Michigan will bus to Indy for NCAA Tournament, women’s basketball in WNIT, and more
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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 tells @michiganinsider that U-M will bus to Indy
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) March 13, 2017
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.
Michigan team together after finding out it did not get an invite to the Tournament pic.twitter.com/ZWpLZx12r1
— angelique (@chengelis) March 13, 2017
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.
Kim Barnes Arico on UM women: “They’re gonna really take advantage of the opportunity to prove the rest of the country wrong."
— angelique (@chengelis) March 14, 2017
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.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) March 14, 2017
- It appears Michigan and John Beilein are again winners in the ESPN Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. That means the Chad Tough Foundation is the real winner.
- Junior defenseman Sam Piazza earned a pair of honors from the Big Ten on Monday.
- Six Michigan gymnasts earned All-Big Ten honors on Monday.