Michigan players and coaches cut down the nets after beating Indiana and wrapping up a 15-3 Big Ten season. The Wolverines won their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986. Watch John Beilein and Michigan’s players cut down the nets in the embedded media players below.
Michigan will wrap up the regular season this evening at the Crisler Center when it hosts Indiana. The Wolverines will hope to avenge an earlier loss at Indiana and honor Jordan Morgan’s final game at the Crisler Center.
The latest on Indiana freshman big man Noah Voneh is that he will play, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. with Dan Dakich and Bob Wischusen on the broadcast for ESPN. Join in the comments section below before, during and after the game.
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The Big Ten regular season has obviously been kind to Michigan. The Wolverines will walk away from the conference season as champions regardless of what happens on Saturday night against Indiana. And while past Big Ten seasons have left the Wolverines feeling bruised and battered, this year is different.
The Wolverines have admittedly closed out the conference season by playing some sub-par Big Ten teams, but they are still playing perhaps the best basketball they’ve played all year. The weather warming up corroborates the feeling that things are looking sunny for Michigan at the moment.
Even John Beilein, he of the grim determination, admitted to feeling a bit peppy heading into the final game.
“I think we have, even myself, we have a little bounce in our step right now, which is always good,” Beilein said. “We accomplished one big goal, and now, let’s not look back, let’s accomplish more. We have just really fine young men and now they’ve accomplished one goal. They were pretty certain that they did not want to celebrate the other night too much. They wanted to celebrate by winning this game Saturday and looking at more highlights in their season.”
Beilein admitted that Michigan is unfamiliar with the position it now finds itself in, looking ahead to one more Big Ten game with the conference title already well in hand.
“I believe that last year we were still playing for a championship in the last game,” the coach said. “So this is new territory a little bit, to have already clinched a regular-season championship and have pretty good odds of getting into the NCAA tournament, and now you’re playing.”
John Beilein, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas were available to speak with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Michigan’s senior night matchup against Indiana at the Crisler Center on Saturday. They talked winning this one for Jordan Morgan, maintaining focus despite having already wrapped up the Big Ten title and more. You can watch the full press conference using the embedded media players below.
|Who: Indiana (17-13, 7-10 B1G) at No. 12 Michigan (22-7, 14-3 B1G)|
|Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI|
|When: 6:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8th, 2014|
|TV: ESPN | WatchESPN|
|Radio: MGoBlue, 950 AM, 102.9 FM, 92 Sirius, 190 XM|
|More: Shot Chart Scouting | Jordan Morgan Feature|
In its final game of the regular season, Michigan will have an opportunity to avenge one of its most discouraging blemishes of the season.
There won’t be much on the line Saturday in terms of Big Ten standings or making the NCAA tournament. Indiana probably needs to win the Big Ten Tournament to make the Big Dance and Michigan has already locked up the outright Big Ten Championship. The Wolverines are playing for seeding, but more importantly they are playing for pride.
Michigan is playing to make up for its disappointing loss at Assembly Hall earlier this season, but also its loss to Indiana one year ago at the Crisler Center. That one meant everything and the Wolverines were a bounce away from a Big Ten Championship.
Michigan has lost four of its last five games to the Hoosiers, and with a rotation that features four players from Indiana that’s a streak that means something. Saturday’s game will either be the perfect footnote to a marvelous regular season or leave a bitter taste before postseason play.