Selection Sunday at Crisler Arena

Dylan Burkhardt


The University of Michigan men’s basketball team will open the doors to Crisler Arena for Wolverine fans to watch CBS’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show tomorrow evening (Sunday, March 15). Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the Selection Show starting at 6 p.m.

All fans attending the free event will be able to park at the Crisler Arena main lot at no charge. Entry to Crisler Arena will be by Gates A and E. Fans will be asked to sit on the east side of the arena.

CBS Sports is expected to be on hand to follow the Wolverines live during the show. In addition, will also air Crisler Arena’s festivities via live webcast.

The Wolverines will be looking to garner their first NCAA Tournament bid in 11 seasons, which would also be the program’s 21st all-time appearance. The Maize and Blue, who won the 1989 national title, have a 41-19 all-time record in the “Big Dance”.

Head coach John Beilein’s Wolverines closed the regular season with a 20-13 record, doubling their win total from a season ago. U-M earned the No. 7 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and won its opening game, 73-45, against No. 10-seed Iowa before being eliminated by No. 2-seed Illinois, 60-50, in the quarterfinal. The Wolverines scored victories over ranked opponents three times during the season, including the No. 4 ranked team twice (No. 4 UCLA, 55-52, Nov. 20; No. 4 Duke, 81-73, Dec. 6; Purdue, 87-78, Feb. 26).

  • Ken in Las Vegas

    Wish I could be there. I’ll have to throw on the webcast.

  • Chad Jones

    this is awesome…cant wait to see this.

  • Tom, Also

    I’ll be there and can’t wait. As a senior that has loved M hoops more so than any other team on campus, this is literally one of the highlights of my college days, if not my life.

    Go Blue (and here’s to hoping that we play in Miami, because no matter where it is, I’ll be there, but Miami sure would be fun!)


    We should be dancin..yeaaaaah!

  • JimC

    Wow looks like PSU is OUT. Much sadness in Happy Valley tonight.

  • Tom Too

    I have to tell you, I have followed Beilein’s career since I played for him, and this is the most excited I’ve been about his team since the WV run to the Elite 8. This has very exciting because I can see almost every game (B10 Network) and because of this site…nice job Dylan! So, I haven’t endured the pain of all of you, but thanks for letting me come along for the ride! I really think that this is his last stop and will be here for 15 years……I see 4 final fours during that time and 1 National Championship.

  • bentley

    we are in… no doubt about it! Question: who would you rather be matched up with out of all the possible 6 and 7 seeds (I ranked my in preference from best match-up to worst match-up:

    1. BYU (one guy over 6-7 and not very deep)
    2. Marquette (nobody taller than 6-8 but they have very good guards in mcneal and mathews)
    3. Tennessee (this is a personal opinion, but I don’t think the vols always bring in their A game, might be a chance to catch them sleeping especially if they win today)
    4. Arizona St. (they remind me a ton of Purdue, one great player with a ton of roll players, difference is Harden is a guard and Johnson is a F/C. Either way we match up well with only pendergraph taller than 6-8)
    5. West Virginia (Ebanks is a tough match-up along with butler, but they are a streaky team, and if you catch them on a cold night from the outside they have a tough time scoring)
    6. LSU (their starting guard is a tough match-up other than that I don’t know much, but Trent Johnson is an experienced coach in the NCAA)
    7. Texas (this is a nightmare match-up with Pittman, Johnson, James and Abrams. this team has size and guards that can shoot, i.e. formula to beat M)
    8. Clemson (this team is very athletic and probably underrated. they won at Illinois and have the ability to throw up 80 without blinking)

    Let me know what you think…. ideal situation for getting to the sweet 16 is BYU or Marquette followed up by Villanova. I love our chances against those teams.

  • Good assessment Bentley. I agree, are chances are so much better with a team without 7 footers in the frontcourt. Can’t wait to find out who we play.

  • El Capitan

    BYU is definitely the team I would like to see, but if Tennessee wins today, their confidence will be at an all-time high.

    Texas is obviously the worst possible draw because of their phenomenal skill and physical style of play, and Clemson would be a bad matchup too. If they make us play at their pace, we will be run out of the gym.

  • “Today, is a good day to die” No its not that serious but damn it feels good to be back in the tournament. The hoops team is dancing and the football team is practicing outdoors today, its as if the dark clouds have lifted.

  • Tom Too

    I have seen #11 UM vs #6 West Virginia in Miami…we don’t want WV (Physical), but it would be interesting….

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  • jmblue

    Tom Too – you played for Beilein? If you don’t mind me asking, when/where?

  • JimC

    bentley good work. I saw M vs. Clemson in a mockup. Yikes.
    But it’s so great to be back!

  • Tom Too


    I played for him from 1988 (redshirt) to 1992 at LeMoyne College. He immediately left for Canisius (sp?) about three weeks after my last game. Great guy, great teacher of the game (obviously). He is by-the-book too. There will never be any hint of any rule bending by him or his staff. He wouldn’t even let us get rides to the cafeteria by the assistants on the staff. Never really even gets CLOSE to anything resembling rule bending. Super guy….lost contact with him when I joined the Peace Corps in 2002.