ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan is playing its final home basketball game on Saturday and sending off seniors Derrick Walton Jr., Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal, Sean Lonergan and Andrew Dakich in the process. The Wolverines (18-10, 8-7 Big Ten) face No. 14 Purdue (23-5, 12-3) in a game that could help Michigan secure an NCAA Tournament berth.
The seniors had a video message to the Crisler Center faithful:
They were then introduced to the crowd, along with their parents:
Michigan is 52-15 at Crisler Center since the 2013-14 season, including 14-3 this season. The Wolverines have beaten Indiana by 30 points and Michigan State by 29 points at home this season, and knocked off then-No. 11 Wisconsin, 64-58, in their previous home game.