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While Iowa officials continue to seek donors to help fund the proposed $47 million renovation and expansion of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Michigan is moving ahead with plans of its own for a basketball practice facility.

Regents there approved at $22 million plan last week that will lead to the construction of a 50,000-square foot facility adjacent to Crisler Arena.

Much like the plans at Iowa, the facility will include practice courts for men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as strength training and locker room facilities for the programs.

Unlike Iowa, where plans are somewhat dependant on successful fund raising, dollars aren’t an issue with the Wolverines. Athletics director Bill Martin said last week his school hoped to find some donors willing to contribute to the project but if that did not pan out, he said the department would tap into available reserves to fund the project and could proceed without any funds raised.

With new practice venues nearing the construction phase at Purdue and already being built at Indiana, Iowa and Michigan are the lone Big Ten schools without a practice facility dedicated to their basketball programs. Iowa anticipates a two-year construction period once ground is broken for a project that coaches Todd Lickliter and Lisa Bluder view as a necessity for their programs to compete.

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