For the second consecutive year, Michigan basketball is heating up at the right time.
The No. 17 Wolverines capped their regular season by steamrolling Maryland 85-61 on the road Saturday afternoon. It was the fifth win in a row for John Beilein’s team and Michigan’s seventh win in eight games.
No team is going to want to be matched up with Michigan in March.
The Wolverines (24-7, 13-5 Big Ten) head into the Big Ten Tournament next week playing their best basketball of the season. They will have a great chance to recreate some of 2017’s March magic.
Michigan improbably ran through the conference tournament last season, not only winning as the No. 8 seed with four wins in four days, but it did so days after the team’s plane skidded off the runway as it tried to take off on the way to Washington. After winning four games in the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan rattled off two more wins in the NCAA Tournament, including an upset of second-seeded Louisville, to make the Sweet 16.
The Wolverines will try to defend their conference tournament title next week at Madison Square Garden. They will either be the No. 5 or the No. 4 seed depending on what Nebraska does against Penn State on Sunday. And, as of Thursday, Michigan was a No. 6 seed in Joe Lunardi’s bracketology projection.
But if Michigan keeps playing like it has during the last two weeks, it won’t matter much whom the team is matched up with in March.