The Michigan Wolverines had a very successful — in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee — season in 2017-18, going 28-7 overall and 13-5 in Big Ten play.
Once the Big Ten Tournament began, the Wolverines never lost another game. For the second-straight season, Michigan won the conference championship, ensuring its spot in the NCAA Tournament.
The conference title wasn’t a necessity — as the No. 3 seed the Wolverines earned for the tournament proves. With the No. 3 seed, Michigan will face No. 14 Montana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Montana basketball date, time, TV channel
Michigan and Montana play at 9:50 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15.
- Time: 9:50 p.m. ET
- Date: Thursday, March 15
- TV Channel: TBS
- Location: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas
How can I watch the Michigan-Montana basketball game online?
Michigan and Montana will be televised on TBS. You can watch the game online through March Madness Live.
How can I listen to the Michigan-Montana basketball game on the radio?
The Michigan-Montana game can be found through the TuneIn app.
Michigan-Montana basketball preview
Michigan is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 28th time in program history after earning the Big Ten’s automatic bid. The Wolverines (28-7) open tourney play against Montana (26-7), champions of the Big Sky Conference.
Michigan owns a nine-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament and the team’s last loss came on Feb. 6 at Northwestern when the team scored 52 points, which was tied for the least amount of points the Wolverines have scored this season.
Michigan reached the Sweet 16 for the third time in five seasons last year when it was a No. 7 seed. It beat No. 10 Oklahoma State, 92-91, in the first round, then knocked off No. 2 Louisville, 73-69, behind 26 points from forward Moe Wagner. The Wolverines eventually lost to No. 3 seed Oregon, 69-68, in the regional semifinals. The Ducks went on to win the regional final against Kansas and advance to the Final Four.
The Wolverines are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time under coach John Beilein. Only once in those appearances have they failed to win at least one game, including two trips to the Elite Eight (2013, 2014) and one Final Four (2013).
The Wolverines have become a hot name among Final Four contenders this year. Some analysts are picking them to win it all after they beat both Michigan State and Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines were seeded No. 5 and needed overtime to beat Iowa, 77-71, in the second round. They had no such struggles in beating No. 4 Nebraska (77-58), No. 1 Michigan State (75-64) and No. 3 Purdue (75-66) in succession.
In the NCAA Tournament, the Spartans are a No. 3 seed and the Boilermakers are a No. 2 seed.
Three Michigan players are averaging double figures in scoring: Wagner (14.5 points per game), sophomore guard Charles Matthews (12.6) and senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12.6). Abdur-Rahkman is second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.04), while sophomore point guard Zavier Simpson is No. 26 nationally with a ratio of 2.76. As a team, Michigan is sixth nationally with a 1.76 ratio.
It’s Michigan’s defense, however, that has been the catalyst of the team’s success. It is allowing just 63.5 points per game, the best average of any team from the Big Ten and No. 9 nationally. The Wolverines are No. 5 in the KenPom.com defensive efficiency ratings, giving up 92.9 points per 100 possessions.