The tip time in Michigan’s opening game in the Big Ten Tournament against Illinois was pushed back to 12:20 p.m. ET, the conference announced. Michigan did not end up landing in Washington D.C. until Thursday morning following a travel scare on Wednesday afternoon.
The game was originally scheduled for noon, and the Big Ten did not make the announcement of the time change until just before 11 a.m. Michigan landed at Dulles airport at 8:50 a.m., but the team did not arrive at the Verizon Center until 10:40 a.m.
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Michigan was involved in a runway accident on Wednesday while trying to fly out of an airport in Ypsilanti, Mich. The plane carrying the team slid off the runway on an aborted take off. There were no major injuries to anyone on board.
The Wolverines flew out of the Detroit airport on Thursday morning, and will play their game with the ninth-seeded Illini less than 24 hours after the incident.
Fifth-seeded Michigan State will face 13th-seeded Penn State 25 minutes after the end of the Michigan-Illinois game.