Michigan is scheduled to tip off its Big Ten Tournament at noon ET on Thursday, but as of 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the Wolverines had not finalized any travel plans to even get to Washington D.C.
Michigan was supposed to fly to the nation’s capital Wednesday afternoon, but the team’s plane skidded off the runway in an aborted takeoff at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich. No one was seriously injured in the accident, coach John Beilein said.
PM update: we continue to look at travel options ahead of our Big Ten tournament game tomorrow. Thanks again for the incredible support! 〽
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 9, 2017
The Wolverines are scheduled to face Illinois at the Verizon Center in the first of four games scheduled for Thursday. The Big Ten has not indicated whether it would be open to pushing back tip-off, but some observers have speculated it would make sense to move Michigan State and Penn State up to noon and have Illinois and Michigan play at 2:25.
Beilein has indicated the team will fly to Washington on Thursday morning, not Wednesday night — though Brendan F. Quinn of MLive reports that the Wolverines still need to find a plane and crew.
As of now, Michigan's travel plans remain unresolved — finding a plane, crew, etc. Spokesman says game is still scheduled for noon.
— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 8, 2017