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Michigan players celebrate their Big Ten Tournament championship.

Michigan will bus to Indy for NCAA Tournament, women’s basketball in WNIT, and more

Kevin Goheen

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Today is Tuesday, March 14, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Michigan will be busing to Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament this week, coach John Beilein said Monday on Ann Arbor radio station WTKA-AM.

Beilein said while the NCAA typically doesn’t pay for teams to fly to tournament sites within four hours of campus, he doesn’t think there will be too many people disappointed with the travel plans. It’s been less than a week since Michigan’s charter flight to the Big Ten Tournament in Washington skidded off the runway at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti after high winds caused an aborted takeoff attempt.

The Wolverines (24-11) are the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region and face No. 10 seed Oklahoma State (20-12) at 12:15 p.m. ET Friday in a first-round game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan entered the national polls on Monday following its victory over Wisconsin on Sunday to the capture the Big Ten title. Michigan is No. 23 in the AP poll.

A week to remember

If you missed it, Land of 10 colleague Corey Masisak spoke with Michigan basketball players after Sunday’s win against Wisconsin and got their reaction to the entire week.

Women’s hoops to WNIT

Kim Barnes Arico and the Michigan women’s basketball team gathered at an Ann Arbor bowling-and-entertainment center Monday. They thought they would see their team name show up on one of the 64 lines during the NCAA Tournament selection show on ESPN.

Their name never came up.

The Wolverines (22-9) equaled a program record for wins in a season and finished third in the Big Ten, but a late-season stumble that included a loss to rival Michigan State in the Big Ten quarterfinals ultimately cost them a berth in the NCAA tourney.

Michigan was ranked as high as No. 20 in the AP poll this season before losing four of its last five games.

Michigan accepted the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the WNIT and will host Kent State on Thursday. Michigan has reached the WNIT semifinals each of the past two seasons.

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