star in Dallas and Kristaps Porzingis as his co-star, Walker could play a supporting role there.

Walker could even come off the bench with the Mavs and provide firepower that way. At this stage in his career, he doesn’t provide a ton defensively, so if he could come in and provide bursts of offense from the bench while playing with the starters or leading the bench, he might fit better there.

Walker came to the Knicks as part of a homecoming, but his return has been downright disastrous at times, and he doesn’t figure to play a role into the team’s future, so maybe a fresh start for both sides is what they need.

Will the Knicks Sell?

GettyNew York Knicks guard Kemba Walker reacts during a game against the Detroit Pistons.

With the Knicks in striking distance of the play-in tournament, they might find it more worthwhile to work toward that instead of selling off pieces to build for the future.

The reality is that the Knicks don’t exactly have a ton of talent they’re willing to let go because of how young the team is currently. RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin all figure to be key pieces for the future, and the Knicks might want to keep them around and develop them while also remaining competitive.

That doesn’t mean a Walker trade can’t still happen, but he, along with Rose, figure to be the most tradable contracts on the roster.

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