The march into March continues for the Michigan basketball team.
With five games left in the regular season, Michigan (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) is simply focusing on getting wins — a necessity if the Wolverines want to strengthen their résumé for a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan, however, plays four of its final five games on the road, starting Sunday night when it faces Minnesota (19-7, 7-6) in Minneapolis. Michigan has won only one true road game this season — a 75-63 win Feb. 12 at Indiana — but enters Sunday’s game against Minnesota on a three-game winning streak. The latest win was perhaps the Wolverines’ most impressive, 64-58 win Thursday against No. 11 Wisconsin.
Michigan basketball at Minnesota game time, details
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, Feb. 19
Location: Williams Arena, Minneapolis
The line: Minnesota is favored by 2 points.
Which TV channel broadcasts Michigan basketball at Minnesota?
BTN will broadcast the game.
How can I watch Michigan basketball at Minnesota online?
BTN will stream the game at www.BTN2Go.com
How can I listen to Michigan basketball at Minnesota on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 195.
For Minnesota basketball, 1500 AM (KSTP-Minneapolis) is the flagship station. Click here for other Minnesota radio affiliates.
For Michigan basketball, 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW-Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA-Ann Arbor) are the primary stations. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
Who is calling the Michigan basketball at Minnesota game?
Play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson and analyst Shon Morris will call the game for BTN.
Minnesota’s radio crew includes play-by-play announcer Mike Grimm and analyst Spencer Tollackson.
Michigan’s radio crew includes play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard and analyst Terry Mills.
Three keys for Michigan
Continue to exercise offensive depth: Michigan had three scorers in double figures in the win Thursday against Wisconsin: Moritz Wagner (21 points), Zak Irvin (18) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12). For Irvin, it was a slump-busting performance as he had scored 5 or less in four straight games. Wagner, Irvin and Abdur-Rahkman stepped up when point guard Derrick Walton Jr. went cold, hitting just 1 of 8 shots for 5 points. Michigan is averaging 74.2 points a game, but Minnesota averages 75.2 points a game.
Take the free-throw points, but also go inside: While Minnesota is seventh in the Big Ten in scoring defense (68.3 points per game), it leads the Big Ten in field-goal percentage defense (39.3 percent). Free-throw shooting will be key for Michigan; the Wolverines went 9 for 13 against Wisconsin and leads the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (78.9 percent, 345 for 437). Minnesota also has the conference’s best 3-point defense percentage (30 percent), which means Michigan will have to count on its inside offensive presence — Wagner has emerged as that factor for the Wolverines as they head down the stretch.
Treat each game like a tournament game: The Big Ten Tournament doesn’t begin until March 8 in Washington, D.C., but right now wins are at a premium for every team with NCAA Tournament hopes — including Michigan. As of Saturday, the Wolverines are listed as either a 9- or 10-seed in three bracket projections: No. 9 in the West region (and on the bubble) on CBSSports.com, No. 9 in the East region in USA Today’s bracketology and No. 10 in the West region on ESPN.com.