Michigan basketball is riding the hottest streak in the nation, and the Wolverines know how to celebrate it, too.
After upsetting second-seeded Louisville on Sunday, the Wolverines waited to celebrate in the locker room with the usual water-soaking of their head coach.
However, John Beilein was prepared and brought a Super Soaker to a water bottle fight.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 19, 2017
Beilein credited his wife, Kathleen, and equipment manager Bob Bland with planning and execution
“She had it under surveillance, and it was a little bit of a clandestine operation where she got it and then she snuck it to Bob Bland, so I was armed and ready to go,” Beilein said. “I went into this game with a lot of confidence I was going to be using it at the end of the game. At the end of the first half, I wasn’t so sure the Super Soaker, it was ever going to be known that I had it. But this group gave it everything they had and we won the game.”
The Wolverines have now won 12 of their last 14 games and are riding a seven-game winning streak stretching back to the final game of the regular season.
Here’s another look at Beilein soaking his players.
How alpha is John Beilein? Dude packed a super soaker because he expected this. Bet he packs scissors for the next trip. pic.twitter.com/5hTLS4RRmb
— Big Ten Geek (@bigtengeek) March 19, 2017
Michigan has become one of the biggest stories of the tournament season after the team endured one of the scariest moments of the season as its plane to the Big Ten Tournament suffered extensive wind damage on the runway of a Michigan airport.
The team is undoubtedly playing with an unexpected level of motivation. Michigan is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014, and awaits the winner of the Oregon-Rhode Island game.